Prepping to Move- Part 3

Last week was my final packing push before we bought the house.  As predicted, since we have closed, I have been spending long days at the new house painting, cleaning, and shining things up.  I am very happy that so much moving prep has already been done, but living in a moving zone is slightly depressing.  Hopefully, in 4 weeks, I will be much happier about how much less I have to pack and it will make up for living in a half decorated/boxed up house! 

Packing Liquor

I tackled my husband’s liquor cabinet.  This was quite a feat.  The man loves bourbon.  I figured he wouldn’t need ALL of it before we moved.  So, I managed to pack up 32 bottles and only this remains for him to “car carry” to the new house.

Packing the Coat Closet

I am slightly obsessed with these giant wardrobe boxes.  They have a bar in the top, so you can just hang your clothes directly into them.  No need to take off the hanger, fold, and box… only have to rehang once you move.  I got lucky and found these 4 boxes for $9 total from someone who recently moved!

Cleaning Out the Garage

Next up was cleaning out my garage storage area.  It was great because we were able to sort out all of our tools, paint supplies, and other things needed for the new house work.  We put them all together and I’ve been able to slowly bring them to new house as work has been done. Then, we consolidated other boxes and put it back in the storage area all prepped for the movers to move in a few weeks.  It felt good to go through all the stuff that we have just been storing for the last two years and remember what we have.  Plus, it saved a good bit of money on not buying supplies for new house since we already found/have them.

Cleaning Out the Medicine Cabinet

I went through all of our medicines and pulled out anything that has expired.  Then I separated out JB’s meds, adult meds, and the first aid supplies.  My organizer took the old medicine to be recycled appropriately.  It felt great to be able to see/access everything so much easier!

Organizing Jewelry

Everyone knows I have tons of diamonds and it can be overwhelming to organize.  NOT!  More like, I have lots of cheap, costume jewelry from Target that needs to be cleaned out every few years.  Plus, I wanted to go ahead and pack as much of it as I can.  

Organizing Memories

I realized I have been keeping JB’s photos and artwork all over the house.  We worked to put it together in one box.  Mentally, it feels much better to know where it all is being stored.  My memories also needed to be organized together and to remember what all I have.  

I have a wonderful box of my grandparent’s UGA memories from them going to all the football games in the 70’s and 80’s.  Their tailgate group was even featured on the front page of the Athens Banner Herald!  It was fun to look through those memories!

What I am learning through this process…

I am self motivated to do a good bit of this cleaning out and packing.  But, the things that I have continually back burnered and that cause me to want to crawl in a hole… I have recruited my organizer’s help for those projects.  For instance, the garage storage area… yuck.  It’s hot out there, lots of bugs, and heavy boxes.  But with her help, we were able to knock it out in an hour!!  If I had been on my own, it would have taken probably 3-4 hours and would have been much less pleasant.  I also have ad a box of real estate paperwork from 5 years ago that I have been moving all over this great city with us.  It’s a box that needs to be shredded.  So, when I told her about it, she suggested we sit down and shred it right then.  It took us about 15 minutes but it felt so good to get rid of those files and no longer move them to a new house!

learn, brooke

Prepping to Move- Part 2

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)

Good luck with your move!

learn, brooke

Two Weeks of Pinteresting

I’ve been anti-Pinterest for awhile. I think I’m pretty creative and did not want to see others’ ideas and stifle my creativity.  

From what I’ve gathered, it seems Pinterest has helped put lots of pressure on having the “perfect party”. In my opinion, the perfect party is good food, good friends and a good time. A million homemade DIY projects doesn’t factor into this equation.

But, as we are about to embark on a new house… I decided to join in hopes of easily accessing decorating ideas. Our new house needs paint: EVERYWHERE. I’m talking cabinets, moldings, walls, ceilings, etc. I’ve been learning that there are numerous paint companies with their own paint colors. And you can buy paint from several different locations. That’s like exponential math; it’s overwhelming. Did you also know there are dozens and dozens of grey/biege combos?! I joined Pinterest to help with this.
So this is how I have been Pinteresting…

Yes, those are screen shots. My friend P tells me that this is not how one should Pinterest… something about projects and pins.  But so far, it works for me.  Oh, and apparently I should get the app.  

I’ve successfully narrowed wall paint choices down to four. It only took two hours. I feel accomplished. Then, today, JB tells me that he wants a yellow room. YELLOW?!? I guess that means a few more hours on the Pinterest. 

