Holy Cow. The boxes are mounting- big, small, ginormous and wardrobe size. I’ve gone through 5 rolls of tape and 4 rolls of paper. I’ve broken 4 nails and dropped a pair of scissors on my toe. Twice.
On we roll. The movers come in ELEVEN DAYS! I feel like I’m in great shape, the kitchen is in progress and the last big hurdle. I’m trying to remember what to leave out to take in the car just in case the truck gets delayed. Oh, and in case I feel like cooking a little something until I arrive on the other end. Not likely but somehow possible. It would after all be a horrible tragedy to have to go out to eat or order something in, right?
Once the kitchen gets done I’ll feel like I really have it well in hand and will then get organized to pack up the last minute things. My fear is that in my haste to get it done I’ve either packed something I need or already given it to Goodwill or something.
- I do have a few tips culled over the years (remember, I’m a badass mover, a frequent flyer if you will)
- boxes at Home Depot are about the cheapest around, they also have paper and tape
- Buy more than you need, you can always return them and it saves more runs to buy boxes when your time would be better spent packing.
- When you count wardrobe boxes add in at least one for those large prints or decor items that won’t fit in a regular box
- Make a list of what you will need in the Supply Box, that in between box to get you from pack to unpack. I always add candles, a lighter, some incense, some tea bags and a mug. Enough drawer and shelf paper to get that down first thing. Cleaning supplies like comet and a sponge, paper towels and some all surface cleaner. Paper plates and cookware, etc. A big bag of M&M’s. Let’s be serious moving is not a job for wimps and one must pack happy treats!
- Make a list of what gets packed and when. Then stick to it. I find that laying out a plan allows me to focus at work, get packing done and still find time to be rested and do something fun in small doses.
- Start a small notebook with thoughts and jot notes to yourself. Like, I was thinking the living room should be that yummy gray color…. or the junk drawer goodies are packed in box 19. List the phone number of contacts you may need on the fly.
- Create the super duper important box, usually no larger than a shoe box that will hold phone chargers and other easily lost things that are needed along the way. This way they will not get packed inadvertently and in the chaos you’ll know exactly where they are before, during and after. I always tuck in a small bottle of ibuprofen, a box of push pins, a tack hammer and small nails, a fresh tube of lipbalm, an emery board and some handcream.
The knitting bag is packed with projects (okay, mostly ones I did nothing with before the last house hunting trip). Knowing it is there at the ready offers tremendous comfort!
I plan to be packed well ahead of moving day, I’m one of those people who shows up early to just about everything so this will suit me just fine.
Moving Day also heralds the beginning of Creatively Made Home and I can’t wait for this online class! What a great opportunity to start with a blank canvas as it is, a new house— and fresh fire and creative inspiration from Jeanne, Jennifer, Sara, Kimberly, and Tracey. Hope you’ll be along for the ride as well!