Packing to Move
I’ve lived in the same house for the last eight years. In that time I’ve managed to collect A LOT of things. Not enough to qualify me for an episode of Hoarders, but I definitely hold on to things, like that Post-It note with just a phone number someday I’ll remember who it belongs to.
The decision to sell my house was easy, but where to begin packing was another story. Every day I stood in a room assessing what it would take to get it packed. After five minutes of this I’d panic and move onto something far more exciting to think about, like breaking in my new running sneakers. After a week of this routine I realized I needed to come up with a plan of action and stick to it. Using the following six tips I managed to survive moving an entire household with my sanity intact.
Packing Supplies: Make a list of the packing supplies. My philosophy? There’s no such thing as too many packing supplies. One item I was surprised that I chose to purchase was packing paper. Why would I buy packing paper when I could just use newspapers? Think about how unsanitary newspaper really is with all the dirt and smelly inks on it, packing paper = brainer.
De-clutter: Before I packed a single box, I assessed what could get donated or tossed out. A good rule of thumb is to ask “Is this my size, taste or current style?” If the answer was no, the follow up question should be “Donate it or toss it?” Good de-cluttering trick: If you have kids like I do, wait until the dark of night to get rid of broken or out grown toys. You’ll avoid any temper tantrums over keeping ever last little broken toy.
Packing: Pick a room. I found starting with a small room such as a bathroom was a great way to get started. Pack everything in that room that isn’t used on a daily basis. Remember to label each box clearly. Cool trick: For the kitchen pack glasses and stemware in clean socks.
Cleaning: As I finished packing a room, I gave it a thorough cleaning from floor to ceiling. This helped minimize the amount of time I spent cleaning after I’d moved out. Fun cleaning trick: play your favorite songs while cleaning! You can’t help but sing and dance.
Trash Removal: After all your de-cluttering and cleaning you will need to make a trip (or several) to the dump. DO NOT leave it to the last minute; you don’t want to spend an entire day going doing dump runs. Smart trick: rent a dumpster and forget about repeated trips to the dump.
Hiring Movers: Moving is incredibly stressful, when I moved from one state to another it was such a relief to have professional movers transport all of my belongings, and they were insured so there was that peace of mind. Can’t afford it? Consider booking yourself a massage for the day after the move, you’ll need it.
Essentials Box/Bag: A relative who moves fairly frequently, recommended that I pack a box or bag with all of the essentials I would need the first couple of days in my new place. I included a couple of changes of clothes, toiletries and my laptop.
Don’t procrastinate. With a little care and planning everything will arrive in one piece, including your sanity. Do you have any suggestions, or lessons you learned the hard way, for moving? Leave us a comment below.
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