3 More Tips - Moving with Children Part II

Now that we are starting to get a little more settled in our new home, I'm thinking back over how or move went - what went well and we could have done a better way, what we are so glad we did and what we'll never do again!

#1 Pre-order a moving truck

Request a moving truck or van well in advance of the day that you will need it, especially if you live a ways out of town or are wanting to rent the truck or trailer in a small town. If you are moving over a holiday weekend, this is even more important. And, expect delays! If the person renting the truck before you is late in returning it, then it won't be there on time when you go to pick it up. Calling a head of time is a great idea!

#2 Plan for RAIN

We moved the majority of our belongings to storage before we closed on our house. Every time we organized a large move, it rained! Luckily, we had rented a UHaul truck with a ramp, so we could back into the garage and load without getting too wet. Unfortunately this wasn't an option unloading into the storage unit. That means furniture and boxes pretty much got thrown in as fast as they could to avoid getting wet, but now lack any sort of organization!

We moved all our farm equipment - tractor and implements, 4 Wheeler, trailer - to my sister-in-law's farm four hours north of us. It took us 3 trips - all in the rain!

The day we drove 3 hours in our rented UHaul moving van and our Suburban (pulling a car hauler with an FJ Cruiser on top) to move into our new house, it rained! Middle Tennessee is full of beautiful hills, meaning that most driveways are up hill, making it especially hard to move in during an all day rain storm!
“Hourglass” by adamr at freedigitalphotos.net

#3 Plan for twice the amount of time you think you'll need.

We tend to over estimate how much we can get done in a set amount of time. Add in kids, rain, and other unforeseen complications, and you'll most likely need a lot more time to move than you originally thought necessary. If not, then you've built in a little very-much-appreciated down time in the mist of a move, if you'll over budget on the time required! You'll be glad you did, I promise!

Such fun! Moving is not for the faint of heart! Our little guy has done great with his first big move!

My Disappearing Act - We Moved!! 3Tips for Moving Part I

After having our hobby farm for sale for almost 2 years, we finally sold it this past month! We feel like we've been on a rollercoaster ride the past 2 years and are so happy to be OFF it!!
But moving is a LOT of work! I thought I had pre-packed at least half of our "stuff", but I think it was multiplying behind my back! We moved ourselves, no packing or moving company involved, so we learned a bunch a long the way!

#1 Get rid of anything you don't have to have or wouldn't be willing to pay to have someone move for you. It takes a little longer to pack, but decluttering is worth it! There is no sense in moving something and then getting rid of it. We are in that position ourselves - we moved to a house half the size of our original house and have over estimated what will fit!
#2 Don't buy boxes! There are so many places to get FREE boxes that it seems silly to buy boxes. In searching for boxes, I learned that most big box stores get shipments everyday and if you call, the night shift will save the boxes for you. I also found that if you drive behind a shopping center where the dumpsters are, you can score lots of boxes! Clothing stores have the best boxes because they are large, sturdy, and clean. Liquor stores have great boxes for packing dishes in as they are thick and usually have dividers that work well for glasses.
If you do need to buy boxes, as we did a few times in a pinch, WalMart and Home Depot are two places to get them other than a packing store and much cheaper!
#3 Say YES to help! I had a dear friend come over and help me pack twice, and my mom was with us to help for a few days as well. It's amazing how much more you can get packed with a few extra hands! And it can be fun as well. Help also came in the form of extra hands to move large furniture as well, and it was much appreciated!!
If you have multiple young children, help could also come in the form of someone to watch the little ones while you pack. Don't hesitate to accept childcare help from a trusted friend! Luckily, I have several older children and we each took a break from packing to keep the 2 year old out of the way.

Overall we're worn out - moving is a lot of work - and we're not finished as we have more stuff in storage that we still need to move to our new home - but we are happy to be starting a new chapter in life!