It's been almost a year since we packed up our stuff and moved from Port Huron, MI. It was the second time that we have moved since Hannah was born. (We actually moved to Port Huron in the very early days of Hannah's pregnancy. I couldn't understand exactly why it was that Joel was working like a horse and I kept having to take breaks. And then I was a little astonished that I ate an entire porterhouse steak with sides at dinner that night.) But, the first after she was born was a little move in town. And the second being into storage in Kentucky and then out of storage into our home in MI. We were without a permenant address aka homeless for about two months before Joel started working at his current position and our moving in occured the same time that he started working. Here are somethings that I learned during those two moves.
1. Keep out the portable DVD player and movies housed in a cd zipper pouch.
2. Use the internet and your computer for as long as you can. Especially if you have Netflix instant viewing.
3. It is actually easier to just throw their old toys away and say "sorry" later than it is to unpack your house and then have to go through them.
4. Your basement is bigger than you think, please start earlier than you believe you should. And take your kids down there with you, cause really what are they going to destroy?
5. Let your child spend as much time with their friends as your friends will let them. If they are gone all day, that is a wonderful blessing to you.
6. Have a relative come in to help you, they can play with your child and then you can also put them to work once the little ones are asleep.
7. If you need it, don't put it in a box. You might not ever find it.
8. Switch to disposable everything the last week. You don't have to eat at restaurants, but trust me you don't want to be making meals, cleaning pans, spending time with your kids, and packing.
9. The last day, when you think that you can't take it anymore, push through that. Take thirty minutes, goo somewhere special that you might not see in awhile and then come back. You'll be a new person.
10. Once everything is packed in the truck and cars and you're cleaned out; take your child and go through everyroom of the house a pray a blessing on the next family that will live there.