So, that’s my review of two weeks on Pinterest. I give myself a C-.  Definitely room for improvement.
laugh, brooke

Prepping to Move- Part 1

If all goes as planned, we will be homeowners {again} in just a few weeks!  I am excited about this next chapter in our lives and want to share much of it with you. We are buying a home that needs some love- think paint, pressure washing, and some updates.  I hope to share those projects with you but for now, I want to share my moving prep plan.

This will be our THIRD move in TWENTY-SEVEN MONTHS!  Yes, you read that correctly.  I (unfortunately) feel like I am turning into a pro at moving.  I want to share my process in hopes of helping others who haven’t been as lucky (not) as me to move so frequently.  Today’s post focuses on things you can do a six weeks to a month before a move.

The key to my moving prep is to do it slowly and steadily.  Rome was not built in a day and I assure you, this 2700 square foot townhouse won’t be packed in a day either.  Even though we are a month out from the move, I am still trying to focus on areas that I can accomplish now versus waiting to do later.  Handling them now will take stress off of me later when more necessary packing is needed… aka the opposite of procrastination.

Your first plan of action is get boxes.  Collecting Amazon boxes, raiding your neighbors recycling bins, and hitting up your local liquor store (for boxes) are all great ways to accomplish this plan.  Whenever you get into packing, the last thing you want to happen is not having enough boxes.  So, start collecting and don’t stop until the last box is packed!

As I prep for the move, I try really hard to remember when we last used each item.  If it is still in a box from our last move, do we need to move it again?  I think cleaning out/donating unused items is important BEFORE you move.  It will save you money on moving costs- less for movers to move, less boxes/tape to buy, and less to unpack in your new home.

The majority of a move is on me.  I have to handle packing, organizing, and logistics.  This is not a complaint- just an honest statement.  In the effort of full disclosure, I have hired someone to help me organize/pack for a couple of hours each week.  It’s not that I need this person’s expertise to help me complete the process, but more like I need her to be around to help motivate me.  Maybe your spouse is this person or your friend, or maybe you are a self motivated packer.  I work best having a helper and have no shame in admitting that.

IMG_3270Start decluttering.

This far out from a move, it is best to start with places that you don’t use frequently in your home.  Linen closets, bedroom closets, and under bathroom sinks are a good place to start.  Use this time to take on one space at a time.  Maybe try to conquer one or two a day.  During this conquering, pull every item out.  I think physically touching each thing is important as it helps you weed through things.  Have three piles- keep, donate, and trash.  If you are moving (as I am), you may want a 4th box for packing.  Some things I know I want to keep, but I know I won’t need it before I move, so why not go ahead and pack?  These items can be seasonal (JB does not need snow boots nor his Easter basket before we move next month) so they are already packed.  I don’t think I am going to need my extra winter blankets or extra towels in the next month, so I went ahead a boxed those up.  Label these boxes and in a few weeks, they will start to pile up and you will feel very accomplished…. and less stressed.

Decluttering Areas:  closets, book shelves, picture frames, kitchen pantry

IMG_3251Start Organizing.

Areas that always overwhelm me: kitchen pantry, JB’s toys, and the junk/mail table.  I pretty much hate these areas.  The pantry is always full of stuff and I can’t find what I need when I need it.  The mail table just gets stacked and stacked until it falls over.  JB’s toys are in perpetual movement throughout our three story townhouse.  Reuniting them is a bit overwhelming.

Well, I am happy to say that I worked on these three spots this week.  The mail junk is still there but MUCH lower.  JB’s toys have been sorted through into donate pile, trash, pack now, and pack later.  It was nice to see everything get put together; legos are all together, the match cars, big cars, etc.  And three boxes of toys are all packed to move to the new house.

Organizing Areas: office desk/paperwork, children’s toys, kitchen pantry

FullSizeRender (18)Pack unnecessary items.

We have a perfect ledge to display picture frames in our current home.  It’s nice to see the pics every day, but my life is going to be ok for the next month with them already being packed.  We have a great selection of board games, but I doubt we will play them in the next month, so they are packed.  I do not need my winter clothes for a few more months, so they are packed.  I can do without my “formal” dining set so that will be packed next.

Packing Areas: fine china, books, picture frames, garage tools

I hope some of these tips will help make your upcoming move less stressful!

learn, brooke