08 May 2013

Pack Rat [The Anti- Hoarder Moving Edition]

Today was the day. Kevin and I are officially homeless (well, temporarily at least.) We still don’t know exactly when we are going to be closing on the house we are buying due to some septic issues, but we are hoping sooner rather than later.

For now we are going to be vagabonds; mooching off my parents and any naïve willing friends we can bribe into having us! We are so thankful for all of the support we have had so far. It has definitely been one of those moments where you step back and think “I really do have some amazing people in my life.” I love when you remember to appreciate what you have been blessed with.

BUT it has also been exhausting. Packing is not fun, not even a little bit. And it’s sneaky…you think you are so ahead and you don’t have that much more stuff, but you are sorely mistaken. So I thought I would share some packing tips with you to help ease the pain of cramming your life into a million organized cardboard boxes.

Tips for Packing:
  • Give yourself as much time as you can. Anything, and I mean anything, you can live without, go ahead and get it packed. You will thank yourself later for not waiting until the absolute last minute to get it all done – queen of procrastination reporting here. know museum life is hard.  I like to be in a home decorated with my things, pictures; without all the finishing & personal touches it feels as if you’re living in a stranger’s house.  Remember, in a short period of time, it will be a stranger's…so go ahead and get used to that idea!
  • Think about the timeline. Though most dates start out as generalities, when they say you are closing at noon, what they really mean is “all of your stuff needs to be out! Because as of noon that house is no longer yours.” Make sure you have things packed accordingly so you aren't scrambling around at the last second.
  • Wrap breakable objects in clothes and towels.  Not only does this save you money from not having to buy newspaper and bubble wrap, but you also get more stuff packed in less boxes.  Seriously, you were already going to pack them anyways – multitasking.
  •  Label things. You will thank yourself later.  It’s a lot easier to look at the label on the box and know the contents rather than having to open it and rummage through everything.Another tip I just learned that I will be using in my next move is to not only label boxes, but also color-code them.  Put this into action by securing a piece of tape above each door that specifies which color belongs in each particular room. This will not only make it easier for you, but the helping hands as well. You’ll be spared from having to answer a million times “where does this go?!”
  •  Depending on the logistics, plan ahead of how you want to un-pack AND things you’ll need when you un-pack. This is a BIG one. What I mean by “how you want to un-pack” is if there are projects that you are doing right away (like painting the kitchen cabinets) the first boxes you pull out shouldn't be kitchen items. Or if you need to sand the living room floor, don’t move your family room furniture in first. So if you take a little time to think ahead and pack based on how you want to un-pack (make sense?) it will save you a big headache in the future!  You also need to think about what you are going to need during your un-packing. Have some “survival boxes” filled with things you may need to help with the un-packing. These should be clearly labeled and the first things you move into the house. Think: paper towels, cleaning supplies, shower curtains, tape, box cutters, sponges, basic tools (screw driver, hammer, etc), towels, sheets for beds and pillows, overnight bag of clothes, toiletries, soap, toilet paper….the basic things you need on a daily basis.  That way if everything doesn't get unpacked your first night, you’ll be able to make it through comfortably. You are going to be exhausted after all this moving non-sense; make it easier on yourself!
Remember: Don’t get overwhelmed. This is a big process, but I promise you everything will get done! Get used to living in (hopefully organized) chaos. It will be awhile before things go back to status: normal. You will get there (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself!) 

Bittersweet; last night in our first house! Kevin still snuck a thumbs up in there :)
Xoxo, Christie

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