Top 5: How to Pack… and Manage to Keep Your Sanity

As much as i like to travel, change pace, and see what else is out there…. i HATE packing.

and i HATE moving.

I mean really… it might be the absolute worst process in the world. You’re taking everything out of it’s place…. to put in heavy boxes… to replace stuff in a similar order in a new zip code, state or country.

Every time i have to pack/move, i putting EVERYTHING I OWN in the Goodwill/Trash pile. Because it seems easier to just get new stuff than haul all the rest of this junk around (all my possessions became ‘junk’ when they didnt all fit in 2 boxes).

and just a little PS – no matter how little stuff yout hink you have… you always have about 10 times more. Don’t forget about that top shelf in the closet, under the bed, and hall closet you never look at. The stuff just NEVER. ENDS.

Here are my top 5 things that kept me sane through my packing party.

#1 – Something that always makes you happy

Because you are about to embark on a journey of packing… and will need to be given the will to live and NOT to freak out in T-2 hours. My something-that-makes-me-happy is coffee. If you dont have a “something” picked out… i’d suggest coffee. and i’d REALLY suggest some CB@B. You might think i’m byassed.. but it’s amazing!

# 2 – A Killer Playlist

Genius playlist on Kings of Leon “Knocked Up” – it was a great choice for some late night packing!
Whatever music moves you and makes you happy (and possibly makes you focus). Just make sure it’s all stuff you feel like listening to… because lets be honest; with your stuff strewn all over the house, the iHome will undoubtedly be on the other side of a huge pile you will not be able to climb over.

# 3 – Packing Tape

This stuff is just absolute magic. Broken box? Fixed. Awkward bookshelves moving around? Done. Two things rattling is driving you crazy? Tape ’em together. Your head is about to fall off? This will hold it into place until you finish packing the kitchen.

# 4 – Approximately 4,000 Storage Containers

Same-size, stackable storage bins in pretty colors – Praise the Lord.
As previously stated, but think you don’t have that much stuff – but really, you do. You assume you’ll need 4 or 5…. but in reality, you need 20. Save yourself multiple trips to the store, and just buy extras that you can return later.

I liked these kinds by Re:Store for Target. i chose purple and grey (to match my room…. that i’m no longer living in. Dang it.) but they had about 10 colors. But purple and grey also make me happy, so i’ll go with it.

Unfortunately any money you have is savings will now go to purchasing plastic storage bins (starting at $10 a pop!). But at least your stuff will be packed. I wouldn’t even BOTHER trying to find boxes. I got 15 of the same container (same size) and will restack them and keep them forever. Don’t judge me if i use them as end tables in my new house….i’m trying to be practical here.

# 5 – Something else that makes you happy (are you noticing a trend here?)

My new favorite wine. Salvatore Zinfandel! 
I just think you deserve a nice glass of wine after a long day of packing. And every packing party needs a bottle of wine! I picked this up (Salvatore Blue Period Zinfendel) at Target when i went back for my 2nd trip (out of 3 total) for more storage bins.

Now it’s time to relax… you made it! Even if you have to get up tomorrow and start the process all over again (just remember – step #1 is important). Happy Packing! If you can put an emphasis on being happy it will all work out 🙂

Coming soon – the unpacking/redecorating survival guide.