Last weekend was an exciting yet bittersweet weekend for my family, because it was moving weekend. After almost 10 years of my husband, the kids and I living in our first home together, it was finally time to begin a new chapter in our family’s story and move on to make new memories in a brand new home. This move taught me a lot, especially 9 things you should definitely not do when moving.
Due to moving often while growing up, this first home for our family was the place I lived in the longest.
Throughout all of the times I have moved it was usually either my parents taking care of the moving process or when I moved out on my own it was just having to move for one person. Needless to say I was very unprepared for all of the planning, stress and sheer exhaustion it takes to move a whole family from one home to another.
Thankfully I have lots of wonderful family and friends who helped make our move go more smoothly, after I learned the hard way first about 9 things you should definitely not do when moving.
Here are 9 things you should definitely not do when moving:
1. You should NOT fail to create a moving plan.
One of the first things that I learned is when preparing for a move there should be some type of plan involved.
A moving plan should incorporate things like a timeline for the move, what you are taking, donating and discarding.
2. You should NOT forget to ask for help.
In the beginning stages of preparing for the move, our house was in such disarray that I felt embarrassed to have people even come over and help pack. I should have remembered that if they love you they will come and not judge your disorganized home. Unless you have hired a moving company, you WILL need help and lots of moving supplies, so do not forget to ask for it and gladly accept it.
3. Boxes are your very best friends when moving, do NOT neglect to use them.
I found out the hard way why trash bags are called trash bags and should not be used in moving things you cherish (oops).
4. Do NOT forget the moving timeline (see above).
Remember that timeline for moving I mentioned in #1? Do not abuse time, for time is extremely valuable and it slips away as quickly.
When you know you are moving approximately 3 months ahead of your actual move date, do NOT listen when your husband says, “we have plenty of time to pack,” and nothing is packed only 2 weeks before your move.
5. Do NOT forget to change your address (mail, credit cards, drivers license, bank, passport, etc.).
This is a huge tip because if you fail to change your address, then you could possibly miss out on all of those magazines you never ordered, or your million dollar sweepstakes prize!
6. Make sure you do NOT use paper towels or nothing at all to wrap your dishes, glasses, picture frames or any other valuables.
7. Do NOT own so many shoes (Tieks) that your husband is labeling large boxes that contain your shoes with box 1 of 6.
Moving is such a great opportunity to go through your belongings and try to downsize, declutter as well as donate.
8. Please do NOT go shopping prior to moving.
I have learned it is not the smartest thing to add new items which will only need to be packed up and moved along with all of your current belongings. This tip comes straight from my husband, who had to inform me I did not in fact need to buy more shoes prior to moving.
9. You definitely do NOT want to leave the home you are moving out of without multiple final inspections.
I know for a fact I did not mean to leave behind my wedding and engagement rings as a welcome gift for the people who purchased our home.
Check, re-check and check the home again after it has been emptied.
Have you ever moved before?
I said after this last move I would never move again but now I am trying to talk my husband into moving cross county to Arizona. Stay tuned…