Moving Home (Tips and insights)

Our little family is on the move. This will be the cats and my husband and my 5th move in 9 years. Our daughters 3rd move but she doesn’t remember the others and our son’s first. Over the years we have gathered so much and we always try to de-clutter before we go but never seem to do enough. This is a bittersweet move. We are finally heading back to our home state but will still be about 6 hours drive from family. Hopefully after a few years we can make that final move close to family and then settle. There is so much to consider for this move.

Our daughter will be going into Year 2 and our son is meant to start in Pre-primary so we have to enrol them into a new school. This is not proving to be easy as we send, and want to continue to send them to a catholic school. There are waiting lists at the moment so we have to hope and pray. Hopefully my posts will help others who have such a big move to make. We have got better every time we have moved and have learnt the right questions to ask. I hope you will join me on this journey and please feel free to throw any of your tips my way.

STEP 1: Plan your move.

I am a planner and need to have a calendar, weekly outlines and daily tasks in front of me so I can keep on top of things. You can make your own plan up but we are limited on time as there are only 8 weeks to go. Search online for Moving Planners and print one out, put it into a file and start planning. I paid for and downloaded this one from The Organised Housewife.

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STEP 2: Do a rubbish tip run

Go through all the carports and sheds to see if there are items you have that cannot be sold or you do not want anymore and take them to the tip. You will come across other things as you go. Store these to one side and do a tip run as needed. This is our job this weekend. My husband will have a rare day at home so we are dumping what needs to go. This will make the moving quotes so much easier.

STEP 3: Sell or donate big-ticket items that are too good to throw out.

While you are organising your tip run put items aside that can be sold or donated. Photograph and advertise them on a local selling site. I would prefer not to use the bigger ones as pick up is always an issue. If they are not sold in a week, lower the price slightly. If they are not sold in another week, donate them. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. I will just want to get rid of some of our pieces.

STEP 4: Removal Quotes

My husband’s company requires 3 quotes as they pay for the move and then we pay them back. Some removal companies allow you to do a quote online. This would be ok if you only had a few things to move. I do not feel comfortable with this as we have soo many things and I know I will get it wrong. Ring the removalists and make a time. When they are there make sure you have all the questions ready. We have two pets and two cars. One car has to go earlier so those were questions that needed to be clarified. Ask them for two quotes. One for them to do all the packing and one for them to supply boxes so you can pack yourself. I am going for the latter, except all the breakables. I will get them to pack those. Don’t forget to tell them the dates you are looking at. I remember one time going through this whole process only to find the cheaper quote couldn’t move us on the set day.

STEP 5: Home and schools

Decide whether you will rent or buy. Get onto some good real estate websites and start looking. I like to look and save some to our favourites. We have always bought when we have moved but will be renting at the moment. Every couple of days I check the sites and save my favourites. When my husband heads there a month before us he will look around and make more definite decisions.

If possible, find out about the different schools in the area. We have been lucky that my husbands new admin manager has been there a while and could give us some feedback. Phone schools immediately and ask for enrolment packages. Don’t forget to ask if they have waiting lists. We will be putting our enrolments into both schools and hoping for the best.

These steps should get you started. We have 2 more quotes next week and hopefully s decision on a removalist will be made by next weekend. I have started sorting through cupboards but just want to get packing. Our envornment is going to be different so here’s hoping a change is as good as a holiday.

OUR CURRENT LIVING ENVORINMENT

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OUR FUTURE LIVING ENVIRONMENT

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We will definitely miss the beautiful tropical surrounds but so many new adventures await us.

Children’s Chore Charts

I believe that all members of a family need to be responsible for jobs that help the family work together. A friend of mine told me her analogy she tells her kids so they understand why they have to do jobs around the house. This works well as there are 4 of them. She told them that their family was like a lawnmower that had 4 wheels. If one of the wheels were broken or not working well, then the lawnmower would not get the job done. Each member of their family was like a wheel on the lawnmower. They had to all work together so everything would get done. I loved it so I shared it with my 2. Thanks Jody.

As the kidlets get older and are capable of more I revamp their job charts. I have just done this and thought I would share them with you. Our son is 4 and our daughter will soon turn 7. There are jobs that they each have to do every day: Make their bed, take their lunchbox and dishes to the kitchen, hang their towels up and make sure their washing is in the laundry basket.

Then we have jobs that are completed only on some days and jobs they share. They were only feeding the cats, in the morning, twice a week and my husband I were having turns as well. Then they started fighting over who would let them in and out. So now they take turns to feed them and we don’t do it at all. That worked out well. Their daily jobs are common nature for them now. I check the charts every morning to make sure the right kidlet does the right job. As they get older, their tasks will be increased slightly. Gabby has started feeding the cats at night, once a week, with their wet food. Once she has got this under control I will increase it to twice a week. They each have turns emptying the dishwasher but are at different levels. I usually empty it all except for the plastic dishes they use and the knives and fork basket. Rogey Bear just packs the plastic dishes away and Gabbylocks puts them and the cutlery away. This will again be increased with confidence and control over certain items.

