During this process, we had a ton of help from our awesome support network, and I learned a lot of great tips, that I thought I would share!
Here are things that I think are important when starting to tackle this project:
I like to pack in big plastic bins like Rubbermade or Sterilite. They come in a variety of sizes, they are clear so you can see what is packed into them, they are sturdy, and in case there is fear of water damage where they are being stored, you know your things will be okay as long as the water doesn't get too high. They also store well when not being used for moving, you can keep things like holiday decor in them at all times, and they nest, so if the remain empty, they don't take up much space. I label all of the bins with two labels: one on the end side, so I can read what it is when they are stacked up, and one on the top.
Pack things in order of what you need least to most, that way the things you need on a regular basis will be the last to be packed, and the first to be unpacked when you get where you are going.
Hanging things can just stay on the hangers and move by the carload. Other clothes can either stay in drawers or be packed in suitcases and duffel bags.
Pack like items together for two reasons: 1. it keeps things organized, and 2. like items will nest together and keep them safely stored for transportation. This is key in packing dinnerware. A great tip from a friend, is to pack drinking glasses in socks. The socks provide great cushion for the glasses and are just the right size.
Lastly, but probably the most important word of advice I can give, is:
Don't move everything. As you are packing you will come across things you haven't seen or used in years. Most of these things (especially for us women) will draw up some sentimental memories. If you aren't using something there is no reason to hold onto it. The memories exist even without the items.
Separate these things into a few piles, things to donate, things to try and sell (if you want to do some sort of moving sale or tag sale), and things to throw away.
No, you don't have to toss everything, but you certainly don't need to keep everything either.
If you are currently going through a move, or any other transition, I'm here to tell you, it is not easy, but it is necessary, and you will get through it!
I hope this helped all you movers and
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