This week, I have continued my packing prep work.  We are still 4 weeks away from our move, but I really want to pack as much as possible now.  That way, when we close on the new house, my attention can focus to projects there.

IMG_3455Pack Non-Essentials

I focused a good bit on closets this week.  My winter clothes and shoes are now packed up.  JB’s dress up clothes and hats are now packed.  Next up will be our coat closet.

Since my house is in such disarray, I have no plans to throw a dinner party any time soon.  Because of this, we went ahead and packed all of my “fine” (aka Martha Stewart Living) china, platters, champagne flutes, and wine glasses.

IMG_3380Continue Decluttering

With the help of my organizer, we got half of my kitchen packed in an hour on Tuesday.  We whittled down vases (I dropped off six at Goodwill today), kitchen appliances (sayonara salad shooter), and packed muffin pans.  Of course, that evening, I needed to bake cupcakes.  I got creative and used my bundt pan (which should have probably been packed in lieu of the muffin tins).  

We also pulled out all of our casserole dishes, Pyrex, etc and I was able to do an inventory of what all is here.  This helped me realize that I could donate a few items that I’ve never used and free up some valuable moving box space.  It was really helpful to see it all at the same time to really get a sense of what we have.

IMG_3384Don’t forget to declutter under sinks.  If you are like me, you throw random things in sink cabinets to get it out of the way quickly.  I used this early packing time to organize cleaning supplies, toiletries, toss junk, and pack up anything that we won’t need soon.

Packing Tip: When a kitchen cabinet is empty, put blue painter’s tape on the knob.  This will prevent you from going crazy checking cabinets 23 times each to be sure they are empty.

Pack wall artwork

This part was a bittersweet portion of moving prep this week.  I love our artwork and I feel like it makes our house a home.  But, I decided to go ahead and pack it up to save precious last minute packing time for essentials.  

Packing Tip:  I’m sort of obsessed with the 3M velcro strips that adhere to the wall and frame- which make for easy removal.  Then, when it’s time to re-hang, you just need one new strip to adhere to the current strip and press onto the wall.  As you remember, we are moving to our 4th home in 27 months, so easy artwork displaying and removal is key.

Command Picture Hanging Strips Value Pack, Medium, White, 12-Pairs (17204-12ES) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LW1APOC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_HxwCzb56D95XA

Good luck with your move!

learn, brooke

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