Summer is a mere week away and though the thought of residing beachside may sound exciting, the process of making it there is not nearly as fun. Personally, I'd rather stab rusty needles in my eyes than pack. When it comes to travel I won't pack a suitcase until I absolutely have to; usually a few hours before the flight is due to depart. And when it comes to the summer move, I will find every possible excuse to procrastinate. Ninety percent of the time I'll throw things in bags and pray they make it to Jersey in one piece. There are often hanging garments sticking out of my passenger door. My rear view is completely obstructed. Freezer goods are melting in the backseat. I am the world's WORST mover. And yet I am writing a piece on how to move properly. Thankfully I've got friends in high places. LMO to the rescue yet again. She so kindly took the time to give me some serious tips on how to have a seamless and anxiety free move and I think you'll find them very useful.
First off, take everything out of your closet and put it on your bed. Now you are forced to finish or you cannot go to sleep.
Be selective. You don't need to take everything. If you haven't worn that ratty beach dress in two years DUMP IT. Stop giving yourself excess to carry back and forth. As per shoes, you don't need stilettos. The staff at Vic's is just looking at you funny.
LMO highly suggests packing hanging clothes in wardrobes. It makes unpacking a dream and you aren't left with a messy pile of tangled clothes on hangers sliding around your car or truck.
As for your folded clothes, keep them neatly stacked and stored in clear Tupperware boxes. You can assume that each family member will need two of them and because everything will be folded inside it will once again make for easy unpacking.
The best way to pack shoes are in Chinese printed bags.
If the place you are moving into doesn't have much storage for shoes, keep in mind that shoe boxes can be neatly stacked outside of your closet and double as storage.
If you are traveling with a child, choose ONE multipurpose stroller. Your moms living room is not the stroller parking at Disneyland. Pick one that will work well on nice walks and that will fold compactly in your car. Limit yourself to only a few toys. Your children will be outside, in the pool, or on the beach. Less is more!
Moving on to the kitchen. Plan your final menus a week in advance. Do your best to cook according to what you want to get rid of in your pantry. Leave nothing aside from canned goods and remember your spices will store nicely in the freezer.
Finally, keep in mind that organized packing means organized moving. Here is what LMO's truck looked like earlier today:
Wishing you all an effortless move. Here's to an amazing summer!