One project at a time… Tuesday Link Party. (Organizing a “move”)

August 2, 2011
This week my “project” has been to get our household organized so we can have a smooth relocation for our family.  Moving to another state requires a lot of planning and organization.   It’s very stressful and exhausting as well. We are moving to Greenville, SC.  We just got back last night from a visit and I must say its an absolutely beautiful place.  Downtown is breathtaking.  We are so excited to get fully moved.  Im even more excited that I will now have a new home to ORGANIZE!!  Here are some pictures I took with my cell phone to share with you all.  You have to see what I experienced down in Greenville. Its a beautiful city!

Greenville, SC

How many U.S. cities can say they have a natural waterfall & stream going right through the middle of downtown?  Not too many.  Its breathtaking. 

 There are so many trees. Now I know why its called “Green”ville.

Alex and Gavin on the suspension bridge overlooking the waterfalls. Its much higher than it seems.

 Downtown Greenville has cute italian style lights strung through the trees going down main street. (Do you see the street sign.  Its called Coffee street).  Love it!

They have a very trendy downtown with lots of sidewalk tables to eat outside the restaurants.

The first house we toured and the first house we fell in love with!  Now if it would still be for sale until after we sell our house, then its meant to be! Its just a beautiful colonial home.

Here is another house we fell in love with. The front porch is “farmhouse” style with a porch swing.  Just lovely. This house sat on just about an acre and looked very similar to the house above. It had an in ground swimming pool in the back yard and a master suite with a fireplace.  It was gorgeous!  I think this one is calling our name!  Dear God, please help us sell our home FAST!!

Now back to reality and the “preparing to move” part…

Here is a list of what we have accomplished so far:

1.  Make a list of everything that needs accomplished before, during, and after the move. Check.
2. Call a realtor or two or three.  (Compare offers).  Get the house on the market asap! (Still in process).
3. Research movers, price moving trucks, etc. Check.
4. If you are not lucky enough to have your company pay to pack you up, purchase boxes.  We found the best deal at Lowes. Check.
5. Start going through each room in the house and toss what you do not want, need, or have room to move. Double check. Im having the hugest moving sale ever!
6. Box up anything you will not need before you move (winter clothes, keepsakes, etc). Done! We are storing the boxes in our garage.
7. Label each box with a gift wrap tag (I found them at the container store for $1.99 for a set of 40).  On the label put: what room its from, contents, and box __ of __ (so you know how many boxes are in that room).  Place the label in the top right corner of each box.  It will be much easier to find something you might need in the future.
8. Get the house ready to sell. CLEAN the house.  Wipe down all doors, baseboards, shampoo carpets, scrub showers, sinks, toilets, ceiling fans, and everything in between. 
9.  Clean the outside of the house. This is the buyers first impression. If you don’t take care of the outside, who will want to see the inside. Pull weeds, mulch, sweep off the porch, plant some flowers in planters for the porch, etc…

10. This is the point we are at now. 🙂  Stay tuned…

Shopping for moving boxes at Lowes. Don’t forget the bubble wrap. 🙂

We got a LOT of boxes… and still need more.

One Project At A Time LINK UP:

What are you up to this week? Any exciting projects?  Do you have any moving tips to share? If you are going to link up, please add my blog link button to your post. I have no rules to linking up. 🙂

41 comments on “One project at a time… Tuesday Link Party. (Organizing a “move”)

  1. ~Judy~ says:

    It’s all very exciting!

  2. Jenna says:

    Good luck selling your house and with the move! I’m sure it won’t be a problem since your house is so beautiful!

    {Also, the linky party isn’t working}

  3. Jenna says:

    nevermind, it is now 🙂

  4. Becky B. says:

    Toni…you are the busiest blogger I know!! You amaze me! When we sold our house in 2006, we were shocked when it sold in ten days!! God worked out everything so well – it was truly His plan for us to move and I never had to worry or be anxious! I will pray for you guys…and your “stress” that you will be stress-less! Excited for you!!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  5. Andrea says:

    best of luck on your move. those houses look dreamy!!

  6. Ai Sakura says:

    the houses you saw are gorgeous! love the one with the swing :)good luck with the house sale!

    Ai Sakura

  7. Brenda says:

    Hi I just wantd to add that craigslist is a great placae to find free boxes. good luck

  8. Lauren says:

    My husband and I purchased our first home in Greenville! We LOVED it there! Downtown is incredible! Don’t know if you attend church, but the one we loved is North Hills Community Church–it’s awesome! We’ve moved 4 times in our 5 years of marriage (2x across the country) and I learn something new every time. Liquor stores have tons of boxes that are great for packing books! The boxes are small enough that you don’t overpack and it makes it easier to carry. Hope all goes well!

