11 Stress Free Tips for moving
Take the stress out of moving with kids with these handy tips by preparing ahead of time.
- Pre-pack while they’re asleep or away (especially their toys!) Leave one box of toys out until the very end, though, so that they always have something to play with. Get them involved by having them take pictures of their tidy rooms.
- Ask for help with the kids, and lots of it. You need more help with the kids than with packing. If friends or family really want to serve you, ask them to entertain the kids in the part of the house you’re not packing. Or ask them to take the kids out of the house so that you can focus.
- Ask for help with packing, with a few caveats. If people want to help you pack, make sure you’re prepared with supplies and a specific category that you can delegate without micromanaging. Don’t ask them to pack family heirlooms or mementos if you’re just going to hover.
- Use color-coded duct tape. The best tip I received from a friend was to color code all of our boxes with duct tape. We were moving before house hunting, so I didn’t know what the new house would look like or how many rooms it would have, but I knew that I could safely label all boxes with my daughter’s items with red tape. Blue tape was for my son; yellow tape for the kitchen; and so on.
- Start months (not weeks) earlier than you think is reasonable. If it now takes twice as long to get out the door than before you had kids, believe me, it will take twice as long to pack up your house, no matter how small it is.
- Sell or get rid of items at night. Take Goodwill piles to the trunk of your car at night so that you can drop them off the next day without the kids seeing that one toy they never played with. Because they will decide it’s their favorite toy and you’re a monster for giving it away.
- Utilize online yard sale and mom’s groups. Through Kikiji, Facebook Marketplace you can sell almost everything you want to get rid of just by leaving it on your doorstep for pick up. It’s a win-win!
- Pack each family member one suitcase. Allow one suitcase per family member. I packed each child a small stand-up duffel bag with pockets on the outside and put them both into one suitcase, making it easy to separate their items and easy to find things on each temporary stop along the way.
- Have a few new and exciting surprises. Purchase a few new toys for the move and plan a trip to your favorite family restaurant for the very end in order to keep up morale. You may be sad about the good-byes, but there is still a new adventure in front of you.
- Say goodbye to your old house. On the morning of the move, after everything was out, my son wanted to go back into the house. I was going to tell him no, but then I realized that it might help him to take a final pass. So we walked through each room waving “bye-bye.” It was me that ended in tears, of course.
- Give yourself and your kids grace. Moving is psychologically disorienting and emotionally exhausting. You need to find the park, your grocery store, make new friends—and where are those flannel sheets?
Courtesy of Lindsey Roberts
1. A Good Paint Job Goes a Long Way
Paint is one of the most important tools available to homeowners and designers. With just a few brush strokes you can transform a space and not just make it look better, but actually increase the value of your home. Given that the investment is usually pretty low, the ROI on a good paint job is great. With that in mind, here are 5 things you can do with paint that will increase the value of your home.
2. Paint Kitchen Cabinets
3. Paint the Walls a Neutral Color
4. Paint the Trim Gloss White
5. Paint the Exterior
There’s no denying the allure of touring a luxury home, even when it’s way over your budget. So, here’s what luxury home buyers crave.
Luxury homes are destined to be a part of the digital age. With everything from heated-floor temperatures to video home-security check-ins, homeowners will be given global access to their home’s inner workings no matter where they physically are in the world.
Regular ole showers and standard tubs no longer cut it. When well-heeled shoppers are looking for a luxury home, the bathroom should resemble the spa at their favourite Four Seasons, rather than one in a single-family dwelling. A separate steam shower and an extra-large soaker tub are a must.
Wok Life Balance
In a move to make your favourite international cuisine anytime your little heart desires, the latest kitchen appliance to find its way into luxury homes is a built-in wok. They’re equipped with high-quality overhead exhaust systems, so even if the wontons burn you won’t smell any smoke.
In a bid to make more of the Great Outdoors — but with the comfort of the indoors, of course — fully weatherproofed exterior living spaces are sprouting up in luxury constructions. Kitted-out barbecuing areas, brick pizza ovens and heated patios are a part of what’s taking luxe properties to the next level.
Speaking of heated areas, an interesting (and very expensive) trend in luxury properties that are “blessed” with four seasons is the advent of the heated driveway. Yep, worry no more about snow-covered walkways or icy pacing stones — a subterranean heating system will melt and dry it all away.
Mountain homes are a hot commodity. The one thing everyone is looking for is the ability to step out the front door, strap on those skis and take off out onto a freshly groomed run. So, accessibility is key, and if that property also provides privacy, so much the better.
So, are any of these luxury-home amenity trends going onto your dream-house wish list?
Courtesy of HGTV.