I have mentioned previously that my posts will be a bit sparse as I am totally immersed
in packing up the house.
The more I pack, the more there is to pack!
I do most of the packing. My hubby takes care of the garage and attic and his office.
Which is quite an undertaking. He is making many trips back and forth to the rental.
I have packed up for so many moves . . . Building the new house will be our 7th house.
We plan on this house being our last one till the Assisted Living home!!
But, you just never know!
For many of those house moves, we have had to move twice
into a rental until the house was built.
The above have been by my side for over a week!
In all of the moves, I cannot remember anything breaking that I packed.
The only thing that broke in my recollection is a punch bowl cup
that slid off the island, as I was unpacking it.
So today, from a suggestion of a friend I will give you
some of my packing up the house tips.
I find it best that I place all my items needed for packing contained in a basket.
I also include the jar of spackle to plug the holes from picture hangers.
Take down a painting, fill in the hole.
But first things first, you need something pretty that will make you smile
while you are doing this not so fun task. I chose hydrangeas from my yard.
When we lived in Florida, we had a friend who owned a moving company
and I was able to not only get a great price on moving, but also on supplies;
however, here, I had to resort to buying boxes
and packing paper from the Big Box stores.
I get boxes from one store as I prefer them and packing paper from the other
as I prefer their packing paper.
You probably noticed that there is a box of storage bags in the basket.
When I pack small items that “go together” rather than wrapping them
and placing them in the box, I group them together and place them in the bag.
We will be doing lots of “un boxed transport” making trips from this house
to the rental house which is about 10 miles away.
So placing loose items in a bag from a drawer, transporting
them directly to the house (in a basket) and placing them directly into another drawer
such as a kitchen drawer is what I will be doing. The use of my large vintage
wicker baskets will come in handy.
We have already rented a house (it’s 5,000 square feet so no need for storage units)
so that we can move things in over a few weeks time
and then have the movers move the large pieces of furniture at the last minute.
Other than the tape gun, the desk tape dispenser is my friend lately.
When I wrap an item, I tape it to secure the paper to the item.
That way it goes in very neatly into the box that is lined on all sides,
bottom, sides, and top with packing paper . . . to cushion the box
so that no item touches the sides of the box.
By the way, I have a large box by the island, which is now my packing station,
that I use to place the box in which I am packing on.
This way, I do not have to bend over to place things in the box. Easy on your back!
In the above box are plates. Never place plates flat in the box. Place them on their side
that way they are less apt to break. That applies to any item, such as
glassware, frames, etc.
Heavy items on the bottom and if there is room to add more items, then place a
good layers of crumpled wrapping paper to buffer/separate the items
on the bottom and top layers.
For example, the bottom layer of this box had the plates and the top layer
I placed wrapped tea cups . . . then crumpled up more paper to buffer them
from the lid of the box. . . . I must say I use a lot of paper!
My hubby is always making paper and box runs for me!
Description of the contents on the top of the box
and I also write on the side of the box what is generally in it.
With the instruction of “STORE” which means the boxes will be placed
in a designated room for boxes that I will not unpack until the new house.
Then there is “UNPACK” which means, unpack at the rental as I will need it!
Which now leaves “ACCESS” . . . Those are items I may need, like seasonal items
and decorative items that I may want to use during the “rental year”
The furniture will have different color post-its on them and each room
in the rental house will have a coordinating colored placard as a guide
for the movers on the door.
It has been very hectic around here. My hubby works many hours and travels
and every spare moment he has he is helping me, coordinating with utilities
and other vendors, packing and making runs to the donation center.
But this too shall will pass, and it will all get done.
We may need a huge vacation after all of this!!!
In the meantime . . . I want to tell you about a GIVEAWAY
that is associated with Tree Classic Patriotic Fridays campaign.
This Giveaway will begin on Friday, June 23rd and winners will be announced
on July 4th, our Nation’s Birthday.
I will have complete details on this coming Friday’s post, June 23rd.
So stay tuned . . . and in the meantime, my friend Mary always tells me,
“STAY CALM AND PACK ON” !!!! I’m trying!!
Have a a most beautiful day!!