Packing up our house for the past few weeks has been completely manageable. I am writing this about one week out from the move, so I may be singing a different song the night before we actually move, but in general, I think it’s been a simple process.
There are a few reasons that I believe it’s been manageable, and I’ll share those below.
One. Justin and I sat down and organized the packing plan room by room. I typed up a list of every single room in the house and assigned each one to either Justin or myself. We agreed on it and that was that. I decided to take on more rooms (mostly smaller simple rooms like a bathroom) and Justin is tackling the attics, garage, shed, and his home office. In our marriage, I’ve tried to stick to what I say, so we both have clear expectations of the other. So while I’ll occasionally find myself wanting to tell him when he should start packing, or how I think he should do it, I try to bite my tongue and trust that he’ll get it done because he said he would. His timeline is not the same as my timeline, and he knows the moving date just as well as I do!
Two. Pack the least used items first, and work your way backward. Over the weekend I’m going to set out about a week’s worth of clothes for the kids, Justin and myself so we can essentially live out of a suitcase during the actual moving days. I also left out a lot of the toys in the kids’ playroom so they can still have access to the things they like to play with!
Three. This may not work for everyone but I’ve been using this time to really purge things that I don’t love. If I don’t love it here, I probably won’t start loving it at the new house. We are going to do our best with the furniture we have but I’m sure there are going to be holes that need to be filled after we move in. If there is something I don’t like, I don’t want to force it at the new place so I’m taking this opportunity to donate it.
I’m the farthest thing from a “strategy” person but these are a few things I’ve implemented to make the packing very manageable! I hired Jenna from The Arranged Abode to help me in my office and master bathroom (there are so many hair products!!) but otherwise we are packing it all ourselves.
Many readers suggested these packing stickers to help movers know what boxes need to go where, and I also heard that Trader Joe’s or local wine shops have boxes that they’ll give away for free!