More from Garner Dodson:
One of the best ways I know to combat the bleakness of a last night in your stripped, bare old home is to lock and leave the house in the afternoon and go to a motel. There you can relax, have dinner and go to bed early. Everything's packed for the trip--so why not? It adds to the adventure of your move. Mother, the pivot of the famiy, is refreshed by having someone else look after meals and housekeeping a few hours. Making the Most of Every Move, p. 79
I may start setting aside a little each week towards a hotel room. I've never tried Priceline for my own city before--or, I may ask to spend the night at my aunt's, if she will be away on business.