A little like Tetris

I had a touch of insomnia last night, which is funny (although not in the ha ha sense) because I was bone tired all day yesterday. I literally had trouble getting up out of bed; I felt like someone had siphoned off all of my energy stores. I don’t know what is wrong, but perhaps it is just the lack of sleep over the past year catching up with me.

Anyway, back to the insomnia. I have a job interview tomorrow. The job is out of town, and I am traveling 6 hours to get there. I have a strong feeling that I will get the job, and the thoughts that kept me up last night had to do with planning the move. This is going to be quite an orchestration, especially because I will get no time off between jobs and neither will Joe. We are going to have to move over a long weekend!

So, if anyone has any tips on moving to a new area with a small child, I’d appreciate hearing them. Aside from the mechanics of finding a place to rent, changing over all of our bills, and packing, we also have to find time/occasion to interview new daycare providers (did I mention the “no time off between jobs” part?). I have a feeling my weekends are going to be jam packed for a while…I just have to cross my fingers and hope that everything will fall perfectly into place.

3 thoughts on “A little like Tetris”

  1. my biggest tip is get rid of everything you possibly can. have yard sales, post on craigslist & freecycle, sell on ebay and half.com, donate to shelters and independent thrift shops (goodwill & the like sell stuff to vendors in 3rd-world countries, who then sell the stuff to their countrypeople, undermining local textile establishments & independent tradespeople), leave stuff on the sidewalk with “FREE TO A GOOD HOME” on it. If you have boxes you haven’t unpacked since the last time you moved (everyone seems to have one or two of these), give it away without opening it. I suggest watching a few episodes of “Clean Sweep” if you have cable (it’s on TLC) to get into the groove. Have a friend help with the “keep/donate/toss” arguments, someone impartial. Remember: memories are in your head, stuff is just stuff. If it’s important, it needs to be in a place of importance, not in a random box. Take a photograph of it & put it in an album if it’s sacred but you don’t want it to collect any more dust. Seasonal items that haven’t been used in a season or more (snowpants that haven’t seen snow in 4 years, for example) need to go. Don’t try to do everything at once, go room by room, shelf by shelf, box by box. One shelf per day. Everything we owned prior to moving to Seattle fit in a Neon, a Ford Aerostar, and a 6×8 Uhaul trailer. We bought $1,000 in furniture from IKEA when we moved here, and that was it. And most of the furniture was funded with money we made selling our old stuff, like the table we got for free & sold for $80, or the desk we bought for $50 & sold for $60. YOU CAN DO IT!

  2. Ask questions to find out the name of a good pediatrician and child care provider. This could mean asking your present health care provider or asking ( once you know you have the job) the HR person in the new area.

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