Click on the link below to see how I do their charts. It is so simple to do. I just use Microsoft Word to design it and then save it as a PDF.

Gabby's job chart

Rogan's job chart

Planner Addiction

Hello. My name is Paula and I am a planneraholic. I have always loved lists and planning for what needs to be done. I cannot seem to work any other way. I am always looking for a functional planner that works best for me. I have a Blog Planner that I use and am always looking for ways to make it better. Lately I have been searching for ideas for a personal planner that fits my lifestyle. I will then be working on a budget planner and a Home Management Binder. There are so many out there, ready for printing and even places that will make a personal planner up for you.

There is so much to consider when on this journey. Cost, look and effectiveness. I don’t want to spend too much. It needs to look pretty and inviting and has to fit in with our family lifestyle.

I have even joined a group on Facebook and have already discovered some fabulous things out there. Unfortunately, everything I love is in the USA and no matter how much I search, I cannot find it in Australia. Oh well. I will keep looking. If you love planners and planning head to Planner Addicts and request to join the group. You will love it.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Click on the picture below to view the range at Erin Condren. Her planners can be sent to you ready for use. They are gorgeous and very user-friendly. Price could be an issue for some people.

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Jen’s planner at I Heart Organizing. This is a very reasonable price. It will take you to her Etsy store where you can buy it and have an instant download. Then you will need to print it out yourself and bind it in the way you like. Below is what it looks like when using the Martha Stewart range.

I have gone with Jenn’s planner for now as I am still searching for the perfect one and the price helps.  I am thinking of making me own down the track.

Happy planning.

 

Blog Planner (To Date)

Yeah, I finally have something to show for the Blog Planner I have been working on. There are still some pages I would like to add but this is a good start. Graphics are courtesy of Petit Tatti

The Planner consists of:

Cover Page

3 blank monthly planner pages – different colours for more choices

* You will need 12 copies, one for each month of the year

* Write the month at the top and then use the Yearly Calendar to see where 1st goes for each month. Fill in the days in the coloured circles.

Weekly blog planner page

* You will need 52 of these should you be blogging every week. I do 10 at a time in case I don’t blog in a particular week.

Blog expense tracker sheet

* Print out sheets as needed

Blog statistics page

* You should only need one of these

More details of how I use these pages will be in a later post.

You are able to download the pages for free by clicking on the pictures below. I also use a Yearly Calendar and insert this after the cover page. This is used to circle significant dates for the year ahead. I only ask that you use it for personal use and not sell or download it to share as your own.

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Month planner - pink

Monthly planner - green

Monthly planner - grey

Weekly Planner

Expense tracker

Blog statistics

Blog Planner (Sneak Peek)

Organising is always something I strive to be better at. The Mum on the Run blog is no different. There are so many gorgeous Blog Planners out there but I thought I would design my own. Once complete it will be free to download, for a short time. I am also working on adding a shop to the blog where all free printables and new cheap ones will be available to download. Below there is a sneak peak of what the cover looks like. Stay tuned for the rest.

Planner cover

Planning and Organising Week

Today is the first of July and it is time to get organised again. Our kidlets have 1 more week of school holidays and it is going to be as busy as the last. There is so much planning and organising to do that I need to take a step back and tackle things one step at a time.

We are renovating so there is always a room or two in a little chaos. Usually our little spare room. This has to be totally fixed and sorted as my mother-in-law arrives on Thursday for a visit and I guess she needs somewhere to sleep.

While she is here we will be heading away – kid free – for three nights and I like to plan everything so things need to get organised there.

I have my July calendar ready to plan events, activities and family to-dos. Check out my last post for a copy to download for free.

Kids chore charts need to be redone as it is about time they got another little job added to the list. I also want to revamp their afternoon and evening routines as we are so busy during school weeks that schedules need to be followed or I go a little “nutty”.

Besides the personal organising, my Blog needs a little tweaking. I have been using:
Guide to a Better Blog

I love how easy it is to follow. I have just downloaded Months 4 -6 so I can continue to improve my little personal project. If you run a blog and would like to improve it in some areas click on the link above. It will take you to the place to download this guide. It costs about $10 but is well worth it. As you can see 6 months is up so I am a little behind the 3 months. I downloaded it later and have been doing a little step each time I have a chance.

This week will be spent getting a little more organised with the blog so posts will be scarce. I will still be on the FB page.

Have a great week.