Things We Did Right Before and During Our Move

These past 2 weeks since moving have been so crazy and hectic! I felt like I’d been preparing for our move before we even put an offer down on the house, and we still weren’t completely ready when the time actually came. Here are a few things we did right in preparation for our big move:

Preparing food…Although I ended up throwing away a few muffins that were getting funky, having the food ready ahead of time was a huge help. A few days before our move I was a baking fiend, I made and froze:

  • Lasagna
  • Enchiladas
  • Baked oatmeal (one blueberry, one strawberry)
  • Pumpkin bread, muffins, and donuts
  • Zucchini-carrot muffins
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate chip plantain cookies
  • Earl grey tea muffins with lemon glaze
  • Pumpkin spice mini cheese cakes

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Baked oatmeal for breakfasts

Renting the largest U-Haul truck we could get. Last time I moved, we borrowed a trailer from family and made a few trips, this year we weren’t messing around and rented a 26 foot U-Haul truck. We filled it, and made a few more trips with the cars, but for the most part it was done for $103 total.

Having family help us move. I’m so grateful to all the people that helped us (we had 7 people here on the day of). I usually like to do things myself, especially when it comes to putting things where they belong, that way I know where they are, but it would’ve taken us days if we had done it ourselves. I wish we had been a little more prepared with EVERYTHING in boxes, that way all we had to do was move it to/from the truck, but it was great having all the extra help.

Hiring an exterminator. I’m the biggest pacifist there is, especially when it comes to bugs. I put them outside, and make everyone else in the house put them outside too (when I’m around). I wasn’t so much worried about killing bugs here, rather than spraying something to deter them from coming back. I also don’t like using harsh chemicals since we have animals and small children, but we were assured it would be safe (as long as the kids/cat weren’t licking the perimeter of the house as he was spraying). I considered buying a few $10 sprayers from the Home Depot and doing it myself, but since the house had been vacant for so long and there are so many nooks and crannies, I ponied up for a professional. It was just under $200 for John from Pestex to come and do the inside and outside of the house and I must say I couldn’t have been happier. He was here for almost 2.5 hours, and even took a broom and knocked down some of the cob webs in the corners of the rooms for me. So far I haven’t seen a single spider, which is a huge difference from before we moved in. It was recommended to spray for spiders once a year, and I’d be happy to give Pestex more business after the awesome job they did for us.

Poor little guy

(Update: Dead spiders and centipedes have been popping up all over the place…I also kind of regret my decision since we found this little guy that didn’t make it.)

Scheduling our lease and mortgage to be continuous. We paid for our lease up through the end of August and closed on the house July 31st, which meant our first mortgage payment will be due Sept 1st (when our rent would’ve been due.) This worked out because we didn’t have any double payments (yuck), and we had a whole month to move out of our townhouse and make sure everything was clean.

Having a plan. We knew there were a lot of minor things that could be done as soon as we moved in, and since my parents were coming to stay for the week, they were a great help. Before we moved in, I made a list of things they could help with. My dad did a lot of yard work (he likes that sort of thing, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself), trimming hedges, and removing overgrown foliage, and my mom spent her days removing wallpaper.

Labeling boxes. At least the ones that we did actually label. It seems pretty obvious, but after a while all the boxes start to look the same, and labeling with the room name and contents made all the difference while unloading.

Hopefully this will be our last move for a long while, but do you have any tips or tricks to make moving go more smoothly?

Moving Weekend Meal Prep

We did a few things right and a few things wrong with our whole moving process and one thing I’m glad I did was prepping food in advance. On the actual moving day, we bought a few pizzas and subs, but for the rest of the week, and for quick foods, I baked and froze stuff. The only down side was not knowing how our oven cooks, and our semi thawed lasagna still wasn’t cooked after 2 hours.

Here is what I made in advance:

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  • EnchiladasDSC_1117crDSC_1118cr
  • Baked oatmeal (one blueberry, one strawberry)DSC_1015cr
  • Pumpkin bread, muffins, and donuts
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  • Brownies

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Moving Stress

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I apologize for my unscheduled 2 week hiatus. I never imagined moving into this house would be so much work. I mean, I guess I knew it would be a lot of work, but I thought I’d be able to handle it better.

Ever since I left for college, up until August of 2009, I moved every 4 months. Some were small moves like switching dorms, or coming home for the summer, some were much further away like moving to Europe for 4 months. In August of ’09 I finally settled down in my first apartment in Hershey, and stayed for 2 years. Then in Aug of ’11 I moved 20 minutes away to a townhouse in Linglestown and stayed for another 2 years. Now since we purchase a house in Middletown, hopefully we won’t have to move ever or at least not for a LONG time.

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First apartment

I’ve always liked moving because it was a fresh start. Even when I moved into my first apartment and acquired furniture, I didn’t mind the move because I had ample amounts of time to unpack, and organize. Even though I still had a lot of stuff in boxes that I never touched, stored in the attic, I felt like I was all settled in pretty quickly. I remember waking up with so much energy when I first moved. Every morning I couldn’t wait to get out of bed and do something exciting. I’m sure a large part of it was that I loved being on my own and living by myself.

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First apartment office

When we moved to the townhouse, I still woke up with that abundance of energy every day in the beginning. (My weekend routine was to get up at 6 before anyone else, run to Sheetz down the street for a coffee, and then read/coupon before anyone was up yet.)

Now that we’ve moved into this huge (to us) house, and actually have room to store all of our crap, I’m more stressed out because I haven’t had the free time to go through everything and put it in it’s place. I never realized how stressed out this would make me. My parents were here for the first week, and to my surprise, that was a lot more helpful than stressful. Usually when my parents visit, I’m grateful to see them, but we get on each others nerves, and I feel like I have to be the perfect host. This time, I still felt a little overwhelmed trying to be a good host, but since there was so much to do, we really weren’t on top of each other. My dad took care of a lot of the overgrown landscaping, and my mom was a boss and tore down 4 out of 8 rooms of wallpaper.

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These were way overgrown.

Another great thing is that there are children in the neighboring houses (8 directly around us, and another couple down a few houses), so our 6 year old can go outside and play, and for the most part I can try to get stuff done. School starts today (woo hoo), so I’m hoping that a getting into good schedule will help.

I’ve been trying to balance keeping up with my work (I work from home, but still have a lot of deadlines), priming/painting/making minor fixes, watching the mini humans, and doing all the household things (shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc). Oh and unpack…we’re still living out of boxes and not being able to find things is driving me nuts. I was doing great getting out of bed around 5 every morning before we moved, and now I’m struggling at 7 or 8, and I’m dragging all day long.

The sun room was probably my favorite perk of the house (the gazebo will be too, once we clean it out), and yesterday I realized I haven’t really spent any time in it, aside from trying to figure out what color to paint it, or how to get cushions for our wicker set. Yesterday I took a few minutes (while everyone else was napping), and read and drank some tea in the sun room, it was the first bit of relaxing I’ve been able to do for the last 2 weeks and it felt so good.

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Finally relaxing

So, this post isn’t really exciting, and I have a lot more interesting things to share about the house, but I wanted to write about how unexpected this whole moving process has been. Not that I haven’t been extremely happy, because I have, and I love everything.

And now, I’m off to give the bathroom a second coat of primer.