We moved a week ago Friday to a quaint little town in Northeast Georgia about 15 minutes from the University of Georgia, home of the Bulldogs. For whatever reason, this particular move was a long, hard one.
After getting our moving truck to the old house around ten o’clock Friday morning, we immediately began loading it. Hours later it was full, but the house wasn’t empty so Mark and Nicholas made their first run to our new home about an hour and a half away from the old to drop off items. Alex and I stayed behind at the old house cleaning and moving everything to one room (except the remaining furniture) to make it a little easier for the second truck load.
Hours passed before Mark and Nick returned and the second loading of the truck began. It was well into early Saturday morning before we finished and all headed to the new house, finally arriving around 5:30 a.m. Though exhausted, there was no rest for the weary and the fun continued non-stop all weekend with the unloading of our furniture and belongings.
Below are a few things I learned on this move that I thought were worth sharing:
- Boxes stored in the attic need to be clearly marked as to the contents inside. If they are not, you will spend an extreme amount of time ripping off old packing tape and sifting through the contents.
- When sifting through the contents of your poorly marked boxes you will undoubtedly come across mementos from your and/or your children’s past that will stop you in your tracks, make you ooh and aah and might even bring a tear to your eye. This slows the process down considerably.
- Having friends help you sort through these mementos is helpful because while they will ooh and aah with you, they will literally grab the items away from you and pack them to keep your distraction level at a minimum and the process moving along.
- Having friends help you pack is also helpful when deciding how much bathroom tissue to leave out for use on the last night. It doesn’t matter how much you think you need, your friend will ration the amount she feels you will need and the rest she will pack away in a box whose label does not mention a thing about bathroom tissue.
- By the time you arrive at your destination and finally have a second to sit down, you will discover bruises, cuts, possible broken bones, aches and pains like you never thought possible.
I could add so much more to this list, but I will end it here and say that the past week was exhausting thanks to my self-diagnosed OCD self not being able to live with the chaos. Everything is unpacked, items are organized and put away, the furniture is in place and the house is fully decorated. We are truly grateful from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who helped make this move possible.
Best of all, our new home is perfect and we all just love it here. It’s a new beginning and if it’s true that home is where the heart is, we are truly home.
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