Navigating the Holidays After a Big Move: A Guide to Finding Comfort in New Traditions

Moving to a new place during the holidays can be challenging, but it also opens up the possibility of creating new traditions and embracing change. By connecting with your new community and blending old and new traditions, you can find comfort and joy in your new home. Explore local holiday celebrations, decorate your space with festive décor, and engage your senses with the scents of the season. Plan virtual gatherings with loved ones and consider giving back to your community through volunteering. Document your journey in a holiday journal or scrapbook to reflect on in the future. While the holidays after a move may feel different, they can also be a time of growth and new discoveries.

How to Focus When You're in the Midst of a Move | moving

How to Focus When You're in the Midst of a Move | moving
Moving is a notoriously stressful time. There's so much to think about and so many things to do that it can be hard to focus on anything. But whether you're moving across town or across the country, it's important to stay focused so that you can get everything done and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Here are some tips on how to stay focused during a move. 

1. Make a list of everything you need to do. One of the best ways to stay focused during a move is to make a list of everything you need to do. That way, you'll have a clear idea of what needs to be done and you can work your way through the list one task at a time. Be sure to include both big and small tasks on your list so that you don't forget anything important. It also helps you avoid not knowing where to start when you have so much to do. Just take a look at your list and pick one task to work on. 

 2. Set aside time each day to work on packing. Packing can seem like a never-ending process, but if you set aside some time each day to work on it, it will be much easier to get through. Dedicate an hour or two each day to packing and make sure not to put it off until the last minute. You'll be surprised at how quickly the packing will get done if you're consistent with it. 

3. Take breaks often. When your brain feels overloaded, it's important to take a break. Go for a walk or listen to music. Taking some time for yourself will help you relax and recharge so that you can focus when you need to. 

4. Make sure you are supporting your body, so it has what it needs in order to focus. Take those vitamins, drink lots of water, and pick healthy options to snack on. There are SO many ways to support your body so it is able to focus well for the move! My most recent hack for focusing that I have been loving is setting my WavWatch to the ADHD setting.  It helps me focus in and get tasks accomplished. Actually that is the setting I have it on right now as I write this blog!

Moving is definitely not an easy task, but by staying focused and organized, you can make it through without too much stress. So make a list, set aside time each day for packing, and take breaks when you need to—and before you know it, you'll be settled into your new home sweet home! 

Handling Big Emotions During a Move | Moving

A move is a big life event. It's normal to feel a range of emotions during this time - from excitement to fear, happiness to sadness, and everything in between. Here are some tips for handling the big emotions that come with moving.

Acknowledge your emotions. The first step is to simply acknowledge your emotions. Denying how you feel will only make things worse. Accept that this is a big life event and it's okay to feel however you feel. Don't try to bottle up your emotions or push them down. Let yourself feel them fully and then release them.

Identify the root cause of your emotions. Once you've acknowledged your emotions, it's time to try to identify the root cause of them. Are you feeling sad because you're leaving your home and all the memories you've made there? Are you feeling anxious about starting over in a new place? Are you feeling excited about the possibilities that come with a fresh start? Identifying the root cause of your emotions will help you better understand them and deal with them effectively.

Release your emotions through an activity or outlet. Once you've acknowledged and identified your emotions, it's time to release them in a healthy way. This might mean writing about your feelings in a journal, talking to a friend or family member, going for a walk or run, or listening to music. Find an activity or outlet that helps you release your emotions in a healthy way. I also like to diffuse StressAway and put some on wrists, so I getting the extra support I need! 

Moving is a big life event that can bring up a range of emotions. Acknowledge your feelings, identify the root cause of them, and release them in a healthy way. By following these tips, you can handle the big emotions that come with moving and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Want more ideas ? Check out this video -Handling Emotions: Tips for Moving

10 items that will make your move easier | Moving List

10 items that will make your move easier | Moving List
Moving is stressful enough. Don't let the packing part add stress—make sure you're prepared with these 10 items before moving day!

1.  Boxes
The first thing you will need for your move are boxes. You can usually find boxes for free from local businesses. I  go to a local Subway and ask for boxes. They usually have lots of boxes they are willing to part with. You can also purchase boxes from Amazon if you don't extra time in your schedule to drive to local businesses. 

2.  Packing Material
In addition to boxes, you will also need packing material to protect your belongings during the move. I like to start by using what I have in the house. Towels, dishcloths, and blankets will all work as padding inside of boxes or totes. I also like to have some additional bubble wrap on hand for items that need lots of protection during the move. 

3.  Tape
You will need tape to seal up your boxes and keep them closed during the move. Be sure to get a good quality tape so that it doesn't come undone during the move. Using a tape with a dispenser will keep you from repeatedly searching for the edge of the tape.

5. Markers
Use think permanent markers to mark the side and top of your box. Label the box clearly with the room and items that are in the box. 

4.  Labels
If you would like to get fancy, use label stickers to label your boxes so that you know what is in each one. The labels are color coded and have room to add additional notes. This will make unpacking much easier and less stressful. 

5.  Furniture Sliders
Furniture sliders are a great way to move heavy furniture without damaging your floors or injuring yourself. They are essentially large discs that you place under furniture legs and then push or pull the furniture across the floor. You can purchase furniture sliders for carpeted floors and for hard floors.
You can also put sliders under your chair legs to prevent them from scratching the floor.

8. Disposable Plates
Even though the kitchen is packed, you still need to eat! Using paper plates during a move helps you stay fueled with out doing extra dishes or digging out the plates after you packed them!

9.  Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies can be used to clean your old home before you leave, or to clean your new home once you arrive. Either way, they are an essential part of the moving process. I like to have paper towels, steel scrubbers, and cleaning gloves on hand as well as some natural cleaners.

10.  A Music Playlist
Moving can become stressful. A great way to release some of that stress is to have your favorite songs playing as you pack! 

Happy packing!

What other tips do you have for packing? Share them in the comments below!

How to make your child's room a special place after you move.

Are you a mom who is juggling the task of adjusting to a movie while trying to make your child feel at home in the new area? Don't worry, you can do it! One of my favorite ways to help my kids adjust to the new location is to make their room a special place. Here are some tips to help you make your child's room special after you move.

First, try to keep some elements of the old room in the new one. If your child has a favorite toy or blanket, try to find a spot for it in the new room. This will help your child feel more comfortable and at home in their new space.

You can also add personal touches to the room by displaying photos of loved ones or putting up artwork that reflects your child's interests. Adding these small touches will help turn the new room into a peaceful and calm place they can come to when they are having a hard time adjusting to all the changes. 

I also like to let my kids pick something new out for their room when we get to the new location. This gives the kids another fun thing to look forward to. It also can be a really fun experience helping your kids design there new room layout and set up there stuff. 

If you're looking for a fun and unique way to make your child's bedroom special, one of my kid's all time favorite additions has been a hammock chair!  My daughter has the white hammock chair and my son has the black hammock chair. Not only is it a fun addition that they use for hours, but it is also a great place for them to relax and read or just take a break from the world. Their friends also love swinging it when they come over.

Cheers to creating a fun new room for your kids that has memories of where you came from, their long loved toys and a fun new addition to their room which symbolizes all the fun and new things you will do here in your new location! 

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