My husband and I like change. There I said it. Out. Loud.
In our married life, we have lived in six different apartments or houses over the past 19 years. And we have bought and/or sold three homes. (About to buy our fourth!)
And surprise! We are moving across the country. Again.
Coast to Coast. Again.
This time West to East — Charlotte, NC bound!
It’s refreshing to finally realize we just aren’t the type of people to settle in, put down roots and live in the same neighborhood for 20 years. But I’m sure it comes as a surprise to no one that moving is just plain exhausting.
Our three kids on the other hand, aren’t little anymore. Moving again is not a happy thing for them. We convinced them the schools will have more to offer, the shopping will be NORMAL and yes… we bribed them with promises of their own rooms for the first time in their lives!
As for me? I know from experience: I will miss the people I love. There are plenty of things I will miss about rural Oregon, but I know it’s the people that will fill my heart and my memory over anything else.
Moving is exhausting, change is exhausting — but if we hadn’t moved this many times, there’s no way we would have met so many amazing people. Here’s to meeting more new and amazing friends, again.
Here’s to embracing change.
A moving tip—of course.
Skip the garage sale.
I know, you’re gasping a little right now. But stay with me. I’ll make your move a snap!
1. De-clutter year round. As often as monthly: give out-grown, out-fashioned clothing away, take a box of rarely used items to secondhand stores — and take a hard look at the most cluttered areas of your home: garage, storage rooms/sheds, craft closet and for me… the kitchen.
2. When it’s time to pack up and move, do not pack anything you don’t LOVE. If it has value; sell it. If it’s particle board; donate it. If it’s a plastic container you’ve had since college, gently and lovingly say goodbye and recycle it!
3. Hold an un-garage-sale. First, list your items on Facebook and see which local friend wants to buy your stuff. Second, list your items on a local sales site like Craigslist.com. Anything that doesn’t sell… DONATE!
You’ll make more money when people want a specific item than the pennies from a garage sale on the same items. And when it’s all over, use $50 from your sales and get a massage — you’ll need it after all the packing and moving!
With all the crazy of getting ready to move, I want to share a fabulous book I recently read: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
I don’t give out a lot of 5 stars. THIS. Is worth it. In fact, parts were painful to read since it felt like Moriarty was describing my life — and I didn’t like what I saw.
I’m 39, I have 3 kids, and my husband is in the middle of the crazy part of his career and travels a ton. I can’t seem to say no to anything — volunteering at school, church, scouts you name it. And lately I’m going slightly insane with it all.
Yeah… all points are the same for Alice.
Unlike Alice, I didn’t hit my head and forget the last ten years of my life — and so far I’m keeping my marriage together – but it sure makes ya think twice. What Alice Forgot makes me want to remember to become a better person by the time I’m 49.
Read my whole review on Goodreads.
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