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Ten on Tuesday: Movin' on up

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Tips for Moving

We moved a lot when I was a kid -- like, at least once a year, and sometimes three. I was too young to be involved in the packing, but I do remember moving... actually being in the car, mostly at night. I loved to scan the landscape for airport beacons, watching them go around -- bright, dim, bright, dim, bright, dim -- sometimes we'd get close to the airports and sometimes we'd just skirt on by. I still get a special feeling when I see those beacons. Listening to the radio -- AM radio -- the stations fading out and twirling the knob in search of a new, clear signal. In my memory, moving time was pretty much the only time we'd eat out at a restaurant or cafe; my favorite thing was a grilled cheese sandwich and I loved ordering milk at a restaurant -- it was always Whole Milk, which we never had at home!

I'm sure that those frequent moves during my childhood is the biggest reason that Katie's lived in only three houses in almost 27 years (and, during her first week of life, one motel); Ali in two houses in almost 25; and Maddy, 21 next month, has always lived in the house we live in.

I have now lived almost half of my years in the house where we currently live.

It's not that I wouldn't move... I'm always looking at what's for sale in the area... I just haven't found anything that I like better. There are a million houses I love, but it's all about location. It really is: location, location, location!

Anyway, it's been a while since I've moved, though I've helped the girls in and out of college -- that's as close as it gets.

1. Pack books in paper grocery bags. They're a good size for carrying, and almost impossible to overload.

2. Clean out and sort while packing -- stuff to toss, stuff to donate.

3. Keep like things together -- don't mix kitchen stuff with living room stuff.

4. Start early, if you can. Pack seldom used and out-of-season items first.

5. Nest. Pack things inside of other things whenever possible.

6. Label, label, label.

7. It's especially important to identify and label the boxes that contain the last items packed, so they can be quickly located, as they're likely to be the items needed first. Personal toiletries and care items; basic cooking staples, tools, dishes, and utensils; seasonal clothes and footwear; seasonal linens and bedding.

8. Use things like kitchen towels to wrap and cushion fragile kitchen items, etc.

9. Keep tools handy -- hammer, screwdriver, wrenches, baggies or containers for parts (screws and whatnot) (don't forget to mark what they're for), markers, scissors, tape and string or twine.

10. Stay on task, but take frequent breaks -- especially if feeling overwhelmed or easily distracted. Set the timer -- 25 minutes to get in there and work, work, work; then take a 5-minute break.

Good luck!!

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Ding-Ding-Ding! We have winners!!

As determined by, Carol, delurking from Kentucky, is the winner in the Eight! It's cause for celebration! drawing.

The 19,000th comment was left on that post by Julia in Ontario -- with whom I've corresponded via comments before!

Congratulations! Prize packages will be shipped out tomorrow.

Thank you all so much for celebrating with me!

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I stopped at the library on my way home last night to pick up a book they were holding, and thought it was funny that I'd notice this book on the new releases shelf at the very moment that Maddy was actually having somewhat literary tattoo made. And a turtle.

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Finally, I drove up to Door County over the weekend with Katie, Mom, and my sister Ann. Annie had a job interview there... and the rest of us are always up for a trip to the Door. It's still pretty early in the season, so many of our favorite places were still closed. That's not always a bad thing, you know? We were forced to find a different place to eat and, boy, was it ever great!

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I loved the artwork, too. These were printed on canvas of various size. We had a delicious salad that had goat cheese, walnuts and, of course, dried cherries, followed by a "Fun Guy" pizza -- five different mushrooms plus cheese, including cream cheese -- so delicious! Also dessert. We highly recommend Wild Tomato, if you're ever in the area.

Red Sock Yarns is just up the road and... Why, YES!! I was thrilled to find a ball of Hundertwasser, though I don't recall the colorway just now, and another ball of possibly coordinating yarn. It's the little things... and it was a very fun day!




Once again you've packed a ton of fun into one post. Rather than move I might be tempted to burn my house down.
I also need to announce the winners of prizes on my own blog.
Your weekend sounds deliciously fun.


Good list and similar to me. I hate even thinking about moving! I put that book on hold yesterday, maybe it will inspire me to get another tattoo!


Your list is very wise.
Your winners are lucky!
Your weekend sounds fabulous.
I am waiting to see what will you do next with Hundertwasser :)


My memories of traveling about in the backseat of the car (long trips or long moves) are much the same as yours! Such a fun little trip down memory lane.

Great list. Great memories. Great weekend. Great book. Great yarn. It all just makes me smile!

Robin F.

OK you're hired. I need to pack up my house so I can sell it now! The only thing holding me pack is all the stuff blocking the rooms.No one will be able to see the lovely walls-


Great list. I am learning so much this week that will help with our move in the next year.


That's a great list. I swore I would never move again when I moved into this house 14 years ago, but I'm getting itchy to go somewhere else. The housing market will keep me here, but if I can channel that moving/packing energy into decluttering and spring cleaning, then it's all for good.

kelli ann

We moved quite a lot, too; I always loved the extra big sheets of brown packing paper (for drawing on) and our moving-in meal was always KFC. Which, of course, I loved at the time-- but that was always just associated with moving. My own kids have *never* eaten KFC -- which sounds so hoity-toity but there you go-- Southern-fried chicken, absolutely, why not, just can't stand the smell of the greasy back door of the local KFC. Strange, huh?


Our PVR tv box malfunctioned this week and we had TO WAIT to be sent another. Had to watch tv the old way - with commercials, one thing at a time, no pausing, no recording. It was horrible! :)

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