Happy Friday everyone! What are your plans for the weekend? I have a few more boxes to unpack but otherwise, this weekend involves family. My eldest is has her first ballet recital this Saturday and then of course, Sunday is Father's Day. Since I can't be with my Dad this weekend (he lives too far away), I have sent my mom home with a batch of cookies (she stayed with me this past week as my husband was away and we're on full baby alert now). We didn't plan much for my husband as my pregnancy track record says that I'll have the baby 5 days early. I'm hoping the baby will wait it out until at least Monday! It's wishful thinking, I know! Labour and delivery is truly one of the few things that we have absolutely no control over (nonetheless, I have avoided spicy food, pineapple and all the other things that are suppose to bring on labour). Anyway, we're hoping for a slow Sunday so we can all celebrate this special day together.
Now, for the Friday Top 5. Moving is stressful! It certainly helps to be prepared. I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life so that I have more time to do the things that I love. After several moves with children, I have finally come up with some tips for making the daunting task of moving go more smoothly. These tips also help with the after, the unpacking which, for some people can take up to a year! If you have moved several times and not opened a box, then it is time to say goodbye to it (I found this happened with some of my old school and work boxes).
1. Collect boxes in advance
If you order anything online or have friends that have recently moved, reuse the boxes. You will always need more than you think.
2. Start packing items that you can live without about a month in advance
If you’re moving in the spring, start packing up your woollens, winter boots and clothing. Similarly, if you're moving in a colder month, ensure all of your summer items are packed and labelled.
Make a conscious effort to reduce the number of items that you have. This will make moving less arduous but also make unpacking go more smoothly. To get you started, watch Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things or read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as soon as possible. Ask yourself of the that book that you bought 10 years ago and have never read, does it spark joy? If not, donate it.
4. Arrange for help
Book your movers or enlist your friends and family to help you move. If you have children, arrange for someone to care for them.
5. Move breakable items yourself
Make the effort to move something yourself if it is breakable and you love it. Houseplants don’t tend to fair well in the back of a moving truck. Your wine collection or grandmother’s China may also need the same love. Move them in your car (or friend's car) and then you won’t have to worry about them.
Anything that I’m missing? What are your moving tips? Comments always appreciated!