Moving Tips: The Key to Organized ChaosBy
It is bittersweet that I am writing my final Design Wisdom Wednesday MSLL blog post. After a year of enjoying my new MSLL family and making lots of new, forever friends, my husband and I are transporting our family to Virginia Beach.
The hardest part about facing the relocation is leaving the ones you love, and the second hardest part is…moving! It forces you to clean out forgotten spaces, to sort through old clothes, and to tackle the infamous “junk” drawer. Over the past couple of weeks, I have learned that the key to packing is organizing the chaos and I have gained some invaluable moving tips.
1. Purge, Purge, Purge. The key to packing is to never move what you will never use. It’s the ideal time to get rid of unwanted items and to conveniently “lose” your husbands holey t-shirts. Contractor bags have become my new best friend! They are larger and more durable than standard garbage bags and allow you to get rid of big items without using multiple bags.
2. Use linens and towels to wrap breakable items. They both have to be packed, so why not combine them to cut down on the need for additional packing materials. Use inexpensive Styrofoam plates in between dishes to cushion them throughout the process.
3. Shrinkwrap your entire silverware drawer rather than individually wrapping each set of utensils. It will keep them from shifting and will make unpacking a cinch. Screw caps tightly on spices and pack them in large ziplocs to keep them together.
4. Slip garbage bags over multiple hangers rather than folding hanging items. It will protect them and allow you to simply place them in the closet when you arrive at your new home.
5. Label, Label, Label. Once you’ve boxed up your items, be sure to label them according to which room they should be place upon arrival. It will assist your movers and prevent lots of questions the day of the move. In addition, be sure to label the contents of the boxes so that essential items can be unpacked first.
6. Bribe, Bribe, Bribe. Keep your movers motivated and/or entice your friends to help by supplying pizza and beverages! It will be greatly appreciated.
7. Savor the moments before the move. It is easy to become overwhelmed with such a hectic time in your life, but remember to make time for the people that you are moving away from. They are the most important thing that you will leave behind!
Thanks for the memories and big love to all my MSLL family!
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