Saturday, July 4, 2009

Let the craziness begin...

The time has come for all of life to revolve around our upcoming move. For those of you who haven't heard, we are moving to Scotland this fall for PhD studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Our current lease is up at the end of the month. Everything we own is going into long-term storage. We are only moving what we can carry with us on the plane. This is the craziest move I have ever done.

Now, this is the sixth move we have undertaken since we were married ten years ago. We know how to move. However, this is our first time trying to pack with two little kids running underfoot - a much slower process.

At the end of July, a moving truck (driven by my wonderful hubby and my brave dad) will carry all our stuff from the east coast to a storage unit in the Northwest - to have our stuff near family, and because we hope to eventually settle back in that area.

I will be avoiding all the last minute stuff - last minutes packing, cleaning the apartment, loading the truck, etc. - by boarding a plane headed to Seattle with the two kids in tow. This should be an exciting time for all of us. We will hang out with family in the northwest for about six weeks before heading out to Scotland.

In the midst of the packing, we have to decide what is financially worth storing, and what we will still want and need when we return (picture lots of kid's toys that our kids would have outgrown). And we have to reduce the amount of stuff so we can use a smaller storage unit (i.e. less money each month).

On July 25, we will have a huge yard sale to get rid of all the stuff we cleared out in the weeks prior. Come on out and get some great stuff at a price you just can't beat!

While all those details are happening, we also have to find, and line up, all our ducks for our new life in Scotland - Visa's, housing, foreign bank accounts, etc.

If you want to follow all the details of our crazy move, this will be the topic of my Blitz-It Friday's for the next few weeks.

I would love to hear from you. What have you done that made your move better? How have you made it easier on your little kids? Did you make any make any moving mistakes, things I should avoid? Thanks in advance for your advise.

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