5 Tips To Help With Your Move

In the twenty-six years since we married, Audley and I have moved fifteen times. Job transfers, outgrowing arrangements, local and far away; we done it all. Most recently we moved last summer, during the height of the pandemic, 90 miles across the city as long hours plus the ridiculous drive was wearing Audley out.

I would like to think we’ll never move again, but with the industry Audley works in as well as our kiddos scattered in other states, it is very likely we’ll move again sometime in the future.

If you’ve ever moved you know exactly how stressful and exhausting the entire process is. We’ve made each move a little differently, but one thing for sure is I’m getting pretty good at making sure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.

Moving is intimidating, but there are ways to minimize the stress with these few tips that have worked well for us over the years.

1. Organize. Get a 5×7 notebook with divider tabs and pockets; make it your guide for your move. In this notebook you want to have your first page saved for your dates of new job starting, when you need to list your house, and when you need to move, along with any other date that is involved with this move. Make notes regarding home tours, deposits, school info, phone numbers of realtors, disconnecting utilities, transferring cable and internet. Write down a plan for packing and mark off each task once completed. In the folder keep a copy of your kids transcripts for transferring schools. Make sure you have copies of their immunization records, and sports physicals if needed. If you are leaving the state this will make it easier for the doctor’s office to transfer to whatever form the new state requires. There is nothing worse than misplacing those items while moving. Having a set location in a book you should have at your fingertips at all times, works great!

2. Clear the clutter. DO NOT, and I emphasize again, DO NOT take clutter and chaos with you. As you walk your house and look at what needs to be packed, start a list of what needs to go. This is the perfect time to clean out closets, toyboxes, desks, filing cabinet, and the garage. If your hanging on to jeans hoping they’ll fit again, but you haven’t even started eating healthy or exercising, let the jeans go. If you’ve not worn a shirt or dress in over a year, let it go. If you have collected free shirts from every race, gym, or school event, weed them out and let some go. If you’re hanging onto warranty papers for products you don’t even own anymore or tax records from 2005 … let them go.

When we moved from South Carolina back to Georgia four years ago I found boxes that had not been unpacked the entire six years we were in Carolina. I opened them, surveyed the contents and most all of the boxes were things that could be donated or even trashed. I know we treasure our kids artwork, school papers and the like, but guess what? When they are adults they don’t want it. In fact they don’t care. How many times do you look at that first story that was written in 1st grade or that Christmas picture from 3rd grade? I’m as sentimental as you get, but there is a time that you’ve got to decide whether sentiment is worth the space, mess or boxes.

3. Purchase your boxes and packing supplies. I know it’s an unwanted expense, but with the way grocery stores open and break down boxes, getting quality ones is actually quite difficult. When you purchase your boxes you can find them in uniform sizes made specific for what you are packing; ie. book boxes, dish kits, hanging clothes, etc.. Bubble wrap and dish protectors are absolutely worth investing in. No one wants to open up the glasses that were wrapped in newspaper to find half of them are broken. Also, no one want to carry a box you’ve packed with 150 pounds of books.

4. Have a method for packing. Knock out the less used, decorative items and non-essential items first. This includes books, picture frames, ginger jars, toys, extra bedding and holiday dishes. Make sure other holiday decorations are well packed for traveling. How disappointing would it be to get out you decor and discover your blown glass ornaments are shattered. As you get closer to moving day, go ahead and empty the closets of shoes and clothes that you really do not need. You do not want to still be packing when a moving van arrives. The family can live minimally for a few weeks. This is also the time to not buy groceries and a great time to cook creatively using ingredients from the freezer and pantry that you’ve accumulated.

Label every box. Write what is in the box and what room it belongs in. This makes the unloading and sorting process so much easier.

Have a method for unpacking as well. Go backwards and unpack the necessities first and end with the decorative and fun stuff that helps make a house a home. If you open a box … empty and put away the entire box. You do not want half-emptied boxes all through your house.

Pro Tip: if you can budget it, hire packers. Many moving companies have this service and honestly I have never had a single regret when we’ve used packers. They are fast, efficient and professional. There is no running to the store for extra tape, boxes or materials. They are prepared and ready to work.

5. Hire a reputable moving company to do the heavy stuff. Let’s face it, moving is exhausting, and more so now than our first move back when we first married. I stay sore a whole lot longer. Moving is hard. Moving furniture is hard. Choose your hard. Me? I’ll let some young, strapping guys load and unload the heavy stuff any day of the week.

Moving Solutions, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee is great option when you are planning your next big move. They offer a variety of services to help you including relocating long distance in the Nashville and surrounding area, and offer both commercial along with local moving.

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and tips are my own based on all the crazy experiences we have had over the years.

