I just googled “stress free moving”, and then I promptly started laughing at myself. So in case you haven’t figured it out, the Pink Chai family is moving in six days. After five years in the space that we originally planned to live in for a year or two (and outgrew like three years ago), we are moving to what we think is going to be our forever house.
As excited as I am about a bigger kitchen, more space for crafting, and home decor projects, I’m also drowning in boxes and packaging tape. How is it that I always underestimate how much work it’s going to take to move house?
Every evening this week I’ve started packing up one room, and without fail my kids have needed some random item they haven’t used in weeks that I just packed. (Is it possible that I’ve unpacked more boxes than I’ve packed?) As frustrating as I find this dance of packing and repacking, I also understand why kids need to be reassured that there favourite, and most random belongings are safe and coming along to the new place. It’s all about routine and comfort. Even though they are excited about moving to a bigger space and having their own rooms, they are also nervous about leaving behind the familiar.
I think my kids are like me in that sense – they like there days to have a certain routine and rhythm. Kind of like me and my post lunch chai break. Today’s menu was frozen pizza heated up by my husband, and eaten off a cutting board because most of our plates are already packed, but even so, I needed my cup of post-lunch chai. It’s not only because I need the caffeine hit (because trust me, some days mama needs the caffeine), but more because it brings a sense of rhythm and structure to my day.
On particularly tough and tiring days – like those that involve packing up all my house and moving boxes – my afternoon chai is a much needed break. It also gives me something to look forward to when the morning is dragging on and I can’t seem to make any progress on my to-do list. Speaking of to-do lists….these boxes are not going to pack themselves and my chai break is long over, so I better get to work. I’ll be back in a few days with a new space, fun home decor content, and my same trusty cup of chai!
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