Good Packing Plan

by GfG on April 23, 2012 · 7 comments

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Two weeks from today we will be leaving our home in the Hill Country of Texas and driving to our new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  That means we’re packing up every item we have so we can take it all with us.  Fun stuff.

Or not.

I’m using the color coded system I used when we moved three years ago and have high hopes that it will work again.  Though, this time, I’m praying we don’t have a color blind mover.  Seriously.

I’ve added a little something this move that I hope helps me long term: I’ve numbered each box (on all four sides) and written the contents on an index card.  These index cards are on a metal ring.  I’ve heard of keeping them in a box, but I just kept imagining me dropping the box and spilling the cards all over the place or losing a card (or four).  Wasn’t willing to risk that.

Every card has the list and the color coded sticker.

We will be renting for a year, so we can get to know the city/area before we buy a house.  Since I’m such a big fan of packing, I don’t want to pack up everything again twelve months from now.  Deciding some of the items get to stay in their cardboard homes for awhile means thinking that through a bit.  I’m not perfect at it, but every little bit helps.

The note card system will help me later find items that may be in the garage (we hope to have a garage for the first time ever!) that I decided I want.  While many people write them items on the side of the box, that usually only gets done on one side and then you have to move boxes around to find the writing/list.

By having numbers on the boxes and the list with me, I will just have to look for a number.

I actually already had to test the system.  I forgot about a hike I signed up for with the ladies at church and I packed my tennis shoes.  Well, I flipped through the note cards until I found “tennis shoes” and then I went looking for box 29.  Easy cheesy.

Hanging on to the note cards for a year might prove challenging, so I’m going to put the info in the computer too.  Insurance.

So, my motivation has been intense.  I really need to finish packing by tomorrow afternoon.  The rest of our days here are full.  Actually, that’s an overstatement.  They are more than full.

So, today I’m motivated to empty rooms and fill boxes.  To add to the stacks and subtract from the mess.   To write cards and stick stickers.

So, tonight, I’m gonna be tired.

It’s all about packing today so we can enjoy our visits, trips, and parties for the last eleven days we live in Texas.

That’s pretty stinkin’ motivating.  Seriously.

 

Linked up to Motivation Monday at The Straightened Path

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The Reader April 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

It is a good plan. We did the same (minus color coding; brilliant!) when we came here, and had a detailed inventory. It did help.

Eleven days. Wow.

Hugs and prayers, dear friend. May your time be sweet and slow enough to savor every moment. ((((hugs))))

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Blair @ The Straightened Path April 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

Great process! This is very similar to how the Navy moved us when we were moving around. It’s very helpful. I’m excited to get to “ride along” with you to this next chapter of your lives. Thanks for linking up today!

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Heather April 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Ok, now I’m starting to get teary-eyed, I’ve been procrastinating the sadness. But on the bright side…we are hoping you will want visitors next May/June because T has already started planning a trip.

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GfG April 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

Yeah, I’ve been fighting the good fight until Thursday night. I started crumbling. Yesterday, at church, it became worse. I fear it’s tears from here on out.

Uh, YESSS!! I could just hug T!!

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Laurie B April 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I am thankful that you are sharing this adventure. I don’t want to think about it AT ALL, but I am so excited about what God has in store for you. We continue to pray for strength and wisdom as you stand boldly in the Promises!!

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Alecia April 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

We are moving sometime in the next 6 months, so I will have to try this out! I may actually be able to find things if I used this system, thank you for sharing this.

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Susann Gehring April 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I love the card system! When I was single I had all my stuff organized that way! This was a nice reminder that maybe it’s time to do that again! Hope all goes well with the move. Stopped by from the homeschool hop!

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