7 Things I Have Learned From Our Move

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From Our Move

Since moving last week I’ve discovered quite a few things about myself and I’m sharing them here with you in hopes that you might find them helpful.

Plain Nursery

  • 1.  The biggest thing thing I’ve noticed is that I LOVE clean and open spaces.  Okay, that really shouldn’t have surprised me but how much I love it certainly does.  I don’t even feel like decorating.  I’m sure I’ll decorate as time goes on but right now I’m enjoying the serenity of freshly painted walls.
  • 2.  I thought I would be disgusted by eating out so much but it gave me an opportunity to seek out those healthier options at restaurants that I usually avoid.  …and I liked them!  I may not completely revert back to my “go-to” restaurant favorites.

Temporary Kitchen

  • 3.  After a few days of eating out I decided to see what all was possible with my make-shift kitchen consisting of a fridge, toaster oven, microwave, and a wok on a hot plate.  It turns out that you can make a lot with those!  I’m feeling creative and enjoying the challenge of cooking with less equipment.
  • 4.  I am enjoying, no absolutely relishing in the amount of things we have out.  I feel like I’m on a vacation, just living with the minimum and having the time of my life.  We have all of our unopened boxes in one room and we keep the door shut.  We go in to get what we need and leave the rest there.  Once we have our kitchen cabinets installed and closet systems in place we’ll unpack a bit more but right now I’m loving having less.  We donated a lot as we packed up our old house but because of this high that’s coming from seeing and interacting with less I have a feeling I’m going to be donating a lot more in the coming weeks.  Less toys means less to put away.  Less clothes means more laundry but less choices.  Less things to dust around and vacuum around.  Less has truly made my spirits brighter.  I wish it didn’t take the painstaking ordeal of packing a few hundred boxes to fully convince me but that did the trick.  If you want to live with less you can get started with my 200 Things to Throw Away post!

Geese on a pond

  • 5.  Because we’re in a new place I want to be at my best for my kids.  I don’t want my cranky attitude to make them dislike their new house.  I know that seems silly but if you’re a parent you know how your attitude can affect your child’s.  To help with my attitude I’ve started going to bed earlier.  On purpose.  Every night.  It has helped my attitude tremendously!  I’m still tired through the day because of my narcolepsy but I’m more alert (and happier!) than I have been.
  • 6.  Along with going to bed earlier I’m trying to prep for the next day by laying out clothes, towels for the morning, and planning and prepping breakfast for the next day.  It takes very little time but helps me tremendously as I’m stumbling around in the morning.  I started doing this on my own and I had success but a few days ago my blogging friend, Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com released a new 14 day course that provides a step by step system to help you Make Over Your Evening.  I immediately bought it, devoured it, and can say that I have truly benefited from it.  Here’s my affiliate link if you’d like to check it out for yourself.  The course only takes 15 minutes a day…unless you’re like me and go ahead of schedule. 🙂

In just 15 minutes a day over two weeks the course promises you’ll learn how to:

  • – Establish a Realistic Evening Routine that works — and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • – Design a Prioritized To Do List for each day — one that you’re actually excited to wake up and tackle!
  • – Nourish your body, nurture your soul, and no longer put your health on the back burner — even in the middle of a busy and full life.
  • – Assemble a wardrobe of simple outfits you love and that make you feel great — so you can finally, as Dear Abby Leigh says, “Dress for the day you want to have, instead of the one that’s trying to have you”!
  • – Develop a contagious, positive attitude — so you can experience and express more joy in your everyday life.
  • – And more…  visit MakeOverYourMorning.com for more information.

Walk in the woods

  • 7.  Lastly, I hate to admit that there may possibly be downsides to living in the woods.  The only downside so far is that I’ve found way too many spiders to have only been here a little over a week! (Yes, I saved you and shared a picture of my darling daughter instead of a yucky spider.  You’re welcome!)  I’m seriously thinking of investing in one of these little spider catchers that I’ve seen on Facebook a few times.

If you’ve endured a move and lived to tell about it I would love any advice you have to share!  Happy Monday, friends!

About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.


  1. Sounds like your move has been very beneficial to your family!! We have started going through our stuff we think we maybe moving so the premove purge is going on.

  2. When I moved into my first apartment the only thing I had to cook with was an electric fry pan. You’d be surprised what you can make in that!

  3. The biggest piece of advice I have about moving is to do it as few times as possible. It is nerve wracking no matter what you do!

  4. I feel like you need to come help me get rid of my junk!! I LOVE clean open space but I also love my stuff! 😉

  5. Moving is never any fun so thank you for sharing the brighter side of the process!!

  6. We have moved quite a few times. What I have learned is that you have to go with the flow because no matter how hard you plan and how well you plan stuff will always get messed up. LOL

  7. I think living with the absolute necessities becomes very eye-opening. Just looking around now, I see different appliances we don’t even really use on a regular basis and wondering why we even have them, haha.

  8. Shauna Torres says

    Ha, ha, ha… I tell you, I love eating out on vacation and such, but only for a few days, after about five days, I crave a homemade meal. 🙂 LOL…But in the end, it sounds like you have learned a lot about yourself in your move

  9. Moving can be a hectic thing. Sounds like you learned a lot with your moving experience.

  10. I totally hear you when you talk about big, open spaces. There’s something about a minimalist approach when it comes to decor and furniture. It just feels decluttered (and who could say no to that?) and classy at the same time.

  11. My husband and I have been looking for a house. I’m hoping we can move before Winter comes. Sounds like you have been having a pretty good time moving. Looks like you have a lot of open space too. That’s always great.

  12. I love this! It’s been a while since we moved but it looks like you have really turned what could be a not so fun situation and learned a lot from it!

  13. Janeane Davis says

    You can learn something new every day if you try. It is great that you learned these things about yourself.

  14. I love how fresh and spacious a new home is too. I wish it didn’t get cluttered as fast as it does! Great idea to prepare as much as possible the night before too.

  15. Amy Desrosiers says

    Wow, your scenery looks really gorgeous out there! I would love to move into the woods myself!

  16. In regards to the spiders, I saw a cool tool that grabs them (like a big brush that opens up) and then allows you to carry them outdoors. It has a really long handle too LOL!

  17. I’ll be moving in less than six weeks and Im dreading the whole process. I am trying to be mindful and drag everyone around me down so I trying to do everything little by little so that it won’t be so overwhelming.

  18. The scenery looks wonderful! I love getting in the spring cleaning mood. So nice to get rid of some old things and have a fresh start!

  19. i remember when i moved to soflo from michigan i did so many things wrong. however, it was a good learning experience. love your post.

  20. One of the best ways to make the most of your packing space is to leave your clothes in their drawers. Just leave the drawers packed when you pull them out of the dresser. Instant packing.

  21. Moving is definitely no fun at all really, but this gives a good perspective on things as to the positive you can see in the move.

  22. Tammi Roy says

    Moving is always such a big process. I have learned to let go of all the junk i do not need.

  23. Claudette says

    I am 78 years old (or young).I have 9 grandchildren and 13 great granddaughters.Over the years we have much accumulated memories.The time has come that we may have to move soon and so begins the decluttering that I am sure all of your parents must have done or will be doing.I also look forward to open spaces but I will no doubt be doing the opposite…from a large spacious place to a smaller one…The precious gifts given to us over the years have prevented me from getting rid of the memories.I know I should have started sooner and admire you starting it all now and knowing that you are discovering things about yourself that will help you in the future…Good luck with this move….

    • Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I hope your move goes well and I hope the space you’re moving too isn’t too small and is a wonderful place for you!

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