We’re currently preparing our house for sale… the packing is tedious & horrendous! There is nothing I dislike more than having to pack and move – especially with a young family in the mix. We’re taking the step by step approach and tackling a room each night. Once the night time routine of bath, dinner, story time, bed… getting up to get a drink… (you know how it goes) has been completed. Once the chaos of the day is over, we get busy! (And not the fun kind of busy). The entrance way to our home is cluttered with boxes and things are in general disarray. But these are the things that must be done, when you need to sell up & move on. We’ve finally outgrown our humble abode and it’s time for bigger & better things.
To keep motivated and to keep momentum going we’re clearing out certain areas of our house, one at a time. Carefully labeling each box, selling and donating what we no longer require and then clearing any rubbish. It’s amazing the amount of “stuff” you accumulate on a daily basis! Sounds easy and systematic, however it’s proving to be not so simple. Maybe it’s just me putting my procrastinating skills to the test, or maybe it’s just a bit hard to let go. Our daughter was 2 when we purchased our home as a young family and there are so many memories…some literally written on the wall. Like when she decided to decorate her room for Halloween and drew a line of pumpkins with ball point pen on her wall proclaiming that she wanted to make her room “pweety”. When she learnt how to write 1 & 2 she showed everyone by writing in permanent marker, right by our kitchen door. It’s hard to be ruthless with the culling of all the clutter, cleaning and emptying the house when these precious artifacts remind us of all the good times and milestones we’ve shared as a family.
We’ll try to maintain a sense of normalcy and stability for the children during this time as best we can. One way we’re hoping to achieve this is by having a “base-camp” set up at Grandma & Grandpa’s with their familiar things. On the days we need to really get stuck in like when we re-paint the interior and touch up the kitchen & bathroom (by the way, did I mention it has great views and beautiful hardwood floors? hint, hint) they will have somewhere to go that is comfortable and settling. We have a spare clip-on metoo high chair for meal times and the traveller portable crib (which don’t take up any room and therefore don’t make ma & pa feel like we’re invading space!). Plus a few favourite toys, books and blankets we know the kids will be sweet while we complete the hard yards. We will adapt&survive this transition by staying positive and looking ahead (as well as enlisting the help of family & friends – “if you have a truck to help move stuff call me!!”). If we envision all the new memories we’ll make in our new home on our next adventure…then maybe it wont be so hard to let go after all.
Have you had to move house with little ones in tow? How did you survive the transition? Share your tips with us, and help your fellow parent!