Moving Tip #2

Last month I introduced moving tip number 1: start early. Today I am introducing moving tip number 2: Keep items in containers you already use. This is a great one for moving back and forth between home and college!


When packing, think about those items you already have storage bins for. This can be plastic tubs or those fabric bins. Just load those into the moving van or car as they are. To keep things from falling out, just go over the top a few times with plastic wrap. Plastic wrap is a mover’s best friend. This way, when you get to your new place, you can just unwrap the bin and put it where it goes right away, ready for use.


Clothes can easily be packed in this manner. If you are taking your furniture with you, pull the full drawers out of the dresser and then put the empty dresser on the truck. You can then load the clothing filled drawers back into the dresser. To keep the drawers from shifting, either plastic wrap the whole dresser, or place a similarly size piece of furniture up against the dresser to keep things from shifting. Once you arrive at your new home, unwrap the dresser and move drawers inside, followed by the dresser. Viola’, all your clothes are where they need to be!


You can similarly move your hanging items. Leaving clothes on the hangers, from the bottom of the garments, pull a trash bag over the clothes to keep them clean. Tie the bag near the top. Lay the hanging clothes on top of larger items you have in the truck or car. Once you are at the new house, simply hang the clothes and remove the trash bag!


I hope this tip has made packing and unpacking for your move a little easier. If you need help packing up, let me know! This is also a great time to declutter. Don’t bring the clutter to your new home.


Peace and Love,

Jessie

Top Three Packing Tips

It’s good to be back home and back to work after basically living out of a suitcase the past month. It has been a crazy few weeks as my husband, Joel, and I have been working what I am lovingly referring to as “the wedding circuit.” We have had the joy of being a part of the weddings of three sets of close friends in April and May, all of which a 4+ hour drive away. Needless to say, we have lots of time to catch up as husband and wife, and lots of reading time. We also got really good at packing.

 

With that, I give you my top three rules of packing:

 

  1. Take what you need--and only what you need. (Yes, I am borrowing a line from Joel’s band, Driskill’s song. Check them out on Spotify!) A list is your best friend. Before you start frantically throwing items into your bag, make sure you are remembering the things you definitely need, such as your phone charger and glasses. Take into account the events you know will take place, such as a hiking trip, or a cocktail party and make sure you have packed appropriately. You can always pick up toothpaste at the drugstore, but forgetting your most comfortable pair of dancing shoes could prove very uncomfortable.

  2. Pack versatile items; pack minimally. I try to pick items that mix and match well, knowing that I can be a bit indecisively when choosing what to pack. If I have some neutral tops and jacket that goes well for all occasions, I save a ton of space in my bag. I have a gray t-shirt dress that is perfect for hanging out downtown for some shopping, but is easily dressed up with a pair of wedge sandals and jewelry for a date.

  3. Don’t forget downtime! The biggest mistake I ever make is forgetting that I will have free time. I like to pack a book for those long car rides, or mornings when I get up before everyone else in the house.

All that being said, it was good to be back home! I’m ready to get back to organizing!

 

Peace and love,

Jessie