It seems as if overnight, my home has turned into boxes and bubble wrap. It amazes me how unorganized things can look when you’re in the process of moving, no matter how hard you try to stay organized. I guess that’s why it’s called an organized mess-thank goodness for packing hacks to make life easier!
For the past couple of days, I’ve worked on packing up the kitchen and breakables. When E was here last weekend, he started dismantling items and unscrewing pictures hanging on the wall. All the walls are empty and cabinets are becoming bare! Since I’m moving next week, I’ve packed all of my dishes, glasses, and silverware, and am living a life of plastic ware. I haven’t lived off of plastic since my college days, but a few days won’t kill me! If the days continue to fly by as they have, those few days are going to seem like a few hours.
Today I thought I’d share 5 packing hacking hacks that are super helpful in the midst of all this packing and moving craziness!
Use your soft items for protection
We have a lot of glass items. I enjoy vases, candleholders, and different drinking glasses. Because of this, we have several boxes of breakables, not to include your typical dishes and bakeware.
Of course, all items are not going to fit into the boxes perfectly. In this box below with a few vases, there are holes and places that don’t have anything to take up that space. Something needs to take up that empty space and that’s where your soft items come in! For this box, I’m using pillows. Glass is heavy and you don’t want to add more heavy items to an already heavy box. Pillows are light, flexible, and you can squeeze, and push them into the smallest spots.
No matter what you are packing, but especially glass, you do not want to leave a lot of empty room. Empty room means what you have in the box has plenty of room to move and if it’s glass, you don’t want your breakables moving all over the place. If they do, you will most likely be very unhappy when you unpack the box because of the items that have broken.
Labels are your friend
The Home Depot boxes we have are great. They have these nice lines for writing what is in the box. For me, that doesn’t work. I need it to be big and obvious and so I grab a blank, white sheet of paper and a Sharpie to write the contents of the box. See how much easier it is to quickly glance at the box and see what’s in it?
Pack for right now
When we arrive in Raleigh and unpack everything, it’s going to be a bit chaotic, understandably so because even though boxes will be placed in their correct room, we will still have to look at the label on each box to see what it contains.
I’m packing a few boxes, which I like to call, “right now” boxes so I can have the items I need right now and right away. The items in these boxes are what I use every day and can’t afford to spend a lot of time looking for them.
Decide what’s important to you and what you will need right away and right now. For me, this would include:
- MacBook Pro
- DSLR camera
- 2nd Monitor
- Props for my blog pictures
Make sure you do something to make sure these boxes are obvious. For me, I used red duct tape. Every box that has red duct tape on it is a “right now” box. All suitcases are my “right now” clothes.
If I’m looking at these boxes, I know right way that the bottom 2 boxes are important. I don’t have to guess, I don’t have to dig. Easy peasy!
Keep your earrings organized
Another weakness of mine is jewelry, especially earrings. I’m going to blame this on my mother. I know yesterday was Mother’s Day, but don’t judge me. When we were growing up, if we were leaving and we didn’t have on earrings, the first thing out of her mouth was, “Where are your ear bobs?” We’d have to go back into the house and put on earrings. Because of this, as an adult, I’ve been pre-conditioned to always wear earrings. If I’m going to wear them, I have to have a variety so I buy a lot!
I’ve got a standing jewelry box, but when we move, I don’t want mass chaos when we bring it inside and so I purchased some bead craft organizers. These worked out wonderfully to hold my earrings and depending on the size of your earrings, you can place 1 or 2 pairs in each slot.
Keep track of your screws
This is E’s smart idea. I had a wall of shoes. My heeled shoes were hanging on bars I purchased from Ikea. Let me tell ya, waking up every morning and going to sleep every night to a wall of shoes put a smile on my face and helped me to decide what I would wear the next day or that morning.
After E took the bars down, he wrapped them with tape. Each bar had 2 screws and to prevent us from losing them, he put them in clear, reusable bags and taped the bag to the bars. Now we don’t have to worry about losing the screws and going to the store to try to figure out which screw will work.
You probably noticed the bags with the screws are taped with red duct tape. No, the bars are not a part of the “right now” category, but in E’s defense, I didn’t let him know about my red duct tape system and he grabbed the closest tape to him.
While packing can bring disorganization (which I’m not used to), it also means newness is coming and that my friend is a great thing!
Let’s raise our glasses of iced tea to something new and new beginnings!
What packing hacks have you used?