I’d be lying if I said that our upcoming move (aaaargh 6 weeks!) didn’t have me feeling just a little bit on the stressed side. I think I’m doing an ok job at keeping a handle on it, and Mr C is doing his part in reminding me to chill out a bit!
The truth is, it just feels like there’s so much to get organised. So I’ve come up with a bit of a plan, a list of things that I know definitely need to get done and/or organised in the next 6 weeks
Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box
Ok. There’s actually only big fish to contend with, because we killed little fish 🙁 That’s another (devastating) story that I’ll get around to telling you about in the next few days. Cardboard boxes, on the other hand… Currently we have a grand total of 0 boxes, and that is definitely something I need to get organised. With so many of the other usual moving expenses, I’d quite like to avoid having to actually buy too many boxes, so I’ll be badgering work for any delivery boxes. As well as that, it’s always worth asking local supermarkets and any other local businesses.
Well, actually we’re not. In either sense of the phrase! And even though we’ve still got 6 weeks, the last thing I want to do is leave it all and then have a mad dash trying to pack with 2 kids in the house and a fiancé with zero packing skills! S o my plan is to get hold of some of those boxes I talked about and start getting the non-essentials safely packed away. I’m talking the excess kitchen and baking equipment that isn’t needed for everyday use. The stacks of keepsakes under the bed, the Christmas decorations, my beloved books, and even some ornaments and knick knacks.
I’m hyper-aware that I don’t want the kids to feel like we’re living in a shell of a home for the next 6 weeks, but I also know that as long as they have the things that they really need, they will be fine. It’s not forever, and it’s for the greater good.
On The Road
Think less Jack Kerouac, more Removals-R-Us! This is a difficult one, because although we know that we are moving in the last week of July, we don’t actually know exactly which day! This means that I can’t actually book a removals van until we know the exact date, which is probably stressing me out the most. BUT even though we can’t book anything, I can start getting quotes and checking around for the best deal. So this is on my to-do list for this week, and hopefully will ease the stress a little bit because I’ll feel like I’m actually doing something productive!
Cooking Up A Storm
Ideally just not a stress storm haha! No, what I actually mean is in the kitchen. You might think I’m bonkers for being worried about getting myself in the kitchen, but batch cooking for the move is pretty high up on my list. Moving can be expensive, so I don’t want to be relying on takeaways for the first week, aside from the fact that the kids aren’t great lovers of any of the usual choices (apart from maybe fish & chips!) Even bigger than that is the fact that I don’t want to have to be stressing out about finding pots and pans, or worse yet – ending up hungry and irritable because we haven’t been able to eat properly. In general, we are not a nice family when our food is taken away! So for the next few weeks I’ll be stockpiling our freezer with batch cooked meals that we can take with us, which will hopefully help to remove any potential hangry stress!
I Need You!
This is where you guys come in! Obviously, I have moved house before. Lots of times, actually! But I have never ever had to contend with moving with 2 kids and that move being 100 miles away! So please please feel free to fill my comments box up with tips, tricks, and anything you think I’ve missed! I promise you it’ll be gratefully received!