Lindsay Gill: Moving Stress: Cut back on the stress of moving

Friday, September 12, 2014

Moving Stress: Cut back on the stress of moving

  stress free moving 

Hello there readers of From Wedding Rings to Teething Rings!  I'm Cassy, I blog over at Exquisitely Chic. I'm a beauty blogger by night, and a military wife by day. Spending the majority of my time taking care of our new puppy and writing thank-you cards after my recent nuptials (which takes much more time than I originally thought).

 Being a military wife you get to be very good at several things; and one of those things is going through the in's, out's and upside-down's of moving. Talk to a veteran wife and they'll tell you it's a piece of cake, but for our first posting back in June, it was anything but. We're still dealing with paperwork that we thought was finished, but isn't. 

Here in Canada, the military provides you with packers, movers and accommodations while you wait for your belongings to arrive at your new home. You're probably thinking that they take care of all the most difficult things, so why am I bothering with this post? Because, the most difficult part of moving is not putting items in boxes, or putting those boxes in a moving truck. It's what leads up to the packing that makes you want to rip your hair out, call it quits and simply live in a motel for the rest of your life. Uhm, did I say that out loud?

 About a month before you're going to be moving you'll want to start purging your house. Throw away anything you haven't used recently, clean up any old food that's in your fridge and, if you're a beauty blogger, this also means you'll want to get rid of any half-empty or unused for months lotions, foundations and shampoos. You'll also want to start eating the food in your cupboards and especially your fridge to save yourself from throwing out too much before you leave your current home. About two weeks out you should start changing addresses (given your new home is empty).

 A week away you've hopefully cleaned up any items you no longer need/want and cleaned up your closet - donate anything that can still be worn that you no longer wear, throw away anything with holes, tears, rips or stains. You should make sure you pack anything you and your children will need for any time you'll be staying in a hotel.

Another great idea is to pack up a "First Night Box" - this would include any blankets, pillows and stuffed animals you and your children would need to sleep. You can also include your iPad loaded with movies. Chances are if your boxes are taken off the truck late at night you might not want to do much that night.

You'll also want to throw away or give away food items that can't be packed with you. This includes refrigerated items and liquids. Set aside any items you'll want to bring in your own vehicle. For us, this was my computer, his laptop, our files and personal documents, his military kit and our guitars. The day you get your stuff packed, or pack your stuff, keep your cleaning supplies out. You'll need it.

After your boxes are all packed onto the moving truck do a thorough cleaning of your house. Wipe off all counters, cabinets and shelves. Spot-clean the walls, vacuum and wash the floors. If you really want to pack up your cleaning products (remember, the movers won't take liquids - you'll have to chuck em, or bring them with you) you can hire someone to come into your home and clean up after you've left. You can also hire someone on the other end to do the same thing with your new home.

 Now's the easy part - get into your car and drive to your new home! Whether you're twenty minutes away or a week away, be sure to enjoy the trip and get to know your new neighbourhood. You'll enjoy being there so much more when you know where your new grocery store and pharmacy is. Good luck with your move, hopefully it will go smoothly and you won't come out the other end with too many grey hairs!

 XOXO - Cassy

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