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Nick Abbadessa

Packing for a Move Without Being Overwhelmed

Packing for a move
Describing packing for a move as “overwhelming” can be an understatement for many. The nooks, crannies, junk drawers, let alone the kids’ toys, kitchen, oh my. Where does one start?

Begin by taking a deep breath and looking at packing as an opportunity for a fresh start. Every spring, the majority of us want to look up and down every corner of our homes and keep what we need, eliminate what we don’t, and clean and organize every inch of our space. Yet, many only touch the surface. Packing for a move, on the other hand, requires you to truly filter your belongings. Understanding this, allows you to change you perspective. In turn, change your perspective can reduce a lot of the anxiety and stress you may be facing.

Second, don’t look at packing as “packing an entire house.” Rather, appreciate the famous saying, “The best way to achieve big goals is to take small steps.” Accordingly, focus on one spot of your home at a time. Ideally, you should begin packing early so you don’t have to rush.

But I get it, life and work become busy and it’s easy to put things off to the last minute. Nonetheless, continue to focus on one area at a time. Perhaps start with a drawer in your dresser, the cabinet under your bathroom sink, the toy box, or the one closet that stores all your misc items.

As you focus on each area, consider author, Marie Kondo’s suggestion, “The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming NOW, not for the person we were in the past…surround yourself with possessions that spark joy [and] you’ll create a home and a life you love.”

Accordingly, before you pack each item into your moving box, consider if it brings you joy and value. If it doesn’t, then either donate, toss, or sell the item off. It’s that simple…in fact, keep it simple. If it doesn’t bring you happiness, then don’t bring it with you to your new home. If you’re worried about needing it for some reason in the future, then think when was the last time you used the item. Have you touched it in the last six months? Are you going to use it the near future? Can you replace it if you toss it? Most of the time, you haven’t used it, nor do you know when you’re going to use it. You’re just holding onto it out of fear of letting go. But, let it go and I’m sure you can find a replacement if you ever come across the need for it.

As you pack these boxes up, begin packing for each member of your family a duffle bag with the essentials and three to four days worth of clothes (i.e. clothing, toiletries, favorite toy, chargers, etc..). For many, moving day is exhausting. Therefore, rather than worry about finding your toothbrush and phone charger the first night in your new home, move in and relax. Everything you need for the next couple of days is in your duffle bag. Get some rest and start wide eyed and bushy tail the next day to unpack at your leisure.

That said, pack one duffle bag/box with immediate household items too (i.e. toilet paper, sheets, and towels).

In respect to the physical packing, here are a few hacks to make unpacking a breeze:

1) Keep your clothes on hangers and place them in a garbage bag for easy transfer.
2) Wrap breakable dishware in t-shirts to save on bubble wrap and protect your fragile items.
3) Cover all bottles with liquids (i.e. shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies, etc…) with plastic wrap to prevent leakage.
4) Rather than write on each box where things go, color code them. Color coded stickers tend to work the best.
5) Place heavy items in suitcases. If you don’t have suitcases, then a general rule of thumb is to place heavier items in smaller boxes.
6) Place essential appliances (i.e. coffee maker, blender, etc…) in a laundry basket so you can easily place them on your counters when you arrive to your new home.
7) Cut triangles 1/3 down your boxes to create handles.
8) Pick-up some Ikea bags. They’re light weight, but tough. They’re great to carry clothes, linens, toys, etc…

There you have it. Hope these pointers will help reduce some of your anxiety, stress, and confusion about packing for the big moving day.

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Nick Abbadessa

Realtor, BA, Cert. Luxury Home Specialist

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RE/MAX Masters Realty

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