  9. I am from Greenville and it truly is such a beautiful and fun place to live 🙂 You’re going to love it!!

  10. Ali says:

    Thanks so much for hosting! Good luck with your move. I am in the same boat and I am moving in a few weeks and I am way behind in preparing for it. Ack! 🙂

  11. Katy says:

    We have moved several times (3 of those moves being out of state moves) so I’ve gotten really, really good at it =). I absolutely love Greenville. We have A LOT of friends there & used to live less than 2 hours from there. I’m sure you & your family will enjoy the area.

  12. what a perfectly sweet town you are moving to…and what a job in front of you…but every time we’ve moved the work and stress has been balanced out by the excitement of starting fresh in a new place…blessings as you pack up…linked up my easy egg mcmuffins!


  13. Suzie says:

    We love Greenville. We visit often as our daughter attends SWU in Central,SC. Downtown is so much fun!

  14. Beth's Blog says:

    Greenville looks beautiful! I love the lights in trees. Good luck on the move.

  15. Greenville is an amazing city! Downtown is so much fun, and it’s incredibly family-friendly. The park down there is neat, there are always families hanging out on the weekends. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  16. Oh, and the BEST place for free boxes is a college bookstore. The boxes are super thick and sturdy since they’re designed for heavy books. My in-laws run one, and that’s where we always snatch our boxes!

  17. I am so excited for all of you! Downtown is stunning and the homes are gorgeous, especially the one with the porch(I love porches). The South can be a beautiful place to raise your children. I hope everything works out for you all and wish you the best!

  18. Toni says:

    Sounds like there are a lot of bloggers on here from Greenville! How exciting. 🙂

  19. caramelchica says:

    Greenville looks like an adorable place to live!! How exciting!

  20. I just recently found your blog and am constantly inspired! How exciting about your move to Greenville! I was raised in Greenville and just recently my husband and I moved to Clemson (about 30 min south) for him to attend Graduate School. You and your family will absolutely LOVE it! It is such a wonderful city to raise a family in.

  21. Carter Clan says:

    Hi Toni! You are going to love Greenville! We are only two hours away and visit there often! As you know from your trip the downtown is beautiful, the restaurants are delicious and the green space and outdoor activities are wonderful. Hope you have a great move!

  22. Heather says:

    oh my gosh! lucky duck! that is a gorgeous place to be moving to! 😀 have fun!

  23. Nikki Lynn says:

    Love love love your blog!

    New follower here!


  24. Cathy says:

    I have been a follower (actually, more of a lurker) of your blog for quite a while. I was surprised to see familiar pictures today!! I stood in those same places just a couple of months ago. My daughter lives in Greenville. I have some very dear friends who own “Spill the Beans” coffee shop right by the suspension bridge, right next to the falls. You must stop in and meet Abram & Sarah (the owners); they have great coffee & ice cream!!! Tell them that Cathy from northern WI sent you!! Enjoy the move. It IS a beautiful town, but a bit too warm for this northern Wisconsin girl!! 😉

  25. Lisa says:

    I live 1 hr 20 min from Greenville! You have to check out this new bakery called “The Buttercream Bakehouse” which has a store front also. They studied European buttercream for years – I heard it’s absolutely to die for!! Good luck on selling fast…I’m sure you will!

  26. Toni says:

    Lisa that sounds DELICIOUS!

    Cathy, We walked by that coffee shop and will def. check it out next time. 🙂

  27. Edna says:

    Congrats on the relo to a beautiful place! I envy you; my dear sweet friend Karen A. lives there as does her Dad and her newly married dentist son. I want to come visit her soon, maybe December! Best of luck Sweetie!

  28. sarah says:

    I just found your blog via Pinterest and I am from Greenville. You will LOVE IT!!!!!! Congrats!

  29. Robin says:

    You’ve got to check out this blog A college friend of mine Barb has started this business and she has a studio in Greenville, SC. I see similarities in both of your decorating styles. She transforms furniture and I think the 2 of you should meet! Good Luck in your move!!

  30. Ginny says:

    That was one of the places I had planned to stop during our drive from Florida back up to Michigan. I ran out of time though. Wish I did, never realized about the waterfall. I don’t know how I missed that on my research. Oh well, very pretty! Good luck with your move. I’d love to move to another state, but it would be scary!

