I’ll just go ahead and put it out there…Moving SUCKS!
Well, okay, not so much the whole, “moving into a new place to begin a new journey” aspect of moving, but…the packing. It’s such a DAUNTING task! Tons of stuff to sift through. Decisions to make; keep, toss, donate. Trips down memory lane. I’m starting to view packing as more of an emotional exercise, now that I’m putting pen to paper on this topic. Packing is exhausting! There’s just no way around it.
I’m going to share some tips with you on what I’ve personally found to make the packing experience a little bit easier to bear…
One Room at a Time
I like to start on the upper level of the home/space, work my way clockwise from room to room, then down to the lower level. I focus on what is used the least and start sorting through that and boxing it up, leaving the more commonly used items loose until the actual moving day.
Trust me, I’ve made the mistake a couple of times; just throw it all in, anywhere it will fit, and worry about it later when unpacking. That is not fun. At all. Especially when it comes time to unpack! You’ve got the toothbrushes with the silverware, the dishes with the underwear, the electronics with the toiletries (whoops!). The throw it and go method just exonerates the whole idea of trying to make the experience at least bearable. Get a sharpie and write on the box, it’s contents! It takes one extra minute to write down the inventory of the box, ON THE BOX; you do not have to be a super organized person to follow through with this step. Matter of fact, I think this part is the most fun! You get to use a marker and write freehand on a huge piece of cardboard, it’s got a little arts and crafts flair to it.
Seriously. If you have not used an item within the last 6 months, chances are, it won’t ever get unpacked once you move into the new place. Just donate it. Or, if cash is tight, have a hugeMOVING SALE! Get the essentials boxed up, and leave the “not used in 6 months” items where they lie, have people come through your home during the Moving Sale and make an offer on what’s not boxed. It’s a sale, but with a Treasure Hunt twist to it.
Those three tips cover the entire process for the most part. Well, except for, Don’t Procrastinate…but, if I were to list that as a tip, I may be considered a hypocrite. I tend to be a last minute packer, it’s an adrenaline rush. But, aside from my flaw, you should give yourself plenty of time to get packed so that it’s not as stressful and burdensome. At least, that’s what I hear. I think 6 weeks would be a good time frame, you’ve got a month plus some leeway for a little bit of procrastination.
If you find that you are short on Boxes, get a hold of me! I always tend to have leftover boxes lying around.
I will leave you with this thought that I came across:
“…Packing to move is probably the worst game of Tetris I’ve ever played…”