A Moving Must Have: First Night Box

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So we have been in this house a little over three months and this post is LONG overdue. Honestly, I thought I had already published it but as I looked through my drafts list I found it, almost complete, and decided it was better late then never!

In the last seven years I have moved seven times, six with Rob, and four with kids in tow. These moves included on campus housing –> townhouse –> single family home –> apartment –> hotel –> and now a rental. I have learned a lot about the dos and don’ts along the way that could make or break a move.

Even if you carefully mark your boxes it can be a little overwhelming once the movers have left and you find yourself boxed in. Two or three houses ago moving didn’t go according to plan and we were bringing in the last of the boxes close to midnight. As if moving all day wasn’t exhausting enough we had to spend the next two hours searching for towels, the remote for the bed, and toilet paper. From then on I always packed a first night box filled with items we might need before we are able to get any boxes unpacked.

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Make sure your first night box is sturdy and stands out from the rest. A clear plastic bin is a great option that can be used again and again. Your box may vary based on the time of year and size of family. If we are staying in the new place before the movers are scheduled to arrive we take it with us or use the above as a shopping list once we have arrived.  You can go one step further and secure a clear sheet protector on the inside of the box and make a list of its contents. It’s a nice visual place to check off items as you pack helping to make sure nothing is forgotten.

In our most recent move to Canada it was great after a long trip to open this beauty up, grab what we needed to settle in, and get a good nights sleep in our new home.

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Something else that has been really helpful the last few moves was a large Post-It outside each room. Each room had a letter so when someone came in with a box or furniture I could say room C instead of 2nd room on the left. I also listed the large pieces of furniture that would stand out from the rest so they knew where it went if I was temporarily distracted.

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It’s getting real!!!

I didn’t want to say anything until it was official but…. looks like this family of 3 is moving to a bigger playground!

A few weeks ago we found this amazing home that has everything we are looking for. Some of my favorites are a wall big enough in the entry way for a coat closet just like this, separate laundry room, garage, 4 bedrooms (so one of them will be my art room), a large master bedroom with soaking tub and backyard for P to play in! Here are a few pictures. Since a family is still living there, I didn’t want to post pictures of their personal belongings. It is kind of like a split level so there are four floors (the forth being a one room loft), laundry room, coat closet, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, living room, four bedrooms, two full and one half bath, garage and a crawl space.

I am so excited to be able to document this whole process and share all of the ideas I have for the new house! I have already created in inspirational board (to come in a little bit). Just keep your fingers crossed because this was a short sale and so it isn’t really “ours” yet. We are waiting to hear back from the bank but are optimistic they will be satisfied with our offer.

In the meantime, we have begun the process of selling our home since we have to close on our current house before we can close on a new one. We love our Realtor and the company we are working with. A moving company they work with came out to give us a quote on packing our house and moving it. Not sure if I will need help packing but we wanted to get a quote just in case. They came and put up the sign today and listed in online. Rob and I spent yesterday evening making sure the house was all tidy and clean. It wasn’t too much of a project due to my awesome cleaning schedule and always having the house pretty put together.

I also made a few notes for those coming to look at the house. It included info on Flip Flop & Alice (with pictures) and a note about some of the bigger items in the house included and not included.

I can’t wait to share all the excitement to come with you all!!!