It’s just across town, mind you, and I don’t have a ton of stuff. But still…it’s the first time I’ve moved in 25 years.
Here’s what I’ve discovered while packing up:
I’m more sentimental than I realized. I’ve kept love letters, photographs, first grade drawings and college papers.
Drawers and cupboards hide a zillion things I’d forgotten about and lost. Recipes. Missing glasses. Broken clips for closing bags of chips. My daughter’s old barrettes.
I have an alarming amount of important-looking papers that probably belong in some kind of filing cabinet. Or storage unit.
I own a LOT of books. (No surprise there.)
And a very hard truth: I’m bad at packing. Actually, that’s not true. I’m very bad at packing.
My method involves putting whatever is in a given room in a box. And occasionally labeling the boxes. I anticipate a game of I-wonder-what’s-in-here after I’ve arrived at the new place.
As I survey the detritus of my preparations, it’s clear that I need to up my packing and moving game. Like, a lot.
So I’d like to hear from you. What are your favorite moving tips? Other than changing my method, that is.