This picture has nothing to do with today's post, but couldn't resist she is such a ham! She said, "Mom this is how movie stars dress when they are hiding from paparazzi!"
Since I've been married I've moved 9 times in 16 years! Only once did we hire movers, they worked for 10 hours, lifting the heavy stuff, I still did the packing. Every single time we vow, never again! Kinda like child birth, but then you soon forget the pain... I'm amazed with the amount of junk we accumulate. I get such a high, getting rid of things that are not useful, giving furniture to family/friends, throwing away junk! I advise everyone, to pretend like your moving at least once a year, completely removing items from a room, cleaning the floors, dusting everything, paint, spruce things up, to keep your home clutter free, and just clean! I always pride myself with how "clean" I think I am, but moving sheds a huge spotlight on the clutter! Gross!! I'm determined to try to live with only what we use, need, and only a few wants! This move has taught me we truly only need, shelter, food, clothes, a few books, toiletries, little else! OK stepping off my soapbox, I wanted to share a few moving tips, I've learned along the way...
- Paper work first, at least a month in advance, like filling out a change of address, school registration paper work, (before all important documents are packed up)
- Call all utility companies to set turn off/on dates
- Fill out online DMV change of address
- Start informing accounts of new address, in case some don't change over with address change.
- Find new doctors, in your new area online, or ask around
- Look at new city's website, to get acquainted with attractions
- Fill out library card online
- Close up any accounts in your local area
- A couple weeks out order your Uhaul
- Check Craiglist daily for moving boxes, usually free, but always first come first serve, John would check daily with Von's, for Apple boxes, these make great moving boxes, no taper required!
- Start major purging, list stuff on Craiglist, take unused clothes to Goodwill, We ordered a dumpster, and believe it or not it was filled to the rim! (Not proud of this)
- If your lucky to get into the new place before hand, bring cleaning supplies to spruce it up, cupboards, windows, dust, it's so nice to have everything clean, before all your stuff arrives!
- I went online to map out my nearest grocery store, favorite shops, pedicure shop:).... You know the important stuff!
Oh it's not normal for kids to have their dinner in the jacuzzi???? It is when you don't have a dinning table anymore!