I have a lot of stuff…

It’s amazing how much “stuff” you can accumulate over the years of marriage, not to mention when kids enter the world and…I don’t think I’m an accumulator! I am systematically packing everything we own so, here’s my plan of attack:

FIND A RENTER

-Depending on which person we get to rent our town home we’re probably be moving out at the end of this month or the middle of next month.

-We close on September 26th but, if we don’t have a renter we’ll be staying here until the new house is re-painted and carpeted. (It’s going to be so pretty!) On the other hand, if we get a renter that needs to be in sooner, I could be packing everything into a pod and moving in with friends until our new house is done. It sounds painful but thankfully people love us enough to endure our company for 2-3 weeks while we’re in transition.

PACK

I have so many emotions. I lay awake at night thinking/picturing our life in our home and then I snap back to reality and think about everything I have to do before I get there. So far, I’m going through every room and packing up anything we won’t need for the next month. Any tips on packing, moving, renting etc? I’ll open to any pointers to make my life easier!

WORK

I’m a little over whelmed but plugging away every day on photography projects. I got my list and I love crossing things off of it!

KIDS

I’m trying not to get down about how I need to do a ton and that means less one on one time with Adriah. I make sure we have quality time every day but I’ll be happy when things slow down again.

Leyton is quite possibly the easiest, happiest baby ever. He’s a dream! So, I’m loving having an almost five month old in a wonderful schedule!

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Hannah - September 9, 2008 - 3:48 pm

Let me know if you need help packing. (I actually really enjoy helping people pack and unpack!)
Colour-code your new house’s rooms (using coloured index cards–it’s faster than cutting up pieces of paper). Fill a shoebox with tape, marker/pen, index cards and keep it nearby when packing. That way you don’t waste time looking for these items when you’re ready to close up a box. List boxes’ contents on card and then securely tape it to the top of the box. This way you don’t have to mark which room the box goes to and you know what’s inside it. At the new house, put spare index cards on the doors so movers know where to put boxes. (You could also make a master list by the entrance, stairs, etc, so movers aren’t going room-to-room.)

Jackie - September 9, 2008 - 7:22 pm

After 6 moves in 13 years, the thing I finally learned on the last move (and will definitely use on the next one!) is to have one big room, space, garage, whatever where you put almost everything, every box at the new house. Then, as you bring it in, you can put it where it goes without having a box full of rooms full of boxes. If you label each box by room, you can organize the room/space/garage by room in the house and do one room at a time (or focus on one area at a time). Happy moving! It will be great! 🙂

Melissa G. - September 10, 2008 - 12:24 pm

Hi-
I LOVE to pack…I know it sounds crazy. I would help if you need it…just let me know! But, the tip I have used in the past, is to label everything and to get the same size boxes at U-haul. I know you have to buy them, but it actually helps when moving them…they are all the same size and work well packing them in a truck. I print out labels for each box, with the room name on it and maybe what it is. An easy way to pack sheets, blankets, towels, etc is in big garbage bags and then label them too.

I hope that helps!
Melissa

Amber Kmoch - September 11, 2008 - 7:46 am

Hi Noemi,
I’ve written on here before a few times, and although I’ve never met you in person, I know we are both connected in Christ, and I love reading your blog – learning about photography, your children, etc. My husband and I live in north Iowa, and we just had an accepted offer on a house last week (our first home – yay!). I am feeling the same as you – I can’t fall asleep at night because I’m thinking about decorating and unpacking our new home! (things I love to do – but I don’t like sleep deprivation because I’m thinking about those things too much!). Then, I remind myself I have so many little things to do before then….Ahh! So…although I don’t have children to pack up and worry about too or finding a renter for my townhome (as you do), I do feel your pain and excitement about moving into a HOUSE! Best of luck to you!!

Shannon - September 14, 2008 - 12:25 am

Just a little packing tip… Pack your breakable dishes in between disposable foam plates. They won’t break, and when you unpack you just separate the disposable plates from your breakable plates, and use the disposable ones to eat on until you are ready to do dishes. We have made some long moves and never broken a dish using this tip. You also avoid the messy newspaper.

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