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Moving with Children

Moving is always a hassle. With the packing, getting a truck or movers, finding the home, the expenses and purging the things you no longer want or need. The added stress when moving can become difficult to handle.

When you add children into the mix the stress level grows exponentially. Children get upset when you pack their favorite toys or when you take anything to give or throw away. Then there is the need for a sitter in order to clean the old home and arrange the new home.

On top of those things, you are doing your best to maintain your job, your normal day to day and remind your children over and over that this is a process we all have to go through. At some point, you forget if you're trying to convince them or yourself.

If you haven't guessed by now, our family is in the process of moving. We are packing up the house, going through every closet, cabinet and bedroom to decide what we do and do not wish to keep and we're still working on solidifying the location we are moving to. It's been an adventure... to say the least.

When I was younger, moving was a bit easier. The only think I worried about is if I was getting a new bedroom set or not. Now, I'm making and changing budgets, looking at the school districts and deciding if stairs would be a good or bad idea with a toddler in the house. I'm deciding whether or not to purchase baby gates that can be removed easily or if I should choose one that is screwed into the wall. I'm worrying about the location and the neighbors....

It's more of a struggle than I originally thought. Now, we have moved before this, but at that time I was more concerned about just getting out of the apartment life. Any location that wasn't conjoined with another family's home was good enough for me. Times have changed. Income has grown, children have grown and the wants and needs of our family have changed.

What we've learned through this process is that the decisions we make will be ones we have to live with for at least the next year. With that being the case, we're taking much more time to make those decisions and we're also taking the opinions of our older children into account. After all, it's going to be their home for at least the next year as well. We've gone over the idea of buying a home, which would be the ideal, but with our current car payment and things... Right now, it's not in the cards.

Even though we haven't fully finished our moving process. There is one thing we've done that I would like to share with you all that has made this process a bit easier for us. Just in case any of you are thinking of moving in the near future...

The moving Checklist:

Keeping this list has kept me on track to get everything together and reminding me to not allow anything to slip through the cracks. Although we would like to think of ourselves as these amazing beings that can run like well-oiled machines; the reality is... we're not. We're human and we can overlook things. Especially when we're stressed or overwhelmed.

If you are getting ready to, or currently in the process of moving - I hope you have less and less stress-filled days ahead.

Congratulations to you and yours for making moves!

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla

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