(Closed) God, I hate packing!!!

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Post # 3
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve moved a lot too..it’s a nightmare. Fiance and I bought our condo together, from previously living apart. That was double the amount…and we’re buying a new condo in Feb 2013, so it’s just going to happen again. Ugh.

I feel your pain..hopefully someone posts something insightful.

Post # 5
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I have never minded packing. I go through each item as I pack it to decide as I go to keep, throw, or donate. I box items room by room. You have a lot of time, so I would start by packing a box per room for anything you wont be using for the next month. I love living clutter free so we don’t keep a lot of unneccesary opjects around but we also go through each room on a regular basis and donate anything we don’t use frequently. We went through our bedroom on Sunday and got rid of four bags of unused clothing and decor. Yikes.

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve moved every year since 2008. It’s terrible. We got professional movers for the furniture for this move, but we still packed everything up ourselves. It never gets easier. The only thing that seems to help is to split it up over a peried of time, and not wait until the last minute, which I always do Undecided

Post # 7
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I find that I always start out gung-ho.

“YEAH! I’m gonna be productive! I’m gonna pack!”

And then it’s a gradual decline. By the second or third room, I hate my life, my items, and my present and future apartment. 

Post # 8
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re unpacking now since we moved this weekend and it looks like a giant bomb hit here still.  We’re now unpacking “random” boxes that don’t make any sense, my only tip is don’t give up and just throw things in, it makes the unpacking so much worse lol

Post # 9
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have moved 29 times, that’s right 29. (I’m turning 30 in June) 

I have become an expert packer and un packer and my first piece of advice to you would be to  

1. not keep anything just because you “might use it one day”. If you haven’t used it in the last 2 years you aren’t going to. 

2. Rubbermaid bins are your best friend, they are durable, strong and best of all you can drill through the handles to use zip ties to keep them secure and closed. 

3. Once a box is packed put a detailed list of what is inside of it on the outside of your box. (that way when you are trying to find your favorite book or vase you will know exactally where it is)

4. Don’t move empty suitcases PUT YOUR CLOTHES IN THEM, pack your dishes in your towels (better for your dishes and the environment, you can even put your breakables in between your sweaters in your suitcases) 

5. Make sure it’s clean when you pack it, the last thing you want to do is dust a bookshelf the day you move into your new home. 

6. Don’t just put all of your boxes in the middle of your living room, this is important, take the extra thirty seconds to put the box marked bedroom in the bedroom. 

7. MOST IMPORTANTLY ***** If your friends are helping you move only give them the pizza and beer AFTER everything is done****** 


Post # 12
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Oh boy do I feel your pain! I’ve moved four times in the past two and a half years (crazy!), and it doesn’t get any easier. This is the first time I’ll be in a place longer than a year, and I’m so excited! Moving is such a pain, but if you can, do a little bit at a time so it never feels overwhelming. And moving is the perfect time to clean house – if you don’t want/use something anymore, get rid of it, and you don’t have to move it! Good luck!

Post # 13
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I find that I always start out gung-ho.

“YEAH! I’m gonna be productive! I’m gonna pack!”

And then it’s a gradual decline. By the second or third room, I hate my life, my items, and my present and future apartment.

@the_future_mrs:  I feel like I could have written that myself. I’m trying to move right now, my third time in the last two years, and at first, I was conquering rooms, boxing everything neatly, parting easily with items I didn’t need, being super organized. Then, I had issues finding a moving truck for my furniture. I had to hire someone. I can’t load up my couch by myself and FH is rarely off work during the day. So it’s taken me about a month to get where I am now, and that’s not as far as I hoped. Now, suddenly, a moving truck has come through and they’re going to be here Tuesday. So I went from a slow crawl taking a few boxes at a time to warp speed having to pack absolutely everything else I own in the next few days.

It’s a daunting task for me by myself, but I hope that I can keep my sanity long enough to do it.

Post # 14
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

wardrobe boxes are your friend

if you know anyone who works in an office, ask for empty file boxes. perfect size for books and it helps immensely when all your boxes are the same size.

clear rubbermaid totes are awesome, you cam see what is in them

make a box of essentials to unpack first – sheets, pillows. towels, hand soap, first aid, toilet paper, toothbrush

don’t make anything heavier than you want to lift (fill a box partly with books, put sweaters/light stuff on top)

Post # 16
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with all above advice and would like to add- do NOT buy anything unnecessary once you know you’re going to move.  Try to eat up your nonperishable groceries instead of buying too many groceries and having to haul them on ice.  The same goes for clothing, shoes, or, in my case, wedding stuff I will just have to box up and move in 1 month. 

Also, have a separate or well-marked box/bag that contains trash bags, scissors, and a few snacks (granola bars, anyone?)


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