The past few months I have shared with you that my husband and I were planning to move out of state for a new job opportunity. We finally made that move from Kentucky to the Knoxville, Tennessee area…and I survived.
As with any move this one was especially stressful. In the past I have moved several times, but usually just across town, not to a different state. I would gradually move our belongings, taking a car load every day to our new home. This time we were not able to do that. I feel like I used so many more boxes to pack our stuff than I did in the past. Plus this time was more stressful because I had to do most of the packing myself. My husband had already started working in Knoxville at the beginning of September so he was gone Sunday through Friday. I also worked a crazy schedule at work and my days off did not coincide with his days off so we really couldn’t work together on packing our things. Another stressful factor in this move was that part of our belongings had to go into storage and part of them, just the basics had to go with us to Knoxville. We are living in temporary housing for now, basically a studio apartment in the basement of a house, while I search for a job and we look for more permanent housing.
Finally the day of our move arrived, but our help didn’t. My husband had some “friends” of his lined up to help us move out of our house, but these “friends” didn’t show up. We finally tracked down one guy who was able to help my husband move our furniture out, and we took care of moving the rest of our belongings ourself.
There were several things that I did to help keep our things organized and keep myself sane during this moved.
1. Label every box!
It’s a good idea to label the sides of the boxes rather than the top so that you can see what’s in the box when they are stacked on top of each other.
2. Hanging clothes were packed, still on the hangers.
I used this trick from I Heart Naptime. I separated my clothes by pants/shirts/dresses/coats. I then ripped a small hole in the bottom of a trash bag and pulled the clothes hangers through the hole. I then tied up the bottom of the bag so that if the clothes did fall off the hangers they wouldn’t fall out of the bag.
3. Pack one room at a time.
I started backing in our guest bedroom which was also my sewing/craft room. I packed that room up and then we were able to stack boxes in there that were packed up from other rooms of the house.
4. Designate what room each box will need to go to in your new home.
For me, part of our things were going to storage, so I labeled each box “GO” or “STORAGE”.
5. Pack heavy and fragile items in small boxes.
This helps keep your fragile items from getting broken and also keeps the boxes from being so heavy.