6.27.2011

Packed...

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All of our books are packed and so is Bill. If you remember this post, then you know why it took all weekend. After over ten years together, I've lost count of how many times PRH and I have moved. It's ridiculous! I'm hoping this is the last time though. We're going to be so busy with the renovation over the next four weeks that we won't really have time to pack and I wanted to get ahead of the game. Here are a few quick photos from our weekend. I always seem to write weird things on all of the boxes...

moveMy small vinyl toy collection from Hero. I miss that place.

moveNature mixed with faux nature...

moveThe Schleich animals that I love more than the kids do...

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When our friend Rachael moves, the first thing she does is unpack her bedding and make the bed. That way she has a comfortable place to sleep at the end of a busy day. What are your moving tips?

18 comments:

Laura said...

Someone told me once to always have one room in your new place that doesn't have any boxes in it. That way, when the craziness overwhelms you, you have one clutter-free place to go & relax.

amy said...

I too make sure that the beds are assembled and made first thing so when everyone is ready to drop, there's a nice place to do so.

But my other key moving thing is to have one "essentials" box. It has stuff for shower/ bath taking (including towels!), toilet paper, a bowl, flatware and cups for everyone & other person-specific essentials for the first night/ day in the new place. That way there's no digging through a bunch of boxes trying to find stuff when you're already tired.

Astrid said...

Haha, I always leave making the bed for a few hours-- that way I HAVE to get more done before sleeping :)

emma lamb said...

I have moved around this city a few times and the first thing I always unpack is the kettle and t-pot for a brew... :)
Getting the bed made is always second on the list for me and my Man likes to get the TV sorted as quickly as possible... !
Leaving a room free of boxes is a great tip too... ! When we moved into our current place I crammed as much as possible into the room that is now my studio and closed the door. We just kept out the essentials for the first few nights while we cleaned the place from top to bottom. It was so much easier that way and we just unpacked as we needed things... :)
Emma, x

The Belvedere said...

I have moved 5 times in the past 5 years, so by now i'm a pro mover (or at least i should be). My mother always says unload your bedding (which you already know), and unload your bathroom right away. This makes it easy to get cleaned up and rest easily at the end of those long sweaty moving days!

SaylorMade said...

We moved a fair amount as well and our last one was across the country with two small kids -- definitely our largest move. Our best tips/tricks are:

1) Keep an 'open first box', clearly marked, which has things you'll need right away. In our case it was the coffee maker, coffee beans!, toilet paper, certain toys for the kids, garbage bags, kleenex, etc.

2) label boxes on the top and side. You never know which way you'll stack them and it makes it easier to figure out what's inside.

3) We picked up large rolls of unprinted newsprint from the local newspaper. For a few $$ deposit, they gave us the end roll and we received our money back when we returned the empty spool. Saves getting a ton of black ink all over your hands by using printed newspaper.

Lex said...

Your kitchen will take FOR-EVER! Hit it like a hurricane!

Sara said...

I must be nuts, because I always packed my books first, then unpacked them first ... I think I just found it soothing and productive.

Sarah Buttenwieser said...

on those hard plastic animals: totally agreed.

D H Munson said...

I usually stuff as much into the car as I can in the dead of night and then make the fuse really long so that the place is consumed in fame by the time I'm long gone..

Janee Lookerse said...

When I move I have a system for writing on the boxes. I write the room it is going to and also number the boxes. Then I make a master sheet with what is in each numbered box so if I need to get to something quickly I can. It's totally neurotic. Thanks mom.

xoxo
Janee

Poppy K said...

Label boxes on ALL sides - mine always seemed to get stacked with the writing facing the wall so I learned the hard way that it's better to take the extra time and write on all sides of the box.

sécia said...

What a great idea to make the bed first! I always manage to make it last and then am kicking myself at 2AM when it's time to sleep and nothing is done in the bedroom! Good luck and congratulations again!

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Miss Ripley said...

I'm with Rachael. I unpack my bedding and make my bed, then do the kitchen. That way I know I can eat and sleep. The rest can wait if needed :)

jenny said...

Ditto on making the bed first. The last time we moved, we had two little ones AND I was pregnant. Call me crazy, but we did lots of middle-of-the-night loading the moving van while the kids were sleeping. We were lucky that the previous owners let us move our boxes over a couple of days before the house was officially ours (they were already moved out and living in their new home).

Another good thing is to pack a box of snacks and paper plates for the kiddos and yourself. Who wants to do dishes while moving and unpacking?? Make sure you bring a cookie sheet to cook that frozen pizza you picked up at the store on the way over!! :o)

Salty Lemons said...

This sounds tedious but it works. I only write my name and a number on the outside of the box. I then itemize every single item I've packed on a list.

It takes more time on the front end, but saves massive amounts of time and reduces frustration when unpacking. There is inevitably one item that you really need and then have to open multiple/all boxes to find it.

It makes unpacking more efficient and organized. Good luck!

Joslyn said...

I agree with Laura...I completley set up one room, that way no matter how out of sorts the rest of the house is, I have a sane place to retreat too.

oh and I think I love our Schleich animals more than my kids do too ;-)

Holly said...

Keeping the coffee pot and some dishes handy. And just resign yourself to ordering pizza and getting take-out for a few days.

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