Guys. I’m at the point where I’m starting to feel that anxious, chest tightening sensation when I start thinking about our move that is LESS than a month away and in reality we are busy many of the days in the month that follows which has that anxious feel coming and going on a daily basis.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m pumped about this life change-even if it means we are struggling to find those lovely conveniences of suburbia like internet and phone service. Getting out into a life I NEVER thought I would live hasn’t ever felt so good, but packing things up in suburbia has got this momma at a stand still.
Have you moved your family before? How in the heck did you tackle it? So many people say, ” Oh all the kids stuff. It’s worse moving when you have kids.” For my husband and I, I think we are our worst problem. Like I know so many people do, we have held on to high school memories, college memories (we’re now down to 1 box of my husband’s college books which used to take up 2 (!!!) book cases), wedding memories (including the trendy sand unity vase), and then every other little thing we “may need” somewhere down the road.
I have now vowed to myself to make sure my kids learn from an early age to live with a little less that way they don’t end up spending so many hours of their life dragging around “stuff” from here to here to only one day just get rid of it.
My current problem is where to go from here…here being we’ve pretty much cleaned out our basement-okay it’s not empty but we’re down to just a little, but I don’t know where to start packing next. There are so many places I want to tackle and just get done, but we are still living here and for us the kids are only making it tricky, because they need their things to really function throughout the week with school and sports.
Yes, I have decluttered. Yes, I continue to look for places to declutter (I follow those Pinterest boards :)-I even got rid of our sand from our unity vase from our wedding. I asked my husband if our love was more than sand and he replied with, “Well of course.” So in the trash it went. The things that once were so meaningful have just started to suffocate me and I rather live knowing in my heart that my husband loves me instead of staring at a vase of sand that is old and really just a burden in a way.
This week I learned about Trello. Have you heard of it? “Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.”
Since I have Mom brain and so many fleeting thoughts swirling in my mind for this big move to the country, I thought I would check it out and see if it would be something helpful. I have to say I’m an old soul and when it comes to planning and keeping a calendar. I prefer pen to paper when keeping track of tasks and to-do-lists and a planner in my bag that I can refer too. But after giving this online tool a try, I have to say Trello took everything that was causing me stress and organized it in a way that both my husband and I can use to tackle this up coming move as well as future projects with our fixer+upper.
Had I known about Trello when I was a working mom, I think things would have been a lot easier for keeping track of work, family, events, and everything else we encounter during our busy days as working parents. For those of you who work and don’t receive a paycheck (lovely stay-at-home moms and dads), you may like it too. Staying home has been hard for me because I haven’t figured out a schedule or how to stay organized so that I accomplish tasks quickly so I have time for myself-okay I know that probably isn’t likely to get…but IF I did get a free moment to myself I wouldn’t want to be folding laundry! If you get a moment check out Trello. The desktop interface is very easy and the mobile app is great for on the go.
Let me know if you try Trello and if you have any wise thoughts or advice on tackling moving!