How I Survived A Quick Cross-Country Move

I accepted a job offer on June 6 which led our family to move from Indiana to Oklahoma.  We arrived on July 1, unpacked on July 2, and I began work on July 5.  These are the high points of what helped it work.

1) I slept 7+ hours every night.
2) We laughed at the mishaps (there were a few).
3) I unpacked the kitchen, my kids did their own rooms, and Chris unpacked our office. He and I worked together to get our closet in shape.
4) We took a proper holiday on July 4 – no unpacking or house duties.
5) I got to work. Literally. I began my new job on July 5 and set aside any further settling into our home for a few weeks until we were better adjusted to our new schedule.

At the moment we’re still in the process of sorting out which travel arrangements allow Chris to best serve his team at Formstack, we don’t yet know where our children will attend school in August, and it’s a big adjustment for our family having me work full time (which I’ve not done since 2004).  It remains a very positive transition and we are grateful for this fantastic opportunity.  Thank goodness our home is beginning to feel like a retreat!

The current focus is to only do work things during the weekdays, spend time with my family in the evenings, and keep a running list of home tasks to focus on when the weekends come.

How have you survived a move?


5 Responses to “How I Survived A Quick Cross-Country Move”

  1. Nils Smith July 24, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    We’ve moved several times, but never cross country and never with kids. Also, never as smoothly as you described, but it seems that attitude is everything.

    • Dana Byers July 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      That’s very true, Nils – attitude makes a big difference. I used to be more uptight about the process but it wasn’t helpful…or so I was told. ;)

      Let’s just say that, even though it went well, I hope not to move again for a looooong time!

  2. Anita July 25, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Love reading your blogs Dana :) We found out that we have to move again in November this year and you continue to inspire me to minimise! Anne and I started on our garage today and plan to have a task list for every weekend until we move. Hopefully our move will go as smoothly as yours. We hope to not be moving too far so that helps.

    Excited to see you on Church Online again :)
    Anita x

  3. Contessa August 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I am preparing to move soon so I enjoyed reading this. I am trying to prepare by getting rid of things I do not use or need so that the move will be easier. You make it sound so easy! :)

    • Dana Byers August 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Great, Contessa – take a moment and review my posts from mid-June of this year. They highlight specific ways to prepare for a move. Best wishes!

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