Hey ya’ll! Things have been pretty hectic here in my Nest lately! We are preparing to make this 1350 mile move from Florida to Massachusetts. The planning is a roller coaster ride. We’ve gone from the click-click-click, climb to the top, just waiting for the time to get closer for actual planning, to the heart-racing anxiety of what comes next. Lining up job details, housing, daycare, etc. With three weeks and closing fast, we are starting the downhill plunge. Ahh!
I’ve moved many times, and Mr. Nest and I are very organized. I don’t need the cute little checklists that I can print out from Pinterest. I have mental checklists, but it does help to write things down for my days off to make sure I’m not forgetting something. I also have my checklist checker who keeps me on track. I can always call my husband to see what I’m forgetting 😉 I see so many tips for moving that are already part of my routines, and others I giggle at how OCD some people really are. Come on, do we really need a number system for each box? Who wants to double check a list to find out where box 212 belongs?
A Sharpie to mark the side of the box is sufficient for me. Although, I do think kids would enjoy picking out their own color Duct Tape for the boxes for their stuff. Have you seen how many colors and patterns there are now? Momma might even pick a cute color for her stuff! Color coding boxes by room isn’t a bad idea. I have been browsing Pinterest, just to see what other people do. Plus, being such a long-haul move, I wanted to see if there were better ways to pack certain things. I have pinned a few interesting moving hacks that I never would have thought of.
This Pin amazed me with its frugality and simplicity. Why didn’t I think of this??
You can find paper lunch sacks on the aisle with foil and wraps. For $2, you get 100 sacks at Wal-Mart. You could also use them for wrapping candles, jars, etc. I will definitely add this to my list of packing supplies.
Another tip that really helps is that when you know you are moving soon, keep the boxes for things you buy! This past Christmas I found a great deal on a set of dishes. I kept the box, so that when I move, I can neatly pack all the dishes just the way they came. We also had to buy a new tv when the little guy decided that Mommy’s pincushion held writing utensils for the tv… We kept the box so we could nestle it nicely.
I also like this idea:
This hack popped up quite a bit while I was browsing. This is an easy way to corral your clothes. Also, since they aren’t in a box, you can lay them on top of boxes, or fit them into odd spaces that you can’t fit boxes in the moving truck.
I usually look for cheap and easy ways to pack for a move. Making a big move like this will require a bit of investment in some areas in order to protect items from damage. I don’t usually spring for the big roll of bubble wrap or shrink wrap, but this time I will. I will also buy a bag for my mattress, which I admit, is partially for the handles on the sides. I don’t know why they don’t make handles on King size mattresses anymore… but for under $20 at U-Haul, I think it’s worth it.
So all these hacks are great and all, but where to start?? I brought in my dozen or so boxes that I got from work and I stood in the living room with my hands on my hips, tapping my forefinger on my lips.
Uhhh. Hmm. It can seem like a daunting task.
Start packing what you don’t need for the next few weeks.
I always have the same thought: “If I won’t miss this for a few weeks, do I really need this?” I packed up the DVD’s that we have in the bottom of the TV stand. We dwindled them down the last time we moved, yet we haven’t watched 95% of them since we moved in here. I wonder how many of these are available on Amazon or Netflix now?
I try to do an “outside- in” method of packing. I start with the closets, usually the top where the lesser used items are stored, then the bottom, and the linen closets, coat closets, craft closet. Then take things down from the walls. Cleaning the walls after you remove pictures and decorations makes it a one and done job! This is where the Magic Erasers come in handy. I LOVE these little white rectangular miracles. I sure wish they had invented these when my daughter was 3 and she wrote all over the wall in marker! We had to use Kilz and repaint the wall before moving out of that house.
Warning! As tempting as it may be…Magic Erasers are not good on certain surfaces, read the package before using it on everything in your house! I learned the hard way that it will take the finish off a nice wood table. Another “Duh, Nik” moment.
Once you start cleaning it’s hard to stop! You begin to notice all the little dirt smudges on the door frames and around the light switch plates. Stay focused!
Declutter as you go! If you don’t remember the last time you used something, or didn’t realize you still had it..Donate it or Toss it! Don’t bring junk with you that will sit and collect dust in your next home.
After the walls, I start thinking of what I’m going to be cooking until the move. I pack away appliances I won’t need, and leave the bare essentials. I also plan meals around the food that I need to use up before the move. I may or may not be guilty of buying items to make a dessert with the one package of Jell-O in the pantry. I bought it for something I can’t remember what now. You gotta use it right?? I came across this on Pinterest the other day. A cold dessert sounds like a nice treat after a busy day of packing 😉
This is where I’m at in my adventures in moving. T-minus three weeks!
Next time on the Nest, I will share my tips for packing for the long road trip with a Six year old.
What tips do you have for making a long-distance move?