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My New Life as a Minimalist

23 Jul

Just kidding.  There is something about packing to move that makes me want to call it quits and just start over though.  I’ve know that I am moving since about April, and I’ve tried to go about it in a logical and organized way, but let’s be real.  It’s way more fun to hang out with friends than to price out different moving box options.  Having had bad and disorganized experiences before, I vowed that this time would be different.  With just a little bit of time and planning, I’ve managed to save myself most of the stress, I think (although moving day isn’t here yet, and there are still plenty of things that could go wrong).  All in all, there is still just a lot of stuff!!

The monster pile in the corner of my living room that’s growing slowly as I get more things boxed up.

Anyone who knows me well won’t be surprised by the fact that I’ve been googling some variation of the phrase “how to organize a move” for the last three months or so.  Here are the best tips and ideas I found that might be helpful for anyone else planning to move soon:

  1. Be RUTHLESS!!!  Long before I actually needed to pack things up, I went through my closet, shoe rack and bookshelves, trashing or donating anything I don’t absolutely need, use often, or love. It means there is way less to deal with now, which is certainly a good thing!
  2. Buy boxes in bulk:  I found the best kit for my needs on Overstock.com ; they had a packing kit with 20 boxes, some paper and bubble wrap for $45, which is better than a lot of other places I had looked.  Also, when the kit arrived, it included a permanent marker and a box cutter:  bonus!!
  3. MarthaStewart.com  shows you how to cut handles in plain cardboard boxes that don’t have any.  An inverted triangle is supposed to be the best because it won’t compromise the integrity of the box too much, and makes it way easier to pick up.
  4. The final tip that sounds like a great idea to me is the idea of a Pack Last, Open First Box.  This is all the stuff you’ll need for your first 24 hours in the new place.  Obviously, I’m not there yet so I can’t tell you how convenient it is, but having it planned out in advance makes me feel like I’ll be less lost in a sea of boxes when I arrive.  Also, I love a good list, and so I used the handy tool at PrintableChecklist.org  to come up with a checklist for said box.  There is something so satisfying about taking a big black marker to an actual paper list.  After reading a few variations online, I compiled the items I liked best into the one that works for me.  If you want to use my checklist, here it is:  Pack Last Open First Checklist.

Hopefully some of that will be helpful for someone else, too.  Is there anything else you can think of that I forgot to mention?

Moving day is only three days away, so it’s time for me to get back to work!

-Kathleen

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Moving

 

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2 responses to “My New Life as a Minimalist

  1. Joe Smith

    July 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Get some free boxes from a friend that works at a retail store (ie: Gap, Banana Republic).

     
    • harderthanitseems

      July 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      That’s definitely a great one that I forgot to mention. Also, I got a bunch of boxes that were used to hold reams of computer paper; they’re sturdy and they already have pre-punched handles.

       

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