Help!! Were Moving!!

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Registered: 09-05-2011
Help!! Were Moving!!
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 10:23am


It's been a little while since I was last on the boards because it has just been so crazy! So this topic has been going on for about a year now. Finally my DH has accepted a job in Idaho and we currently live in Michigan. It's going to be a long hectic process and move to say the least! I SAH of course with 2 small boys, 2 & 4 and I'm just not even sure where to start when it comes to packing! I did have my DH pull ALL the baby stuff out of the attic so I could go through all of that. I have it all sorted and ready to sell or donate depending on our time frame. I think we are moving this June so it really only gives me April and May to get most everything done. AH!!! So I have all the baby clothes and baby items done now I'm just not sure where to start next. I do need to get the house "De-cluttered" so we can start to show the house. We really don't have much "clutter" other than the kids toys and things like bean bag chairs, art easel, kids books and a few trucks and things like that. I'm very organized when it comes to the toys. I have them all in totes in the basement with photos on front of what's in the tote, they are just clear totes with cars, logos and other little things like that.

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 4:52pm

Welcome back, Heather!

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Registered: 11-28-2007
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:55pm
hi, i am Melinda and i can feel your pain, we have moved sooo much since having our son and even a couple of times since we have added our daughter to our family. We have always involved our son with the process of packing etc. He has cried still sometimes, and he did really miss some of his friends the last time we moved from Florida to Delaware, but we let him express his feeling and encouraged him in new things, and making new friends etc. I have never had to sell a house though. But we do always get rid of as much as we can before we move, we usually yard sale and give away. Try not to panic and enlist the help of a good friend :) Good luck...i will pray for smoothness for you and we are here if you need to vent
Melinda (loving Jimmy for fourteen years, a mom to one angel Austin (02/05/03) and Jake (6) as well as Alora (1) if i could just figure out how to add a picture)
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Registered: 10-15-2001
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 7:27pm
Wow! Congrats on DH's new job. I am no help with moving. We moved about a year ago but it was 15min away so I was able to do one room at a time and at the end of the week DH and his brothers moved all the big stuff in 2 loads. And then for weeks after we boxed all the little junk that accumulates. I have no idea how we'd do a big move. I know we'd probably never afford it but when I got my job out of college they paid to have movers come in box it all and then move it. It was great! I guess just start with the things you don't use every day and label like crazy.
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Registered: 01-07-2004
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 1:46pm

hello!! this is my first visit to this board but i saw the title of your post on the main screen and thought i would pop in. i would take a day and have dh get the kids out of the house. maybe they go to grandmas or he can take them to the zoo or something...(if youre in the detroit area-the detroit zoo is AWESOME. im in michigan too-im in the detroit area...if youre in the coldwater area-i know binder park is decent too) anyway with the kids gone-i would start a major clean out of the house-go through clothes, toys, games, whatever. get plenty of stuff to donate and/or sell. i love a good garage sale-ive done 5 of them in recent years...but the last one i did-my kids were there-and my youngest about had a stroke when one of my neighbors bought a dvd of hers that she never watched. she forget she even had it until she saw it in the neighbors hand. but i did a garage sale the year before-my kids were visiting their aunt when i did it-i sold all my oldests bratz dolls and she never missed them. with kids, when theyre young, its outta sight, outta mind. so if you donate a lot of the stuff they dont play with and dont wear-they wont see it again, theyll forget about go through your stuff too-get as much gone as you can. i would also maybe try to save up a lil bit of money so you can buy some new items when you get to the new house...plates, pots, pans, even some toys. that way you wont have to move that stuff. i would start packing up the items you dont use all the time-christmas stuff, kitchen stuff. when we moved-i packed up my cookie sheets, my cookbooks, my blender, my mixer, my coffee maker and my big roasting pan. the boxes were marked just in case

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Registered: 08-26-2010
Tue, 04-03-2012 - 2:28pm
Late reply but... Congrats to your hubby! We are trying to move out of state too and my hubby is interviewing. :) Sounds like your move will be smooth with your organization!