Yes, you read that right. If you’ve been following the blog, you know we put our house on the market in mid-June and received an offer at the beginning of August with a close date of August 28th. Unfortunately, we could’t find a new house so we’re temporarily moving in with the kids.
The “kids” are our son, Danny, his wife, Ashley, and their two kids, Ivy (soon to be 4) and Calvin (2-1/2). It’s a four bedroom ONE bath house. Fortunately we’ve all lived together before so we know what to expect.
But this is the first time in our 32-year marriage that we’ve lived with someone else in their home. The hardest part at this point is knowing what to take with us and what to put in storage, especially since we have no idea how long we’ll be there.
We started packing on Saturday when we received final word that the sale was progressing according to schedule. We keep a pretty lean inventory of personal possessions but we still have more than we realized. The boxes are filling up FAST!!! And time is running out. But I’m confident we’ll be ready. We sign papers today, move on Thursday and clean on Friday (probably – we might clean on Thursday if things go really well).
And then the adventure begins – living with our kids out of one room. I’ll keep you posted on how things go. I’m sure I’ll be learning all kinds of new things to share with you on the blog.
So in the meantime, here are a few things I’m re-learning about packing (it’s been a while!):
1. Have plenty of boxes.
2. Label, label, label. You can’t be too thorough.
3. If your stuff is going two places, be very clear about which place each box is going to.
4. Group boxes according to their destination. All the boxes going to Danny and Ashley’s go in one room and all the other boxes in other rooms of the house go to storage.
5. Don’t pack junk! If it’s junk or you know you’re not going to use it in your new place, toss it or give it away. But don’t move it!!!
6. Pack everything you possibly can to make it easier on the movers.
7. Buy of those tape dispensers and have plenty of tape. The tape dispenser has been worth every penny!
8. Get the fattest black marker you can find for really bold labels.
9. Don’t over think your packing. Just get ‘er done.
10. Pack your way. Some people do one room at a time. Some people do a little in one room and move to another. Some people do the hard stuff first and some do the easy stuff first. There’s no right or wrong way to do it so pack the way you want to.
Have you ever had to temporarily live with someone else? How did it go?