Moving in and of itself can be stressful. At least for me. Throw in three big conference trips to three different states and your husband going away with the Army for 3-5 weeks all while trying to close on a house and move, and things just get chaotic
I don’t know of anyone who just enjoys moving. Sure, it is exciting and we are superduper ready for the next chapter in our lives, and thankful for the opportunity to move, but the moving part is just no fun. This will be our third big move. A lot of people don’t know this, but I was only 19 when we bought our first house. I’ve always been a go big or go home kind of gal – one to not just think about how awesome something might be, but to do it. People thought we were nuts. Only a select handful of people thought we might possibly make it. Eight years later, we still in fact own that house, and our relationship is better than ever. Then, after the accident, we moved back to Tennessee (and when I say we, I really mean Andrew – I was very pregnant and he made trips back and forth to Connecticut twice a month to pack and move stuff). And now, we are leaving our temporary home that we have been blessed to have, and our moving into our dream home.
Okay, if you have been here for a little while, you are well aware of my OCD tendencies. I am slightly giddy to share you my newest creation, birthed by my OCD. But first, I want to share with you how to make the whole process of moving a little easier and a lot less stressful.
One way I have found to streamline all of the boxes, is to print labels. I designed labels for every room / location in our new house – they are all different colors and include enough space below the color/name to write what’s in the boxes. This way it is much easier to direct your helpers where to put stuff. I don’t want to have to stand there with our helpers unloading the truck and tell them where to take things – this way they can see for themselves. Also, it is much easier to prioritize what to unpack and helps you find those lost things. And, because I love my readers, I am offering you all the labels I made for free! You can download them all right here. Then, you can change the names to fit your rooms, and simply print on Avery’s 8163 labels.
Here’s an example of the rooms I used.
Before you consider packing though, or even moving really, go through everything you have. Start with one room, or one section of a room and focus on just that one space for the time. I am a big time purger. I feel like I spent the last two years (since we’ve lived in this house) purging things. And yet I’ve already collected 4 big bags of stuff to donate. Everything in my home has to have a purpose, or a real sentimental value. If I don’t love it, if it doesn’t serve our space, if I haven’t used it in a while – it’s GONE! If you’re just beginning to go through things, either as part of your spring cleaning, moving, or just because, start with 3 boxes/bags. 1 to trash, 1 to donate, and 1 to keep. You can also include a box to sell, if you want to take the time to do that (I love getting paid for my junk). And then, immediately do something with the boxes when you’re done. Either put the keep stuff away, or pack it up ‘til you need it. Take the trash out, and take the donation box to your car for when you go by a place to drop it.
When you are boxing up stuff to keep, keep it labeled. You can see here, I’ve already started packing up stuff we won’t need for the next few weeks.
If you really want to make it easier for your friends or hired help during the move, you can keep the boxes also separated by room. I also circle an “F” on the labels when the box is fragile!
And there you go… I hope this helps you have a more organized, balance move. Someone on facebook commented that this is also a great idea for teachers who have to pack up there rooms every summer. You can label the boxes by center, subject, or area of the classroom. (have I mentioned how much I love the RATR facebook community and being able to chat with y’all there?)