Friday, August 5, 2011
As our closing date for our new house is approaching, I've come to realize something a little startling: We have no idea how to pack.
I mean, sure. Throw things in a box, throw crap in the car/van/truck, take it to new house. It doesn't sound complicated, which is probably why I've never really put much thought into it before. But now that it is upon us, we don't really know where to start. It's one of those things that is so overwhelming, it's paralyzing.
I think back to all of the times that we've moved--to/from college four years in a row. And, well, when we moved into this condo six years ago. All of those times, we weren't moving much, since we were really only moving ONE ROOM worth of stuff for each of us.
Six years later, we've accumulated all of the things that make a place a true home. A couch, dishes, kitchen gadgets and appliances, dining room furniture, TV stand with large flat-screen TV, a whole set of baby furniture, tools, bikes, and it goes on and on and on. Needless to say, it's a bit more complicated this time around.
I'm left wondering how far in advance we should be packing things up. What we should pack up first. What we should leave for last minute on moving day. What size U-Haul we should reserve. How we protect big things (dining room table and chairs, for instance) from getting damaged. I'm thinking there should probably be a plan in place. If we wing it, I'm afraid the move will take FOREVER.
How does this work? Is there a proven method to this madness?