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Moving – Things I Learned Part Three

We’re down to our last few days before the final move . . . 5 more nights in this house.

Things I’ve learned:

  1. There is no reason to get rid of “stuff” just so you have less “stuff.” We’re moving to a bigger house with more space. After the fires, lots of people (me included!) came to the conclusion that we have too much stuff. A major purging effort took place for lots of folks (me included!). Then I realized, if we already have the stuff, there’s no need to get rid of it (unless it’s broken or doesn’t fit). The goal should be to not accumulate MORE stuff that you don’t need.
  2. Four people use a lot of stuff in 2 weeks. While we keep wanting to pack and move more things, we actually need to use these things until we can totally move.
  3. Disassembling and moving a trampoline is more of a PITA than assembling one. I moved the fire pit bricks and decided to just go ahead and move the trampoline. It was nice out, so why not? OMG what a friggin’ PITA! Getting springs off of a 15 year old trampoline is no easy task. But it’s disassembled and sitting in the shed at the new house, just waiting to be reassembled. This time I know how to do it!
  4. No matter how ready you think you are to move out of the house you’ve lived in for 10 1/2 years (since Dude’s 3rd birthday and Princess was only 8 months old!), when you actually have a date to move, you will spontaneously burst into tears while walking through King Soopers, buying the last groceries you’ll ever take to that house (or apparently when you’re typing about said impending move – sheesh!).
  5. Just like when you moved in and everything was a first, you will mention the “last” of everything you do at the house before you move . . . last movie we watched her (moved the DVD player), last video game played here (moved the XBox and Wii), last time friends have come over to hang out (Thank you for coming over, Eskews!), last time you had pizza delivered (new house does NOT have pizza delivery – ack!), and so on.
  6. Baseball practice and swim team practice don’t care that you are moving. You still “get” to transport your kiddos to these events 4 and 3 times a week respectively the week you are trying to actually move.
  7. Friends are awesome and willing to help with anything you need . . . I already knew this, but I really appreciate it :-)

We’re coming into the home stretch and can’t wait!

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  1. Shirley says:

    It truly is sad when you move out of a house that holds lots of memories. The day that we moved out of the house in upper North Mankato after the last load was taken out of the house I told everyone else to go ahead and leave and I sat on the front step by myself and cried. I think I really needed that alone cry time before I could really move on and I suspect you might also. However, the advantage you have is knowing you still own that house so you will no doubt have an opportunity to see the inside again sometime. Sounds like you are making great progress with the move. Love…Mom

  2. Sue Boedigheimer says:

    I also sat on the stoop and cried when we moved from Camden after ten years. It was home, but Hubby said, “go find a house that faces South, has a bigger kitchen (yes, actually our kitchen was smaller on Camden, a two stall garage and we are moving”.

    Remember the story of your Hubby going back alone and I didn’t know until much later when the older woman, who purchased our home and took bridge lessons from me, told me that he knocked on the door and asked if he could see his room. She asked if he wanted to look at anything else and he said no.

    My Hubby is very impressed with how wonderful and beautiful your home is and it is hard to impress him. He loves it! He was telling me all about it last night.

    Love you and I am so happy for you,

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