  31. Congratulations on your move to the South! As a Southern girl, you will soon be Southern by God’s grace 😀

    I hope you can find the house of your dreams!

    Ricki Jill

    PS Your blog makes me happy!

  32. I lived in South Carolina for 18 years and my husbands Aunt lives in Greenville. You will love it there! Just get ready for the heat!

  33. CAS says:

    Hey, Toni, good luck on everything! We are making the final leg of our move with the movers coming tomorrow morning. We’ve done our own packing, used Lowes for our boxes, more tape than I thought possible, plenty of bubble wrap, & shrink wrap. That stuff is wonderful. We’ve used both the wide & the narrow. Lots of stuff can stay in drawers if you shrink wrap the piece of furniture. For our pieces of art, we made corners with the bubble wrap & attached it to each corner with blue painter’s tape, so as not to damage anything. We’ve used packing blankets to further protect them. It’s easier than those flat & expensive art boxes. The other thing I did was put together a notebook with a form that I made up. It has a place for the box#, location, & then space to list everything that is going in the box. I did this as a way to create a permanent home inventory & an easy way to locate things once we get to the new house. One more great tip, go to your local newspaper & get their unprinted end rolls. They are usually $1.25. We set up a place in the garage to cut the rolls into usable size pieces — used a rotary cutter. I only used regular newspaper wadded up for padding the bottom of the boxes. This was our first move in 17 years, so it was definitely a learning process for us. Luckily for us, we were able to buy our new house before our current one sold. It took 5 months to sell, but we sold for what we wanted & felt so blessed. I wish you the same luck. You are so organized you probably don’t need any advice, but if you do have any questions, ask away. It’s all very fresh on my mind….lol!!!
    🙂 CAS

  34. CAS says:

    Hi Toni,
    We are almost packed up. Our move is within the state of AZ, so a bit easier than yours, I think…!!!
    🙂 CAS

  35. Ms Jeannie says:

    Howdy Toni,

    I am glad you are getting the list down for us too.. ha ha When are you guys expected to be in SC? We have 3 months and 1 week to be reported at Fort Drum New York… and its already starting to pick up some sort of speed…

  36. Brittany says:

    You will love Greenville! It has really grown a lot in the past few years. I lived and worked there for the past year…awesome downtown area and great place to raise a family!

  37. lyndsey says:

    How exciting! My hubby and I live in Greenville! I grew up here but was at Clemson for the past 5 yrs and we just moved back a few weeks ago. We had an AMAZING realtor so if you’re still looking for someone in this area I’d be happy to send you her info. I can’t wait to see (and be inspired by) what all you do in your new home!

  38. Imagine how surprised I was to read your post, because I live in Greenville 🙂 It is a very nice town, especially the downtown area! It’s also great that it’s so close to lots of lakes and also the mountains! Also, being directly between Atlanta and Charlotte isn’t too bad either 🙂 Is your husband being transferred here? What does he do? Good luck with your packing and your move! I hope it all goes smoothly!

    Marissa W.

  39. Good luck with your move… I can’t wait to move to SC one of these days. My in laws live right outside of Myrtle Beach and we love going down there. Such a beautiful state.

  40. Hi Toni!
    No moving tips but I do have a tip on showing a house…. I always kept two or three empty laundry baskets in my car trunk when we were showing the house. If I got a last minute…. can we show your house? call from a realtor, I could run through the house and scoop anything out of place into the baskets… i.e.: mail, toys, dirty clothes, etc. and stuff them into my car trunk! Then load the kids and pull away from the house!
    THAT was a life-saver for me.

    Looks like a super charming town Toni. I would move there in a minute too!

    Best wishes and hope it all goes smoothly.
    Linking up now!

  41. Roberta says:

    Nothin’ could be finer than to be in Carolina! Welcome to our lovely states 😉 I’ve lived here in NC and SC for over 15 years and we never get tired of it. We had a vacation home for over 8 years in Pawley’s Island SC and lived in Charlotte for 13 years and now we have setteled in the Love Shack here in Raleigh!

    One moving tip…I took digital photos of what I packed into my boxes…really great for the chinam dishes and knicknacks. I took a before shot of how things were displayed on my bookcases and my china cabinets and then printed them and taped them onto the boxes so when we unpacked we knew where everything went. Hope this helps and good luck with the sale. Fondly, Roberta

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