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How Many Times Have You Moved?

How many times have you moved in your life? Count the times you moved as a child into that number.

My adventures have included 20 moves in my adult life and 4 as a child. This does not include moving to college and back home since my main residence was my mom’s house during that time. That’s 24 total moves and I’m definitely not done yet.  I started in Towson, MD and currently live in Oxford, MS.

Can you beat that?  I’m sure many of you can so share your number with me and my readers stating where you started and where you are right now.  It’s fun to learn people’s moving habits and where they go.

Here is a map of my major moves. Screenshot_20171010-124313.jpgAs you can see, I’ve mostly stayed south of the Mason-Dixon line.  Some states I’ve moved in and out of a few times.  Several involved multiple moves within the area so I can’t place them all on this little map. These short moves were times we went from a rental to a home we purchased.

Moving is an adventure. The logistics are just a beginning. Then there are people involved; new friendships and business associations. New things to do can keep you busy. I have generally viewed each new location as a vacation, or a stay-cation, but one that is fresh and new.  If you view your new home as a place you may never get to again, you will be more apt to take the time to explore.  For example, neither my husband nor I expected to stay in Illinois very long or ever need to get back to that part of the country so we made sure we went to Chicago and St. Louis. We visited small towns with history along the Mississippi. To make sure I got a particular state on my bucket list, we made day trips or weekend trips out of the way so we could cross a state line.  We hit some state parks, historical centers, ate local food we knew we wouldn’t eat again and found ourselves in some cool places.  When the next move opportunity came, we didn’t regret not exploring.

Find out what there is to do in and around Oxford (if you live here) by downloading the “100 Things To Do In Oxford MS Fall 2017”.  Check this list of day trips, too. See how  many things you can do before your next move.

Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors  2092 Old Taylor Road Oxford MS 38655 | 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 | equal housing
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Moving Checklists

Moving?

Look on the internet, especially Pinterest, and you are likely to find hundreds of Moving Checklists, that is lists filled with activities to help you get your household packed, shut down and moved to a new location.  These checklists tell you when to do what before you move. Most are 6-week lists and a few start sooner and give you more lead time.

I have moved over 15 times in 25 years and pretty much have my own way to prepare. I don’t believe that you need to take your time and do certain things each week.  I do understand that some people, who haven’t moved often, will need a little more guidance, but most events on the checklist can be done at one time.  If you know the date of your move, sit down at once and make all of your phone calls or fill out your internet forms to end or move services, let the teachers know, order doctor and prescription records and more. Do it all at once, then focus on other things.

Because of my experience as a mover and as a professional real estate agent, and because of my own opinion that not all lists are perfect for everyone, I have made my own to share with you.  These lists give you things to do as soon as you plan the moving date. Where most lists end the day of the move, my Moving Checklists end a  month after the move is complete. There are plenty of things you don’t need to do before you move, but need to be done in the first month at your new residence.  Remember, these lists were made based on my personal experience. If you need to tweak them a bit, feel free.

My checklists come in two designs: one is made specially with sentimental value for the Oxford MS mover (moving in or moving out). The other has a garden design and can be used by anyone. The In-Town Moving Checklist is one sided while the Distance Moving Checklist is two pages, or two sides, long.

You can download them here:

In-Town Moves Garden Design:

In-Town Moving Checklist garden-page-001

In-Town Moves Oxford:

In town moving checklist Oxford-page-001

Distance Moving Checklist Garden Design:

Distance Moving Checklist Oxford:

Later this year (2017) my book, tentatively titled The Ultimate Guide to Moving, will be available both in bookstores and online.  It’s an adventure in moving with lots of tips. The book, with the use of anecdotal experiences, is also a commentary on moving over the years and how it has changed. These in-town, long-distance moving checklists and more will be a part of the book. For now, I’m passing these along to anyone who needs to move in a short amount of time, like I usually had to do, and needs some organization to ease the overwhelming task ahead.

And if you are moving to Oxford, download my 100 Things To Do In Oxford MS and get busy enjoying this great little college and retirement town in Mississippi.

Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655   662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344  Equal Housing