So it's been well over a month since we have moved, and if I had it all to do over there are a few things I would do differently!
#1 PACK TOILET PAPERSelf explanatory, don't 'ya think?? I actually had a box filled with essentials (toilet paper, wipes, etc., but didn't know which box it was in!) Fortunately for us, the tenants before us left a couple of rolls behind. I texted her a "thank you" and she said she has moved enough times to learn her lesson!
#2 DRINK COFFEELife works so much better with a cup of coffee. Honestly, I don't think of myself as a coffee drinker. Maybe once a month--if that--I would drive thru Starbucks for a Frap, but while we ate breakfast with my in-laws at their hotel, I figured I'd give it a go. Let me tell you, I was wayyyy more productive than I normally am, and it felt so good. The ONE morning I didn't drink coffee, our landlord commented on how tired a looked. Coffee it is.
#3 BE ON THE SAME PAGE AS YOUR HUSBANDSooooo super important!! There were a few discrepancies that threw us for a curve ball... i.e., where furniture was going... where the TV remote was... & others that I have probably blocked from my mind. Next time, we will come together well in advance, and map out a plan!
#4 LET YOUR INNER OCD/TYPE A PERSONALITY OUT!I'm a natural Type A girl, but I vowed to myself that I would go with the flow for this move. But this was not the time to be all loosey-goosey. My husband kept saying, "Why didn't you make a list? I figured you would make a list. You always make lists." & I was all like, "Because I was trying to be relaxed!" Lesson learned.
#5 HAVE A 'DO NOT PACK' BOX& pack it up in the car BEFORE the movers arrive. I had a DO NOT PACK box clearly labeled, but it still got packed in the moving truck. It had all of our important bank information/checks in it! Yipes! Fortunately, it was delivered with nothing missing. Thank goodness! On the day that the movers came, we were scrambling to grab stuff so they didn't pack it up. These guys were fast, let me tell you!
They even packed Emmy's "port-a-potty" with PEE IN IT! Yes! You read that right. Our sitter had taken Emmy to the park for a bit, then came back for lunch. She put the potty in the bathroom, and before she could even tell us it was in there, the movers had wrapped it and placed it in a box! I'm sure glad we found which box it was in otherwise it would have made for an interesting unpacking!
#6 HAVE A BABY & PUPPY SITTERThankfully my parents kept Indy out of our feet, and our sitter took Emmalyn out of the house while the movers packed us up. We couldn't have had such a smooth move without my in-laws entertaining Emmalyn in our new city. They took her to the zoo, the beach, a museum. I got so much accomplished without her around. (No offense Emmy!)
#7 HAVE YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW UNPACK YOUR KITCHENThis was amazing! A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I couldn't be more grateful!
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Having the Military set up our moving service was an absolute dream! They seriously spoiled us. I wouldn't do it any other way!