Moving Series: Start Packing

Let the packing begin.

Of course for this I have planned already where to start with my lists making which I blogged earlier about (check it out here). I stick with it. For this move I did buy something to try out and see how it works for us for this move.

Yup, tape already labeled and for the rooms I couldn’t find I selected just colored tape to use. All of these were found at Dollar Tree so it was really inexpensive and I didn’t use them to seal the whole box, it was more for labeling it. I used it on the two corners of the box so no matter what way they are loaded into the truck you can see which room it would be going to no matter who was unloading the truck. Of course for the tape used with no name I did put on the top of the box with a permanent marker which room.
This post isn’t long at all as it is now just to get packing and insure you start one room at a time, pack everything not needed for the rest that is insure you have box/boxes kept aside for it. Also, tip is label every box and even detail of what is in the box. It helps so much to know exactly what is in each box when it comes to unpacking. Another tip is toss whatever you know you want need or no longer want/use. The less junk to store at the new place.


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Moving Series: Lists

Being prepare for a move is always great, it can minimize the stress. I love lists, always have and I believe it helps a lot to have lists and review them daily so you know exactly what needs to be done, what can be moved to another day, etc……. I use a note book & post it notes for these list making.

For moving I always make lists by floors (Main Floor, Upstairs, Basement, etc…) & then rooms (Kitchen, Livingroom, Bathrooms, etc…). I like to leave bathrooms, kitchen, for later time down the list (closer to moving date) because you still use a lot of items from those rooms, but I still go thru those areas in case there are things that can get pack that I know wont be needed. So top of the list title will be the floor in the house, then list down by room and in order of packing and/or things that need to be done in those areas.

I also, take a look at the pantry, kitchen freezer, & the basement freezer and make a list of what we have in stock and base cooking on those. When moving you don’t want to be shopping for items not needed or for your overflow as you will need to pack and move those as well.

Another list making I do, is of any things left to do (example, cut grass, trash out, what needs to be bought to the trash bin at the garbage dump, etc…..)

I need lists, I live on making list. For the type of person I am list making makes me less stressed, my mind is so overwhelmed by trying to remember things. Less forgetting happens. I like to have things go as smooth as possible and making and having lists help me with that. Of course there will be some stress but why add to the stressful things you may run into. So I can say it more, lists will make life easier.

Another thing I do to help plan to get the things done off the list is, I print calendars and plan what days I can do what, and closer to those days I mark a note in my planner on what list to work on and stick that list with my planner so I am not looking for it. Life is busy and at times somethings wont get done when you want them too, but if planned out you can always be able to move it to another day and continue on.

Who else lives on making lists? I swear I don’t know what I would do without lists and my planner.

 

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Moving Series: Cleaning Current Home

This post is going to be a quick one.

I thought I would share my current cleaning routine of our house, I keep it real quick not really much detail cleaning as when we move and the house is empty I will be coming back to give it one last good clean for the new home owners. First I would say make lists of your must do’s, want needs to be done, and the final list of what’s left.

I continue to clean kitchen daily, bathrooms quick wipe downs during the week and a good clean one a week. Vacuuming still happens daily (apart of kids chores) and mopping as it needs. As I get a cupboard, drawer, or space empty I give it a good clean to spend less time once the final cleaning comes along. This helps to not be having to wipe cupboards, drawers, selves, etc… when you have other areas that will need your time the day you clean to prepare it for the new owners.

My time is focused on packing and getting things going and since I have a chance to return once the we move that helps a lot with less deep cleaning to happen now. I also take this time to wash blankets, rugs, decor pillows, etc…. to insure they have enough time to dry and can be packed clean and ready to be set in place at the new house. I also keep up with laundry with a load a day and as certain clothes won’t be needed to afterwards I pack them instead of returning it to the drawer or closet when they won’t be worn.

My routine would be different if we were moving the same day of closing the sold house and I wouldn’t be able to wait until the move to clean. I would need to plan a task of a good cleaning daily until closing, which I have done in the past.

 

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LEARNING FOR KIDS

I thought I would share an amazing website with you all. I was contact by a member of https://www.education.com/games/math/ to try their website out with my kids for a fun way to learn. I thought I would give it a try as I have nothing to lose.
I was amazed with what this site has to offer, it’s learning for kids in a fun way. They have many activities and lessons to choose from and kids love electronics so this is a way for them to play online while learning. The site is easy to follow for you and a child. If your child gets stuck on an activity there is a “Hint” button they can click and it will help them by giving a hint. There are many turntables available as well. On the side tab there are lists as choices, example: worksheets, songs, etc… you can select what you prefer to see if you don’t want just all of it shown. Now that school is back to full swing I am trying to limit time of electronics to the kids, I don’t mind them using electronics for learning activities however, but limiting the time spent on them on YouTube, minecraft, etc..

These activities can also be accessed from your phone, so if you are stuck at the kiss and ride or at an appointment with your kid(s) you can have them entertained and they are learning.

I have workbooks that I have purchased so that when they do not have homework from school they must complete 1 page of work from the book and read for at least 20 minutes. I also try to get them to draw or color. Once the work is complete I allow free time for iPads etc…

I have done the math activities with Ava, who is in grade 2 & Madison, who is in SK (different types of the levels of course) from https://www.education.com/games/math/.  I will be looking into getting Kianna, who is in grade 6 into some of the activities as well.  They are recommended for kids 2-11 years old from what I have checked out, they do have a Highschool choice, but I did not find anything for that in that tab yet. This site is also recommended for Teachers as it asks the option of a Parent or Teacher when going into the website.

