It’s not all happiness and roses now that we have a departure date. The real work is just beginning, and it’s nerve wracking For months now, we have gotten rid of all that extra stuff: collected, fixable, too big, too small, broken, who saved THAT? You know, the detritus of living somewhere longer than a month. That is all gone.
Then the farm animals were sold or given away. This was the first time that it actually hit us; we were leaving our beloved goats behind. For us, the dairy goats were a defining part of our family farm. Most of the children were born after we bought the goats, so not having fresh milk and goats to care for was a serious change to their daily schedule.
Now, we just have to pack the house. Not as daunting as it sounds. We have a month, so I have planned out what has to be packed for the month. The important part is to whittle away at the least essential items and keep the kids’ comfort items until the last week.
Inspired by two new blogging friends, Jen at Conversaving, I decided to do an accountability post. This is the weekly to-do list, so we will be ready to fly out the 2nd of March to our new home.
Pack non essential books in my office
Pack nonessential homeschooling books and room decorations
Pack small appliances in kitchen
Move prepacked craft room items out to big garage for easier loading
Take down sewing and knitting machines-pack
Pack baking cupboard
Inventory and pack herbal cupboard (3)
Consolidate and organize pantry for the move
Pack holiday dishware
Pack stemware and corningware cupboard
Pack box of comfort items and mail to new house
Pack 3 younger children clothing, leave out 1 week’s worth for remainder of month
Pack toys-give away anything too big to reasonably move
Pack bathroom essentials
Check older children progress
Finish packing dishes-buy paper
Make list of stuff for carry on for plane trip
Start talking about what it’s going to be like to fly with the younger children
Honestly, there is probably quite a bit more, but this list is a great place for me to not feel overwhelmed and have at least somewhat of a plan.
Wish me luck!!!