Scott and I have moved around a lot and consider ourselves to be pretty seasoned movers. Our biggest move so far was when we moved from Ohio to Colorado. We had been planning that for almost a year. We moved in August of 2012 but decided we wanted to move in October of the previous year. Once we knew we were moving, we worked on prepping the house and planning everything out.
This current move that we’re doing from Colorado to Idaho is a bit more rushed. We knew that we were going to sell our house this spring but didn’t realize that we actually wanted to leave Fort Collins until mid January.
That shortens our timeline considerably and we are in major hustle mode. Honestly, all of our free time (and not so free time) is spent on this move. We don’t have much time for anything else right now and a lot of things have got put aside (like blogging regularly. Womp Womp).
Because we have so much to do to prepare for this move and since we’re moving with two dogs this time around, we need to stay on task.
Two things that we’re doing right now to help keep us focused:
Using A Project Managment System
We are using Freedcamp to keep track of our to-do list. This makes it easier for both of us to see what needs done, add to the tasks, and mark things off as we complete them.
I love this program because everything is super simple and easy to use. There’s always going to be a learning curve to any new system that you try out but Freedcamp makes that adjustment pretty smooth.
Freedcamp allows you the freedom to set up your projects anyway you like with the ability to create a project, tasks under that, and then subtasks. Along with the ability to edit those at any time, comment on them, and check them off when completed.
We are using this as our major task list and have it broken down into categories:
- House Interior
- House Exterior
- Personal Items
With a bunch of tasks in each category.
We are also using it as a hub for info that we find as we research Boise. For example, we are listing Airbnbs that we find and houses for rent.
Plus we are creating a master list for things that we need to bring with us on the move that can’t get packed up and go with movers. This is divided into two categories, personal and dogs.
For example, the dogs are going to need beds and leashes. We are going to need pillows, sheets, and blankets. We don’t want to forget anything so creating a master list as we go is very helpful.
Freedcamp also has an app that is available for Android and iPhones, so that you always have your tasks handy. Freedcamp is also totally free, so you can sign right up and start using it!
Scott and I have started to incorporate daily check-ins with each other about progress, what tasks are done, and what tasks we’re working on. I know that’s sort of the point of using a project management system, so that you always know the status of things. However, it’s also really nice to have a face-to-face chat about it as well.
This doesn’t have to be some big sit-down meeting with slides. Scott and I usually talk over lunch about the day and what our plans are. This allows us to talk about any frustrations or hurdles we are dealing with along with getting caught up on the progress of projects.
It’s a laid back conversation (most times! Sometimes we disagree about things) about the move and what we need to get done.
This all helps me tremendously because I have a tendency to get overwhelmed easily when there’s a ton of stuff to do. All I can think about it is, “oh my gosh we have all these things”, and it stresses me out. And then I end up doing nothing because I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start.
When I can see our tasks broken down into smaller steps it’s a lot easier for me to digest. Plus it helps me plan out my week so that I can create a master to-do list for each day integrating these additional tasks into my weekly routine.
This is what’s keeping us on track and sane during this hectic time. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t stressed out at all but at least this helps keep me a little less stressed.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Freedcamp is a program that we enjoy using, and I wanted to share that with you.
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.