Moving is a very busy and stressful, but often inevitable, part of life. For children, it is confusing and difficult. For young adults, looking to find themselves in the world, moving can be an adventure. As one gets older and has a house, furniture, and children, moving becomes more difficult. When one gets older still, moving can mean downsizing. Sometimes moves are exciting, due to the draw of a bigger home or new job. Other times, they can be upsetting. Generally a move can evoke mixed emotions, such as the sadness of leaving the home where the children were born mixed with the happiness of moving closer to family. Whatever the reason for the move, there are a lot of emotions and a lot to do. There is also a lot to scrap, even though there may be no time to do it.
Before the Move
Before you move is a great time to scrap the old house or apartment. Ideally you have already done this, before you even decided to move. However, in reality many of us don't really think that we are going to move anytime soon. This may be the last chance to take photos of the house and scrap them. You may also want to remember some facts about your old home. Here are some suggestions which you may want to include:
- the address and phone number
- the square footage of the house or acreage of the property
- how much you paid to buy/sell the house or how much rent you paid
- the names of the neighbors (and perhaps some photos of them as well)
- a floor plan of the house
- before/after photos of any home improvement projects
- things that you loved or hated about the place
If you don't have any photos of the interior of your house, a great time to take them is when the real estate agent has you fix it up for showing. While the house won't look exactly like it normally did, it will look clean and uncluttered. Remember to take photos of the outside as well; even if it was an apartment, you may want to remember what the building looked like.
Most importantly, remember to journal your thoughts about the move. I did this on this two-page layout, using one side to document what I would miss and the other what I would not miss. Given the mixed emotions of moving, there are some things that appear on both lists.
During the Move
This is tough because your scrap stuff is probably packed away. Keep at least one camera accessible and take photos of the packing process. Snap a photo of the moving truck and of the old house getting empty. Don't worry about getting everything; you'll be busy moving, so just photograph what you can. Make sure you don't lose the camera. This might be the right time to use the camera in your cell phone, since you are not as likely to lose your phone during the move.
Similarly, try not to lose your move photos. During moves computers crash and things get lost. If your photos are in your camera phone, you can easily email them to yourself and they won't get lost. If they are in a digital camera, consider uploading them to a website where they will be safe and you can order photos once you are settled and unpacked. If you use film, consider having a mailer available and having the photos sent to a friend or relative who can bring them to you after you are settled. Make sure you don't lose all your old photos either. If you store your photos on your hard drive, make sure you back them up prior to packing your computer. If you have printed photos (especially old ones), consider packing them in a waterproof container in case your boxes get wet.
Take some photos of the new home, with the stuff moving in. Of course, you will have the future to take photos of the new home, but it still nice to have shots to remember the move.
If you have a chance, consider jotting down some thoughts you are having the day of the move. These can be used for journaling later.
After the Move
Once you are settled and have unpacked your scrap stash, it is time to print those photos and scrap the move. I used moving-themed paper and multiple photos to make a move layout for each of my children. House-themed paper would be suitable for move layouts as well.
Moving is stressful. Scrapbooking can be relaxing and journaling can be therapeutic. When you move, work your scrapbooking around the move - but don't let it add to your stress.