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Today’s guest on Go Ahead, Amuse me is Heather Dugdale who is the author of the blog Recovering Working Mom where she chronicles her life with kids and shares her humorous insights about learning how to be a mom and trying to have easy family fun.  Please go over there and check her out.


A Survival Guide for Moving

by Heather Dugdale


What’s spring without a little spring cleaning?  Okay, A LOT of spring cleaning.  In fact, so much spring cleaning that one thing led to another…and…in the midst of my fabulous job cleaning and organizing we decided to pack it all up and move to a new house.  Seriously.  I’m thinking either I took this spring cleaning thing waaay too far or I should have started with the idea of moving and left it for the movers.  Since I didn’t (and hindsight is 20/20), here are a few things I learned from surviving my adventures in moving in 60 days with 3 kids and trying to keep life going.


1) Always be sure you know where the liquor cabinet was packed and unpack it first!!!!


2) When you select your moving day, try NOT to select the one day that there will be a torrential downpour, hail and 50 mile an hour winds. Do we think that was a sign that we’ve made a mistake, or is this one of those moments like when it rains on a bride’s wedding day and everyone tells her that’s good luck?! Let’s hope it’s the latter!


3) Always, always, always leave out the DVD’s and a DVD player for the children. Otherwise, while you are trying to bring in all the boxes from the truck while getting pelted by hail, your three children, who have to be cooped up in the house with all their belongings packed away in boxes, will ensure that by the time you notice, hurricane Trifecta (as I affectionately call them) has come through with a vengeance.  See #1.


4) Here are the top 5 items you might want to pack in a suitcase when you move so you can be sure to find them:


a. A normal pair of shoes – while Ugg boots are comfortable, they are hardly the fashion statement they once were circa 2002.  And it looks like I’m trying to be one of those celebrities who “doesn’t try too hard” when they go to the grocery store knowing full well they will be photographed.

b. A bra – I have worn the same bra for six days, and here’s the kicker . . . it’s strapless! Do you know how hard it is to carry boxes and move furniture when every 10 minutes you have to pull your bra up?! Luckily the children sucked the life out of my boobs, so it really didn’t matter when the bra fell off – there’s nothing left to see!!!

c. A GPS device for – 1) the children; 2) scissors; 3) tape; 4) Sharpie marker – no matter where it is that you last put these items, you will invariably forget where you put them and you will spend HOURS looking for them!

d. Toilet paper – who knew we’d have to go to the bathroom in the new house?!!! It didn’t dawn on me until I was sitting on my brand new toilet that I had no toilet paper.  For me this was OK, but try explaining to an 8 year old the concept of “drip dry” . . . Oh, no, wait, my children have mastered that art. How do I know this?! It could be the unflushed toilets with NO paper in them that are all over my house!!!!


Though I’m very excited about our new house, I don’t think I’ll be doing any more spring cleaning anytime soon.  Or maybe ever.  It’s just as well, since I don’t think my boobs could survive being free like that again!


How have you survived your adventures in moving?

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  1. The Mommy Psychologist
    April 12, 2012

    HAHAHA! Thanks for the toilet paper mention. I can’t tell you the number of times that I have moved and found myself “empty handed.”

  2. Mayor Gia
    April 12, 2012

    Hahaha I’m moving soon so this is a great tip for me – remember to have toilet paper handy!
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  3. Jester Queen
    April 12, 2012

    Aaaahhh the toilet paper!!! And oh yeah. Keep the liquor cabinet open.

  4. Pamela D Hart
    April 12, 2012

    Exactly, exactly, and exactly WHY I have NO desire to move any time soon unless I hire a moving company, then I’ll pack toilet paper in my tote of a purse and sit on the front porch and watch! lol!

    Enjoy your new house!
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    • Heather Dugdale
      April 12, 2012

      I’m so glad you all can appreciate the importance of the little things like toilet paper. Of course, in a house of four girls, it’s critical. I’m not sure my husband noticed it was missing. Thanks for reading and commenting. :-)

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