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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Ten Commandments... Of Moving

Hey all! I am absolutely woofed from moving.  I wake up in the mornings and literally unpack and/or clean all day.  I'm pretty much done with the exception of a few things like pictures that still need to be hung.  Currently, our three upstairs bedrooms are used for randoms that we don't know what to do with.

All I can say is, praise Jesus we have wifi.  Watching/listening to movies while I unpack is really nice.  Anyways, while unpacking, I came up with a list of "commandments" for moving.

In no particular order:

1.) Thou shalt not.... get a manicure before you move.

Yeah, my nails no longer look like this
Holy...cow... my nails are a MESS.  I've not only broken every single one, but they're splitting and cracking all over the place.  Picking up heavy stuff, peeling off tape, and lots of heavy duty cleaning has given me man hands.

2.) Thou shalt not... listen to "The House that Built Me" as you're pulling away from your old home.

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Of ALL the songs of my iphone, this one comes on 10 minutes as I'm leaving Indy.  Hardcore water works... I was a mess.

3.) Thou shalt not... pack your box cutter.

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I'm the genius who forgot to leave the box cutter out, and the movers packed it.  Thank goodness it was in one of the first few boxes I had opened. Opening boxes with kitchen scissors is not ideal.

4.) Thou shalt not... open a bunch of boxes and dig through them.  One at a time.

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It is SO hard to resist the urge to not open a bunch of boxes and pick out what you need.  Then, at the end of the day, you haven't accomplished much but instead, open up a bunch of boxes and half empty them.  Going through one box at a time and making a trash, not sure, or put away pile makes it much more manageable.

5.) Thou shalt not... work without a Diet Coke.

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This speaks for itself.  Sometimes you just need a good Diet Coke to get you through polishing and cleaning all of your stemware.

6.) Thou shalt not... mop the floors BEFORE you move in.

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It was so temping to mop the floors and make them sparkle when the house was all empty.  But, you and the movers will be in and out of the house a million times before the day is over.  Your shoes will track in all kinds of dust that will totally cancel out all of your prior day's hard work.

7.) Thou shalt not... wait until the last minute to declutter.

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This is something that G and I majorly failed at.  If I had it to do all over again, I would have taken one room per day and seriously considered what we were going to not need or want in the new house.  Since we didn't do our own packing, I kept thinking how much time was wasted that the movers packed certain items that ended up going straight to Goodwill in Peoria.

8.) Thou shalt not... forget to make sure your sugar and flour are wrapped extra and very padded.

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So...one big box of kitchen stuff had our OXO Pop containers.  One of those giant containers contained powdered sugar...and busted...all. over. everything.  It was a huge mess and a major pain in the butt.  Thankfully, everything could be wiped off (including 80 K-cups).

9.) Thou shalt not... have your pets around.


Thankfully, Gracie was boarded and with my parents during the move. I can't imagine having to be worried about her running out open doors, tripping the movers, and being scared with all of the loud noises.  My parents were able to bring her to Peoria as soon as we were mostly unpacked and things had calmed down a bit.

10.) Thou shalt not... sweat the small stuff... like scratches.

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You WILL get little scratches in your hard wood floors and your furniture.  It's going to happen.  File a claim on the big ones and MOVE ON.  George and I were discussing a particularly sad story about one of my patients with cancer one night, and George made an excellent point.  During this patient's last few weeks on Earth, do you think they go home and point out all the scratches in their hardwood?  No.  These things are not important in the grand scheme of things.


That's all for now.  Is there anything else that you would add to the list?

12 comments :

  1. Happy to hear that you're almost all settled.
    These are all spot on. I'd also add, thou shall take a day or two off work when you move. That's probably one of the things I regretted the most, it definitely would have helped me not feel as rushed.

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  2. Sounds like you have it under control. Well...now that you found your box cutter. {I would accidentally pack it too, that's so me!}. When you're finished unpacking and cleaning you will definitely deserve a manicure and some rest!
    Congrats on the new house, it's beautiful.
    xoxo
    Rachel

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  3. These are all so good. Moving is messy! The packing of the box cutter is too funny. I actually put mine in my purse so I wouldn't lose it. One box at a time is good advice otherwise you end up getting all excited about what you found you never get much done. Glad it is all going well.

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  4. I completely agree with all of the above!!!! Couldn't be more excited for you guys!!! So So exciting!!!

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  5. Gracie is soooooooooo precious :-) omg, she is soo cute!!!

    And, good luck moving :)

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  6. These are all great!! Packing and unpacking are definitely hard - but I'd rather un-packing because you're somewhere new!! Not to mention you have that beautiful house to decorate!! Labels were my best friend when I packed up my previous apt!

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  7. i LOVE this list. We just recently moved and now renovating and waiting on the finishing touches and it's been pure chaos. I have cried more than I would like to admit, but my husband and I keep trying to remind each other, in the grand scheme of life, these are the LITTLE things.

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  8. Super great tips!! I hate moving glad you are almost all settled :)

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  9. Ha! These are great. I'll keep them in mind when I move some day!

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  10. Love it. A little humor helps during this stress time of moving homes.

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  11. Love it. A little humor helps during this stress time of moving homes.

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  12. Mop the floors after you moved in, it is better that way. Thanks for sharing us this ideas.

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