I had some kind of brain fart last week and totally forgot it was Monday when I made my post. So we’re back to Efficiency 101 this week (even though it’s the 4th of July). Today I want to talk about something that isn’t an every day occurrence but one that plagues everyone who has to do it.
Regardless of whether you have months or weeks to prepare for moving, it’s a great big pain in the patootie. It’s stressful and difficult, and for many people, incredibly overwhelming. As I write this, I am preparing for my fifteenth move, so I’ve learned a few things about how to make the process…well I can’t say totally painless, but LESS painless. This is probably what I’ll be talking about in Efficiency 101 for the next few weeks, considering that’s what’s going on in my life.
I think the first time I moved with my husband (who lived the same place all his life until he married me) was the first time I realized that not everyone had moved a lot and not everyone knew how to approach packing. I figured this out about the time I walked in on him still standing in the middle of a room, wondering where to begin. This is not a prospect of just throwing everything you own in boxes and hoping it turns out okay on the other end. That way lies madness.
I approach moving like I approach almost everything else–with a list.
C’mon, it’s me. You knew that was coming.
Am I going to suggest you list everything you own and organize it on paper before you start trying to box it up? No. I AM going to suggest that you make a list of every room and closet in your house and then subdivide it by the things/areas that need packing. For example, my living room has built in book cases that are loaded with accessories. There’s also the entertainment center, pictures on the walls, and other assorted decorative stuff. So this list would go something like this:
- Entertainment center components
- Media (DVDs, video games, etc.)
I’m going through and doing this for my entire house because it gives me a discrete list of steps I can take as I go through and pack up the house. Which I can CROSS OFF as I complete them. And guess what? Same information goes on the box so that I know where it needs to go in the NEXT house.
Next week, I’ll be talking about whether you really need that…