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Posts tagged ‘moving’

Moving To A New Home; A Few Tips To Make It A Better Experience

You know how everyone usually has one chore that they just absolutely HATE to do? Like taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, mopping, laundry etc. Well, the thing i absolutely dread doing everytime it comes around is not your typical chore. I don’t mind sweeping, cleaning the bathtub or vacumning the floor. The thing i dread most is MOVING.

It seems like everytime i’ve moved to a new house i have collected a mountain of new things and have no idea how it all accumulated. When all put away and organized in my house it doesn’t seem like too much. But the second i start putting my things in boxes i find myself wondering how in the world i have collected so much stuff!

Unless you are lucky and have settled into a home that you know will be yours for the rest of your life, most likely you are going to have to move a few times (or in some cases, a lot of times) in your lifetime. If you are organized and on top of moving, it goes much smoother and is a lot less of a burden.

Here are a few tips to helping your move be a better experience:

  • Plan Ahead- Don’t think for a second that you are going to be able to pull off, start to finish, a move in one day. Although you may be able to get everything out of your house in one day, you will probably want to pack boxes starting at least a week before hand. Even if you have a small house, you really have no idea how much stuff you really have. If you want to be smart about your move, plan a head of time and make sure you are prepared.
  • Label Every Box- The most terrifying thing about moving is have a stack of boxes in your new home and having NO idea where they go. Having to go through every box to see what is in it to see which room it will be put in. To make the transition easier, make sure you label every box clearly. Write down with permanent marker which room it will go in (i.e. Kitchen, Dining Room) and then what is in it (i.e. Dishes, Towels).
  • Get Help- Its okay to get help from others to help you move. Dont be embarrassed to ask! There are plenty of people out there willing to help.  If you have a few more hands to get furniture and boxes into a moving van, the move will go a ton quicker. Its okay to ask family, friends, or wo-workers for help moving. If they are good friends they wont have a problem helping you out. Although you may want to get a brib like pizza or doughnuts for those helping out. :)
  • Keep Your House Clean- This is an obvious one that sometimes i forget. If you are trying to pack with an unorganized or unclean house, you will come out with an unorganized and unclean move. It takes much longer to pack a house that is unorganized or messy. So to help make the move quicker and less of a hassle, take a couple hours (or a whole day if you need) to organize and deep clean your house. It will make a big difference once you start putting things in boxes!


Making Your House Feel Like Home

Moving has its pro’s and cons. You might be excited to move to a new house or in a new area. It may be bigger, nicer, or just in a better area. Or you might not love the idea of moving so much for whatever reason.  Also, lets get real, its not a super fun task to move all the stuff that has been accumulating into your house to a new place.

Whatever reason you may be moving, or if you are excited or not, the fact is that this new place feels foreign. Whenever i have moved into a new house it has sometimes taken me months to get adjusted and actually feel like the new place is my home. There are a few things that have helped me adjust faster.

1. Unpacking as soon as possible. This might sound wierd because of course you are going to unpack, but i have found that the sooner you get the things out of the boxes, the sooner it starts feeling like an actual home. If you have a tendency to keep things in boxes for a few weeks, you might want to start unpacking now if you want the new house to feel more more like home. Nothing feels more foreign than living in an empty house. The faster you decorate and furnish it, the more it will feel like home.

2. Get candles to make it smell like home. If there is a scent that makes you feel like home, or one that you used in your old house, find it and use it in your house. Get a candle with that scent and keep it going in your house while you are still adjusting. This will help you feel more comfortable and remind you of home.

3. Put up family pictures. One of the best ways to make your new house feel like home is by putting up pictures of your family. Whoever makes up your family unit should be shown through out the house. Even if it is not an elborate picture, even just having pictures on your refridgerator will make you feel like you are at home with your loved ones.

4. Invite people over. Having friends and family over is one of the best ways to make your new house feel more like your home. Because the house is filled with new happy memories and fun people, it will start feeling like a place you are comfortable being in. Filling it with laughter and people you love is the best way to make you feel at home and in turn making your home feel special.

5. Let it get a little messy sometimes. Obviously we want to keep our houses as clean as we can. But sometimes letting things get a little messy, or not cleaning up right away, helps us feel like our house is actually being lived in. When things are always perfect, sometimes it feels like a strange house. I’m not saying you need to leave your house in a pig sty, but if you occasionally leave the bed unmade, or leave a few clothes on floor for a few hours, it won’t be a huge deal and you will be suprised that it feels like your actual home.




Moving Your Pet To A New Home

Moving to a new home is stressful for the entire family. Parents might be stressed about moving everything carefully and successfully, and young children might have anxiety about making new friends. But pets are often forgotten in this equation. The entire moving process can be very stressful for your pet. Not taking necessary precautions can traumatize or injure your pet. Here are some simple ways you can make the moving transition as smooth as possible.

While Packing

While you are packing, make sure to keep certain items away from your pet. If you usually keep cleaning supplies or other chemicals in a pet proof (or child proof) area, pack those items carefully. Pets, like children, can get into everything and anything. Dogs especially can chew through simple cardboard boxes and into harmful chemicals. Wrap those items up extra carefully to avoid a frantic call to animal poison control.

On Moving Day

On the actual day, a loose pet can actually inhibit the success of your moving team. Whether your pet is a distraction to the moving team (who can resist puppy dog eyes begging to play catch?) or is knocking over moving supplies, it is best to remove your pet from the equation. Find a neighbor’s house nearby that your pet can visit while the big moving is happening. This way your pet won’t be in the way but will still be comfortable. If that is not an option, designate one small room in the house for the pet and place a ‘do not disturb’ sign. By sequestering your pet, you will know that it will not get in the way, but it will also not disappear unnoticed.

After the Big Move

Moving into a new place can be scary for anyone. But a completely new place can be terrifying for a pet. To avoid traumatizing your pet, or worse, having it run away, slowly acclimate your pet to its new surroundings. In your new home, introduce your pet to its new area (room). After a few days open up the area to more space, and slowly to the rest of the home. After your pet has a good feel for the house, let it wander in the yard (if your pet is allowed to wander in a yard. I would not try this with a gerbil. A cage is a cage to that pet). When you introduce your pet to the yard, make sure that it is closed in. An animals natural instinct is to explore, but in a new area it might not be able to find its way back home.

Other Tips

In case your pet does wander off, make sure that it is identified properly. Collars with your contact information are great, but collars can fall off. Microchips allow pets to be identified by vets or a shelter.

Prepare for your pet for the actual traveling. If you are driving a long distance, keep your pet comfortable and stop often for bathroom breaks to avoid unnecessary messes.