"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

Camping out at home

It felt a lot like camping last night as we spent our first night in our new home after a long, busy day of moving. Our mattresses were on the floor, but at least they were there. There weren’t any tables set up yet, but we enjoyed a lovely supper and breakfast in lawn chairs on the back patio.

What the little booger does while we're unpacking

We worked late into the night, and the fun began again today. There have been a few things that weren’t easy to smile about along the way…like the delivery guy tearing up our new floor when he installed the refrigerator, before we even moved in. (They’ll fix it. Sometime.) But there have also been many, many reasons to smile. I always love my sons, but this week especially I am enjoying having two strong, willing teenage boys in our family. Our friends, neighbors, and family members have all been so sweet to help out, providing lunch, helping to pack and load and unload, sharing boxes, bringing supper over, and running errands for us. The  new neighbors we’ve met so far have all been great.

I don’t enjoy the process of moving, but I do love the feeling of starting fresh in a new place. (The organizer in me will be having a heyday soon!) And it’s always nice to receive help from those we love, who apparently love us, too.

So, today I’m asking you for some tips. What have you found makes the whole moving out/moving in process go more smoothly? Please share in the comments below. We can use all the good advice you are willing to share…

Thanks for stopping by.


Comments on: "Camping out at home" (7)

  1. We are in the process of moving as well, so I’d love to hear any good advice you or your subscribers have to offer.

  2. I have found that instead of using lots of bubble wrap, using clean towels, hand towels, t-shirts and socks is a great way to pack breakable items. Double duty….gets those linens and clothing items packed and protects the breakable items, too.

  3. leahcoats said:

    Don’t try to do everything in one day! 🙂 It will get done!

  4. Unpack the kitchen first. You can’t really live in a house until the kitchen is in working order. ~Tracy

  5. Amy Worlow said:

    My favorite tip is the use of colored index cards. I choose a color for each room and tape an index card to each box for that room. At the new house, I tape the index card to the door frame. Now anyone helping can ‘match’ the box to the room and they don’t even need to be able to read! (and they don’t have to constantly ask you where a box goes). Two story house? Solid colors for downstairs and striped for upstairs.

    • Janice (mom) said:

      All these tips are good, but I’ve never heard this one — and think it’s great!! Did you come up with this yourself? Or passing it on from another source? Knowing how smart and organized you are, I would bet this was your idea!

  6. Janice (mom) said:

    Amy, we discussed this last night, but I’m posting for others who will see this with the hope it might help them at some point. Should have asked you to pack a bag of personal items/clothing for each family member to be taken to the new house (or grandma’s). That way hair brushes, shoes, and other needed items for the next few days of moving/confusion would be available on-the-spot.

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