So being MIA has been justified. Our family of five has been in the process of moving. Truth be told, the whole family hasn’t…. this Mama has. I like things organized in my way. I like to have the control. And with that comes the anxiety, grief and tiredness that all the stresses of moving 2 adults, 3 children and 3 animals has to offer. I am also currently working for two hospitals, per diem, to keep my nursing skills in check through our summer break and make a little extra cash.
Moving for us comes in phases. In my past life I have moved across country twice as a single person, moved twice as a couple and twice as a family of three. In all honestly it’s exhausting. With 4 extra people the amount that is accumulated is immeasurable and I feel as though I clean up, turn around and clean up that same mess again. Fortunately, my three Littles are all at appropriate ages to partake in cleaning up (can I get an amen?), regardless of how big or small those efforts might be.
I have been packing for a while now. To keep my sanity in decided that packing an entire house, three years of memories, and all the crap we just can’t seem to shake needed more than a weekend. And let’s face it, I needed the space to part with baby things my not so babies might not need any longer.
So… in true fashion here are some ideas and tips I have found that have helped me get through the process of moving my semi large family:
1-Start with the least necessary areas/rooms/spaces- for me this was my linen closet. I have enough linens to wash an army so I decided to minimize what was available for the sake of space. It felt amazing.
2- Keep clutter to a minimum. This means going through things and throwing our what you haven’t touched, forgot you had and just don’t need. For me, I rid my closet of clothes that don’t fit and aren’t needed. It also included the children’s closet and my husband’s as well.
3- Reducing the number of products we use. So I tallied it up… the number of shampoos, conditioners, soaps, hair products and skin lotions was all too rediculous to admit. It was a sad sight and its been donated or used before any other product is allowed in our house. Seriously… go through your cabinets (even for fun) and take a peek at what you have.
4- Quality over quantity. Quantity of toys, quality of product or furniture- what ever it is, simplifying life makes the well oiled machine (aka our household) rum smoothly and causes this mama to have little to no freak outs. That equals success. Everyone loves a happy mama.
5- PLAN! PLAN! PLAN!. Planning is key. Have an organized way of knowing how you’d like to manage your move. Execute it to your best ability and given yourself room for error. Murphys law will happen at some point so better plan for your course to have a few bumps and misgivings in the journey.
Overall when it’s said and done it will be a blessing to have this experience behind me. It’s alot of work moving a household this size but I know what it means form our future and how good it will feel with a “lighter” household.
How do you move?
The Naturalist Mama
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