Y’all, the packing struggle is so real. I started packing up our study a couple days ago and the amount of outdated, damaged, or unnecessary items just kept piling up, which is discouraging as you’re trying to pare everything down to move only your best and brightest essentials. While I’m not tossing everything out, I’ve found myself in a whole new purging mindset that’s opened me up to a whole new set of packing principles I thought I’d share with you.
GET MORE BOXES
Seriously, even if you raid your local liquor stores five times a week (I would never do that), get more boxes than you think you’ll need. You’ll be surprised by how many it takes to move a house successfully, and you’ll also be surprised by the integrity of some boxes after they’ve been used and donated to you by someone else (love the boxes, hate the tape that’s falling apart). Even if you end up buying some to get what you need, definitely do it so the packing process is enjoyable, not stressful.
KEEP SUPPLIES HANDY
This is a huge tip but one I always forget until I’ve started packing: keep your supplies handy. Whether that’s scissors, tape, a Sharpie, labels, or whatever suits your packing fancy, keep those items together and within reach at all times while you’re packing. Turns out that half of the time it takes to put your stuff into boxes is eaten up with searching for that Vis-A-Vis you’re using to label your boxes…Just sayin’.
MAKE A SAFE SPACE
…for your phone, purse, keys, chargers, etc. Claim a space for essential items you might need at a moment’s notice and keep all your goodies there while you work — it will make you much calmer to know that your essentials are available always and not going to accidentally get packed with your high school diploma and old tee shirts.
DONATE, DONTATE, DONATE
This is a great time for you to come up with a lot of items you can donate, so do it! Whether a service comes to you to take your items or you run them over to your local Goodwill, take the time to donate items rather than throwing them away. They can make such a difference for someone who may really need what you’re planning to throw out! Plus, it’ll make letting go of your superfluous stuff a little bit easier.
MAKE A LIST
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Make a list while you’re packing of all the things you need to buy when you get into your new house. For instance, as you’re packing your mail essentials and notice you’ve run out of standard envelopes, add them to the list. Not only will this keep the nagging to-do list out of your mind while you work, but it will also make your move a heck of a lot easier!