How is packing going?

I’ve been posting a bunch about the new house.  I’ve been posting about the summer.  I didn’t know people were actually interested in my packing progress but I got a few questions so why not!  Here is a packing post.

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looks worse before it looks better… how 3 kids pack

Lets set the scene; This house has 5 people in it full time and a small dog.  3 children who require feeding and activities and a husband who is working full time so while his body is in the building, he is not available for help in general.  He does take them to Jujitsu for 2 hours 2x a week so that is ‘my time’ and I’m using it to pack these days.

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what a helpful dog!

We also have the VERY good fortune of being able to live here until late July and our new house will be done in early Aug so we are going to go live in a tent for a week.  That means that I can’t quite put the packing machine if full swing or we will be 5 people in an empty house for longer than necessary.

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is it too early to pack the kids?

Since we have 3 weeks between needing to be out of this house and can be in the new one, we are getting a storage container that will live on our new land until we can unpack.  Not the traditional ‘put it in a truck’ but more in line with how cross country/military movers take your stuff and you follow, but, you are without your household goods for a week or 2 while it is in transit.

Method

My military sister had great tips.

  1. clear out a room 100%.  In that room put what you DO NOT want packed.  For us that is the stuff we need for about 2 weeks on vacation.
  2. Zone/type pack.  I did shoes yesterday as a ‘type pack’ and the day before I did ‘guest room’ as zone pack.

Who’s helping? I am involving the kids rather than trying to do it around them.  They have a 1 box a day goal and they are surprising me by what they are willing to put away for 2 months.

Keep/donate/toss; I’m sure you can guess, not everything is making the move, every packing project starts with a trash bag and a donate bag.

Tools; Packing would be 2x faster if my tape gun and sharpie had locator tags, I lose them constantly…  I’m trying to be better by using a plastic bin as my ‘toolbox’ and it holds the labels, marker and tape gun.  Even if I just put them there at the end of a packing session I’m better off then if they get left ‘somewhere’.

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building a box wall – that white tray on top is my ‘toolbox’

Timeline

June; In order to not pack everyone up too early, we are going to visit my family in NY for 10 days – leaving this Friday and coming back the last week of June.  We have started though….

July;

Week 1 and 2 – more general packing and enjoying the holiday etc

Week 3 – disassembly of things that can disassemble – container arrives on July 20

Week 4 – Monday; movers for all the big things  Tuesday; we finish what is left.  Wednesday beds and last bits into the container and it goes away via big truck, we move in with friends for 2 nights.  Thursday clean the empty house.  Friday close/go on vacation.

I tried to make the timeline to suit our life and keeping it as ‘normal’ as possible and we actually have a really long time to get the work done.  That can be a positive or a negative because I can’t just wholesale pack until the very end.   For the last 2 weeks the kids will be in all day camps so we can focus.  I need to build in a few nice things for a date night but the fine details can happen as they happen.

I probably won’t bore the world with another ‘how I’m packing’ post but who knows what will pop up on Instagram on the subject.  There is something satisfying about a totally empty closet or the box wall growing.

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