I mentioned previously that I had a pretty intense sticker/spreadsheet system for packing our stuff for the move. Here is the proof:
Photo depicts all the progress so far! Box 20 is missing its color, but it is yellow. Orange means “Office/Storage” and yellow means “Living Room”. Once I get to the other rooms it will be green for the bedroom and pink for the kitchen (I think). The stickers are weird-shaped because I just made thin slices on sheets of small colored tabs. The boxes themselves have big colored labels with sharpied numbers written on them.
I had ordered 40 medium-size quality cardboard moving boxes and a 25lb ream of clean packing paper from Amazon to start with. I’m aware that I could have saved money by just bumming boxes from stores and buying cheap end rolls of paper from newspaper companies, but I wanted boxes of all the same size and clean paper to wrap my items in. Sometimes security (box stacking won’t be as precarious) and convenience (of not having to trek around gathering supplies) trump saving a few dollars. Also I was able to start packing RIGHT AWAY versus constantly having to try to find cheapo boxes everywhere.
My goal for each box is to have it be no more than 30-40lbs and everything packed well enough inside so NOTHING will move. Stuffing crumpled packing paper and/or plastic grocery bags (remind me to blog about how much I HATE those bags) in crevices keeps this from happening. Less movement means less opportunity for things to possibly get bumped, scratched, and broken! All my fragile items (frames, figurines, vases, etc) are first wrapped in bubble wrap (I also got a massive roll of that) and then a sheet of packing paper before going into the box. Oh yeah, the fragile stuff is also being packed into plastic totes versus the cardboard boxes for extra security.
You won’t believe how many bags of trash and donate/sell items I’ve created out of this process… roughly 12 huge bags of trash and 8 huge bags of donate and I’m hardly half-way through the house yet! This doesn’t even count the many things to donate/sell that can’t fit into bags (like baskets, containers, shelving, lamps, etc). It’s crazy. We also won’t be keeping any furniture but our couch, recliner, TV, entertainment center, 2 shelf units, 2 end tables, 2 lamps, a small kitchen table, and our bedroom TV. That’s it. The rest of it actually belongs to Chaz’s mom and we never planned on keeping that stuff anyway.
I haven’t moved since 2007 (when I graduated college in FL to move here to KY to be with Chaz) and oooomg that move was insane. I had hardly packed in advance and we were literally scrambling to find containers and boxes to fit all my stuff in. Previous to that I’d moved every two years or so with my family and we’d always done a mix of plastic totes and multi-sized boxes from various locations with no kind of organizational system whatsoever. This move will be different… less stress and I will know where everything is and not have it hanging over my head that something isn’t packed right!
Also how cool is my handwriting? If I made it a font I would call it “Lazy-Ass Cursive”. :D