By Beth Peralta
The packing has officially started, and no matter how many boxes we bring home, we always need more! Closing date on our current home is rapidly arriving, and I’m reminded that this is why no one likes to move. NO ONE.
At first, packing everything up made me nervous – while we had two closing dates set, we had nowhere to live for 4 weeks between them. We attempted to find a place to live for just us – two adults, one young toddler, and two adult cats – but it was slim picking, and none of our leads ended up working out.
As a result, we are very lucky and grateful to many family and friends that are opening up their hearts and homes to our family. Our cats are going to stay with my family in the northern suburbs of Chicago as a temporary home. As for the three of us? We are staying with wonderful local family and friends – about a week with each. All of our possessions – minus what is absolutely needed for living, working, and playing for three-four weeks – are going into storage for the time being.
I’ve found various helpful tips and tricks for moving smoothly from the web and friends that have recently moved. One of my favorites is creating an “open this first” box . This is the box that contains all the must-have items for moving into your new home that you are going to need ASAP. The goal is to limit the number of boxes you open up with frustration in trying to find all of the things individually.
For our “in-between time”, each of us has a blue storage tub to keep our clothes, toiletries, and (in the case of our toddler) toys to transport between houses. I’m currently working on streamlining my work and casual summer wardrobe into this box, along with workout clothes, toiletries, makeup, and other items as I’m thinking through possible needs for the next month. This is not an easy task, because I tend to be an over-packer for simple weekend trips. Packing for an entire month is a new challenge!
Have you moved recently? What tips would you share with us?
Beth Peralta has lived in Champaign-Urbana since 1998, minus a few summers and nine months in grad school. She is a mother to Natalie, wife to Andrew, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and an active community volunteer with the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana. Free time is spent getting back into running after baby, trying new recipes, and checking out things to do in CU with her family.