My husband and I just bought a new house. Commence operation Purge & Pack.
Of course this means that between now and the date on which we take possession of our beloved split-level pad we’ll be living in what I call home limbo: that space between the moment we start dismantling our current home, and the moment we declare ourselves satisfactorily settled into our new one.
Frankly, along with the excitement of planning the new digs, home limbo can be exhausting.
Luckily I’ve found a few tricks to help me manage it to various degrees of success. I post them here selfishly as a reminder to myself, and to share them with you, should you be facing the same scenario.
Accept that your routines, surroundings, and systems will be disrupted. Assuming you actually have systems in place, this can be discombobulating and frustrating. Knowing ahead of time that it will happen may soften the blow or allow you to preemptively set up temporary workarounds.
Gather appropriate packing materials. Splurge for an extra tape gun and a box of blank newsprint, ditch the tattered boxes, and bring what you’ve got together in one, central spot. Make it easy on yourself; you’ve got better things to do than spend 45 minutes searching for the good Sharpie.
Enlist help. If you need help, ask. It’s usually easier to bring someone in when you’ve already triaged what’s ready to go and can put them straight to work. My mother is one of the most efficient packers I’ve ever seen; just point her to the pile of stuff that’s ready to be boxed and watch her go!
Expect that it will take more time than you think to do it all. Yes, if we were fully dedicated to packing we could probably do it fairly quickly, but sometimes life butts in. Allow for delays if you can or, even better, plan a few. Practice Project Management 101; build in some buffer.
Take it all in stride. Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and make time for play. The house will get packed even if it’s not done perfectly (says the perfectionist), and things will be OK.
You are in the middle of a major transition; it’s normal that things get a little stressful. Try to embrace the shift and all that comes with it.
How do you manage home limbo? Do you have any tricks to share?
Really, I’d love to know!