We made a move over the summer, not a big move, just to a different neighborhood, a move all the same.
Now, the last time we moved the boys were 8 months old and now they are almost 9. As you can imagine they have their own opinions on where they want to move. They want to live in a two-story house with a pool and I don’t want to clean a two story house. So I win!!
Jonah was sad about moving away from our next door neighbors, to be honest, we were all sad about leaving our close-knit neighborhood. We had the type of neighbors who would look out for your house when you were out of town and during hurricane Irma we stayed in contact through a group chat.
With all the anxiety that comes with moving, it was a perfect time to purge a lot of “stuff”. It’s amazing how much a family of four can accumulate over the years.
So, I have a few helpful tips (maybe more than a few 😉) to pass along in case you find yourself in the process of getting ready for a move.
Since it was the beginning of summer the boys were at the house. It made it a little tricky to donate any of their toys that they didn’t play with anymore.
Jonah would keep every toy if I let him, so when the boys were asleep for the night, I ventured into their playroom and made stacks. I’m not heartless, I only tossed the items that were clearly broken then made a keep and possible donate pile. Next had Jonah go through the piles. He made a donate box and a yard sale box.
Tip number 1 – Get some boxes or large plastic bins. Have one for keep, donate, yard sale and toss. We refused to buy boxes, so Jonah and I would hit Target in the early am to get their boxes. My husband had luck driving behind large shopping centers and collecting boxes that way.
Tip number 2 – When you feel like you have a handle on what is going where, choose a date on your the calendar for your yard sale/garage sale.
Tip number 3 – Call Salvation Army, they are a wonderful organization and they pick up! I had them come for my first donation boxes and then I scheduled them to come after our yard sale.
Tip number 4 – PACK!! Jonah really enjoyed helping me pack. We really tried to do room by room and stayed organized that way. We decided to rent a storage unit to store our larger pieces of furniture (we were still looking for a house).
Tip number 5 – Enlist family and friends to help move. We picked a weekend and were fortunate enough to have my husband’s family come down from GA to help with the larger items and items we wouldn’t need until we found a house. Still, haven’t found a house by the way.
Tip number 6 – FIND A HOUSE!!! We were renting from my husband’s boss and since there was a job change we needed to vacate the premises by the end of the month. We were doing everything possible to stay in the same school district/ zone for Jonah. Collin attends a private school for Autism (ABA) and lucky for us Collin’s school is about a 10-minute drive from Jonah’s school.
Tip number 7 – The biggest tip of all with a child on the spectrum is include them!! Collin would help with packing. I know for Collin we wanted to keep certain things the same – I.e. their bedroom. We didn’t have an extra room for a therapy/ playroom, in the new house, but we made sure to hang all his artwork in my husband’s office as it was in their playroom. That was HUGE for Collin. The artwork was one of the last things I removed from the old house. In the few days, while we trying to finalize things at the old house, Collin would have meltdowns in the car wanting to go back to the “white house” (color of our old house). Once I moved the artwork over and we hung it up together, he didn’t ask to go back to the white house.
At the moment we’re not in the position to buy a house. Having a child on the spectrum is costly and Collin’s school and therapy are our number one priority. We found an awesome house to rent, in a nearby neighborhood, close to Jonah’s school and 5 minutes closer to Collin’s school. We absolutely love it!!
We’ve been in the new house for two months now and we are in full swing with back to school and Scouts! Jonah is thrilled his friend Eden is now a scout too!! Fun camping trips ahead!!
I would like to give photo credits of the above photo of Collin in his Zebra blanket to Mia Antoinette at littlehummingbirdphotography.com