Moving is like a familiar tune — but not necessarily one that I enjoy listening to again. My parents got divorced when I was three, and their custody agreement went as follows: four nights with Mom, and three nights with Dad. My sister and I went back and forth between their homes every other night. Yes, you read that right: every other night.
Going back and forth was all I remember… This was also before the time when divorcing couples realized that kids needed to feel “at home” at both Mom’s and Dad’s. So, we didn’t keep much stuff at Dad’s house — instead, we packed a bag for the nights we were with Dad.
Maybe it won’t come as a surprise when you hear that ever since I left home at age 18, I’ve moved to a different home every year or two. This weekend, however, when I officially blend homes with my husband, I hope to settle in and stay for a very long time. In the meantime, there’s more packing to do. So, how do you remain organized and motivated when you’re moving?
1. Purge. Believe me, I know how tough it is to say goodbye to your belongings. But paying for a storage locker can be a big trap, both emotionally and financially. If you’re still holding onto things from your past relationship, it’s time to purge. There are many ways to start: have a garage sale, sell your stuff on Craig’s List, give it away, bring it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
2. Remember that you’ve been here before — you can do it again. If you’re an adult, most likely you already know what it means to sort, purge, and pack. You’ve experienced moving before — successfully. The most challenging move I’ve made so far was cross-country with my toddler, just the two of us. Remembering this gives me the confidence that I can do it again.
2. Ask for help. Your mom friends might not jump up and down when you ask them to lift heavy boxes — but they can keep you company when you’re packing. Doing it all solo can be a lonely business. Ask a girlfriend to come over and sit with you while you go through drawers.
Tell me: When was the last time YOU moved?
How did you stay calm, sane — and organized?
Congrats to the winner of Gwen’s book, If It Walks Like a Duck, And Other Truth My Mother Told me… Stacy!
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