I love to share things I love and that I believe my readers will be interested in. If you check out the link, comment below and let me know what you think of it.  Feel free to share this post with your family and friends that you think might be interested in this post. Are you a teacher and have checked out the site? I would love for you to let me know what you think, comment below.

 



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SOLD, NOW WHAT?

SOLD our current home, yayyyyyyy. It’s over! Well that processes is, we now start a new process which of course I am going to share in a series just like I did previously for getting ready to sell.

I am very happy and now can say finally stress free. No one ever shares  very stressful times of selling (not the preparing part of it, which is a another level of stress) I am talking about the stress when everything doesn’t look well. Last time we sold our home, we sold before buying and ended up not finding anything on time to move, so we had to move with some family and then another month in a Hotel (yep! with 4 kids!). So, this time we talked about it and decided to buy first and then sell.

Back in April & May 2017 here in the GTA area the market was through the roof with high prices, bidding wars, and a feeling of not enough homes out on the market to score one. Well, in time we did find a house and went for it, we actually got the house best news right. Once everything was final we decided to get our current house ready to be listed. We list and guess what??? The market freezes a few days after listing. Which turned to be pretty much no viewings! Long sitting on the market, price drops and stress. Stress of many different kinds, like I tried not to be house less again and this happens. Stress of no luck. Stress of not closing our new home on time.

Thankfully the market started up a bit, and we started getting viewings and sold.  We move into our new home before we actually have to be out of our current home. Music to my hears, lol. I get to clean an empty house & slowly move. Maybe things happen for a reason and this was the best way. As a working mom of 4, I was starting to think how would I get the new house done, with working and still everyday life. Well, the way it worked out I actually think this move will be less stress and more relaxed. I also get to come back to this house (the one we sold) and give it a clean for the new people without rushing and stressing to get out on time lol.

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Have you had a stressful sell, buying or moving experience and would like to share, comment below. Do you have some tips on moving you would like to share, comment below.

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Moving Series: Cleaning Prior To Sale

We are almost there! If you just turned in and want to check out the first post to the moving series, you can here.

It is now time to give your house one deep cleaning. When your house is listed you don’t want to do any deep cleaning that will take to much time. Once the house is up for sale, all you want to do is up keep, quick cleaning jobs. So tackle them earlier on so that the up keep of your home is so much easier.

Here is my deep cleaning jobs I tackle first;

Front door and entry way to the home:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors & Windows
  4. Dust
  5. Floors

Kitchen:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors (ex: pantry, etc..)
  4. Good clean of cupboards and drawers (outside surfaces)
  5. Fridge & Freezer
  6. Stove & Oven
  7. Appliances
  8. Sink (always leave clean and dish free) I also clean the pipe thru with baking soda & vinegar
  9. Patio door & tracks
  10. Floors

Bathrooms:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors & Windows
  4. Deep clean
  5. Add a toilet bowl fresher to your tank or toilet bowl.
  6. Floors
  7. Hide away laundry baskets
  8. Don’t leave your towels hanging (not talking decorative)

 

All other rooms:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors & Windows
  4. Dust
  5. Furniture
  6. Floors

 

Other Tips:

  1. Keep less toys out. Keeping more used toys in bins keeps from all the toys being left everywhere. (kids still need to play, but keeping what the love most is easier for less mess to happen)
  2. Keep laundry room clutter free, keep up with laundry so you don’t have piles on the floor or many baskets out.
  3. Office desk, clutter free (create a bin for those last min throw ins)
  4. Washing bedding and blankets prior to give that extra freshness. Also, helps that they are done and all you need is changing and washing bed-sheets.
  5. Give all the decor in all rooms a good wipe down, you don’t want to be having to cleaning those things with your time is short.
  6. Get rid of large trash & donate items that you may have in the garage or basement (or wherever lol) and those trash/donate bags.

 

Getting these harder tasks done prior saves a lot of time. You may have to spot clean a wall and/or door here and there (especially with kids) but it will not be as much or in all the areas. Give all the decor in all rooms a good wipe down, you don’t want to be having to be cleaning those things with your time is short. This is also to get rid of large trash & donate items that you may have in the garage or basement and those trash/donate bags.

Congrats! Your house is ready for the market. Insure to come up with a morning & evening routine to help you keep up with your home without stressing. I will be sharing mine in the next post, so stay tuned for that.

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QUICK DIY CREATION

So, I thought I would share a quick and easy DIY with you all.  My en-suite bathroom needed a decor piece for on top of the toilet. For a while I was always keeping an eye out when out shopping. I already had a vase with a candle on my bath-tub ledge so I didn’t want another candle. Then one day a light-bulb went off in my mommy brain lol, I had stuff already at home that I could work with and see if it would come together as I wanted.

 

For this item I had it in my office serving another purpose that I no longer needed it for.

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Items I had on hand.

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I bent the flower stems down to the size (different sizes), next I inserted the green form block I got from from DollarTree and started putting it together. I had these crystal gems on hand too from Dollarama. I noticed that you could kind of see the green form so I decided to put these gems in to hide it more.

 

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Here it is all put together and in the place I wanted. It looks great, in my opinion. Something I learned from this was always check my DIY/Craft area & my little stored Home Decor area first before going out to buy something that I could create myself.

 

Do you have an easy DIY you would like to share? Or tips? Comment below.

 

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