Five Favorites: Favorite ways to get organized
For those who know me, know that I have moved around A LOT. I have had many homes for the last 22 years of my existence. While some people dream of traveling the world, I dream about settling down. Even in college, where you would think my life would "settle" down for 4 years I went through 5 homes!
Homesickness is something that I could never relate too, nor did I or do I have attachment issues with homes, momentous etc. I do however, because of this have awesome organizational skills. In todays segment, I will share my Five Favorite ways to organize one self for a move.. to a new home, back to school, or in my case to a different state.
1. Start EarlyI start packing as soon as I find out a move is in place, yes, in some cases a year early. In other cases it has been only a week in advanced. Life throws curve balls. I have always been in school or working throughout my years of moves, I just packed when I could. I found that if I did it little by little, I was more organized, and less stressed.
2. Gather Materials
3. Make a List/Label Everything
For example " KITCHEN: TALL GLASSES, DELICATE". This way when you are moving, and especially if you have help during your move, there is no stalling time of " what is in this box?"or people not being cautious with glassware etc.
4. Less Important Things FirstDepending on your situation and how much time you have this may or may not apply. As a self proclaimed master of moving I like to start with things that are less important first. My packing usually goes like this...
- Not seasonal clothing
As mentioned this list varies for everyone. I usually have all of my clothing packed a week before and just leave a set of clothes for the week and a bag for laundry. I also designate a room or a space in a room for all my boxes, this way I can still keep the rest of my house/dorm/cubicle clean and have a growing space of packed items.
4. Throw Away/Donate Items
5. Down to the basic...basics.
At this point I usually leave one pair of shoes that will match all of my outfits, a meal that can primarily be made in a pan, little if any make up as well as hair grooming items. I do this because the day before and the day of the move I know will be chaotic and I am in charge. I don't want to worry about forgetting my favorite pair of shoes, or my expensive mascara. I want to wake up, put on a comfy, lady like outfit, simple hair, simple make up, eat a protein breakfast, and get my crew going. There is no time for " oh that one more thing". This causes things to not be in their labeled box and causes unnecessary stress.
This is how I pack to keep my sanity, still be able to work a full time job, go to school, and have me time. This may not work for you :-) or the person next to you.
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