Real Estate Love: Palm Beach, Florida

I am so behind.
Everyone is sharing their lovely autumn posts and I am trying to finish up my summer vacation series.
This is it.
I promise to move on to the beauty and excitement of autumn, but I just had to share a glimpse of some beautiful homes we saw while in Palm Beach.
Palm Beach is definitely the home of the rich, and I was obviously a tourist with a camera.
I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous place on 450-452 Brazilian Avenue. Unit 452 was for sale when we visited, and I had planned to share interior pictures of the property via Zillow Real Estate Blog, but it has been removed from market since our trip.
I do know this about the home …. it is a five bedroom, 5 1/2 bath, 5200+ square foot residence.  It is a full three-story home complete with an elevator, 2-car garage, and an in-ground pool.  It sold in 2007 to it’s current owners for just over 5 million dollars!
It is stunning for sure and I had Audley drive past this grand home at least four times while we were visiting.  I loved it that much!

 

I love the Pineapple at the entryway …. a traditional symbol of hospitality.
Most of the homes we saw right on the ocean had the flat roof style which I am sure is easier to maintain during the stormy season.

 

This South Ocean Blvd home while a bit older was right on the ocean.  I happen to like this modern style of architecture, although it doesn’t appeal to everyone.
Here is another house with the flat roof style. I loved the columns on either side of the front door, the bay windows, plantation “shutter” garage doors, and the simple landscaping.  Together it says so much and gives off an elegant vibe.
This one was also on South Ocean Blvd. We caught a glimpse of it while strolling along the beach and it was just stunning in the sunset.  It was actually under construction.  If it looks this lovely unfinished I am sure it will be just amazing when completed!
Mar-A-Lago gates closed for the season

 

And one last home that I couldn’t get enough of was this beauty, although it was closed up for the season. As I mentioned in my last post, Palm Beach is most popular in the fall and winter months.  I must have looked like such a stalker standing on the side of the road trying to shoot a couple of pictures of this beautiful place.
This beautiful 17-acre estate is Mar-A Lago (Spanish for sea to lake), built in the 1920’s by Marjorie Merriweather Post (think Post cereal) is just across form the ocean with Lake Worth behind it. Her husband at the time was Mr. E.F. Hutton. This magnificent estate boasts 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms and 3 bomb shelters (added I’m sure during the Cold War & Cuban Missile Crises).
A young Marjorie Merriweather Post …  via hillwoodmuseum.org

 

The Red Cross International Ball in Palm Beach was began by Marjorie Merriweather Post in the late 1950’s. After serving at American Red Cross stations during World War I and donating thousands of dollars over the course of several years, she established the first International Red Cross Ball in 1957. And for the last 50 years, the Ball accomplished its powerful goal of underscoring the American Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts.  Since her death the ball has continued to be held at Mar-A-Lago alternating with the Breakers just up the road.

 

When Ms. Post died in 1972 she left the estate to the US government to be used as a retreat for Presidents and visiting dignitaries, but instead it is now owned by Donald Trump (who purchased it in 1985) and referred to as the Mar-A-Lago Club.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980.

 

A view of the entire estate from the rear via homemaxinternational.com
Can you see the stunning chandelier in the front window?
Entryway to Mar-A-Lago via Wikipedia
I found these interior shots of Mar-A-Lago from Ms. Post’s time in residence.  It has always been a grand home.
Master Bedroom via OldLongIsland.com
Children’s Room via OldLongIsland.com
Master Bathroom via OldLongIsland.com
The Library via OldLongIslnd.com

 

The Living Room via OldLongIsland.com
For interior shots of the Mar-A-Lago now, you can check out this photo gallery on it’s website.  Most grand indeed.
 There is no way I could begin to describe and share all the stunning and unique properties in the area, but I hope you enjoyed this little bit of real estate in the Palm Beach area.

Real Estate Love: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s Franklin Estate

I am a huge country music fan and even more so of country sweethearts Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
from Nashville.com
I love their exquisite taste and style, so when I learned they were selling one of their residences in the Nashville area, I had to check it out!
Listed at $20 million (pocket change, right?), part of this beautiful estate once belonged to Hank Williams Senior, so there is much history there.
With four residences on the property from a main house to a caretakers apartment in the stables, this place has so much to offer.  Check out these gorgeous pictures.
(**All pictures are from Zillowblog.com)
The interior of this house was used in the video Tim & Faith did for their duet “I Need You” while it was being remodeled.
Don’t you just love the exposed wood wall?  SO rustic, yet elegant!

 

 

Check out those gorgeous hard-wood floors!

 

I love that their decorating choices didn’t take away from the style of the house.  Such a calm color scheme.  It is most definitely an escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule.

 

Sitting out on this porch with a cup of tea would be most relaxing indeed.

 

 

According to real estate blog Zillow, the parcel of land that is being sold is 753 acres!

 

 

 

A guest house perhaps?

 

Looks like there is plenty of space for a kitchen garden!

 

 

 

I totally could see myself living here, but alas, I’m a little short of funds for this gorgeous home!
What do you think of Tim & Faith’s style?