You’re moving AGAIN?
Yep, folks. It’s that time again. This time though, I can say it’s for the long term. The little one is nearing Kindergarten age, and we knew there would come a time to sink the roots permanently. In my tiny little time frame of existence on Earth, I have moved countless times, earning residency in eight different states along the way from coast to coast, sea to shining sea. I’ve caught snowflakes on my tongue in Michigan, dug my toes into the sands of Florida beaches, swatted mosquitoes (and sailors, wink) in South Carolina, endured blazing hot summers and Haboobs [insert schoolgirl giggle] in Arizona, discovered Nor’easters and grinders in Connecticut, walked between the raindrops in Seattle, Washington, and paid too many-a-taxes in California.
Why, that’s only seven states, you say? Well, how novel of you to notice. Nothing gets past you, smarty pants. That’s because this move is special and is deserving of its own special credit. It’s the first time I am returning to a state I’ve lived in previously. Jaws dropping everywhere. Okay, except that one time I moved back home for a winter to work at a ski resort and spend time with my Dad in between moves. But really….we’ve come full circle from the place where all the magic started. The place where I met my sweetheart, before he would become the father of our child. Good ‘ole Salem, Oregon. Or as it is affectionately known by many of our friends who are lifers: “SoLame”, Oregon.
I like to affectionately call this leg of my journey “the West Coast tour”.
So, you’d think by now I have become the panel expert on packing and moving, numbed to its misery, and performing the act with grace, each detail executed with precision, down to an exact science. However, I am yet a mere mortal, just like you, but with a perpetual tendency to procrastinate and maintain a blissful state of ignorance, believing that my superhuman packing powers will kick in when the time comes. What can I say? I like challenges.
Strangely enough though, I’m actually a super-freak, ahem…control freak…. who thrives on to-do lists and organization. So, I’ve decided to seek out some online resources to help anyone out there in my position who could use a little moving organization and motivation. A best of the best, if you will, of moving checklists, how-to, advice, resources, and deals.
Here’s a few reviews of sites that I came up with from an initial Google search:
A straight-forward checklist encompassing pre-move preparation, packing and moving, and settling in to your new home. Additional resources include links to money saving coupons (cha-ching!), storage options, voter registration in your new state, and practical moving how-to videos and tutorials. Want to learn how to safely pack and move that enormous and precious diamond-studded flat screen (that really exists by the way), there’s a video tutorial for that. How about getting your car ready for an interstate move or the proper way to lift heavy furniture to avoid injury? They’ve got you covered.
What I like about this checklist is that it gives you a timeline, counting down weekly from 8 weeks out. To me, this make a pre-move checklist far more manageable. I also have experience using this company for long distance moves, and felt that the door-to-door pod container moving service was an exquisite experience. They have great customer service and also offered the best container moving prices in my past experience also. Trust me, I comparison shop like no one you’ve ever known. I am a Google Ninja!! It is also worth mentioning that they offered to drop an extra container at no extra, up front cost in my driveway, in case I needed it. If I decided to use it, the add-on cost for a second pod was a mere $50!! If I decided I didn’t need it, there would have been no charge. Boy was I glad I took them up on that offer. If I hadn’t, the first pod would have been packed tighter than a can of sardines. Reminds me of this pickle jar puzzle we got as kids for Christmas one year. You had to fit all the odd-shaped, plastic pickles back in the jar in just such a way in order to make them all fit. Hours of entertainment, I tell you. Can you imagine giving your kids a gift like that nowadays? It would be laughable, for sure. Things sure have changed. Sigh……
The mother lode of checklists! This is a site dedicated to checklists for seemingly every occasion and purpose known to man. It’s like a shrine to the organization Gods! It is oh-so-sexy to the likes of people like myself, an uber-Type-A geek who lusts over a highly functional, hyper-organized, there’s-a-place-for-that dream space.
I hope this list, though not exhaustive, gives you a great head start to your most organized and painless move ever!