Oh, moving. It’s exciting and frustrating. Even when it goes semi-smoothly, it still kinda sucks. It’s like child birth. You forget about the bad parts, and think, oh I can do this one more time. And then your big moving truck comes with all the stuff you forgot you packed. I didn’t follow my own best moving tip.
Yeah, I cried when I saw how much stuff was in there. 53 feet!! When the movers were unloading, I seriously did not even recognize half the stuff that came out of that truck. Probably because I never looked at it since the last move. It just gets schlepped from house to house.
Remember that time I interviewed Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot of HGTV’s Love It or List It, Too? It was glorious, and I should have listened to Jillian’s sage advice. When I asked for good home-selling tips, she suggested purging as much as possible and having a freshly painted, clean, bright home. Not only is that good advice for selling your home, but also when moving to your new home.
So my best moving tip?
Get rid of as much as you can. Just get rid of it. Donate it, sell it, trash it, do what you have to do, but it is not good feelings when you’re moving into your new home, and you give your husband the side-eye for all that baby stuff rolling into the house when your youngest child is 4 years old. No, sorry, man. Our family is complete.
In the last 4 years, I have moved 3 times. Every space has been different, every house has been different. Furniture that looked good in one house may not work for the next.
Don’t be Lisa Simpson. Don’t do it. You don’t need to save the teeth or all the things.
If you need me, I’ll be unpacking the millions of boxes in my home and painting. Because fresh paint makes it all better.