I’m here to report that my head is still spinning. I’m beginning to wonder if this is still early engagement excitement, or if I’m going to be operating in this foggy headed state all year.
So, one of the biggest tasks immediately at hand for me is the process of moving the contents of my house into my fiance’s already full house. I’ve done the full pack up and move everything at once type move a solid handful of times before. While they come with their own set of difficulties, I’m familiar with those difficulties and how to handle them. If I wasn’t, there are countless resources on the internet to help me through the process.
Moving gradually over the course of a month or two? Not so much.
When you know everything eventually has to go, but you’re still living there, where does a person start?
Well, I started by taking my clear tubs of off-season clothes and some toiletries over to his place during the week and texted him this picture:
Text: The invasion has begun.
I was still left scratching my head though. What do I pack up and take away first?
Thinking about my accumulated mass of household belongings, I realized I was looking at the problem all wrong. I shouldn’t be concerned about what to pack first, I should be concerned about what to pack last.
I sat down and thought about what I needed in order to function normally at home during the work week. What do I need in each room? If I planned out a work week worth of meals and only picked up those groceries, what would I need? Strip down all of the hobbies, fancy kitchen utensils and multiple going out outfits: What is my bare minimum?
Turns out the answer is fewer items than I thought.
I broke the list down by room so that I could set those items aside in a pile. Anything not in that pile is fair game to be packed up. Call it the anti-packing list.
- sheet set/duvet/pillows
- throw blankets (for the nights it gets really cold)
- space heater (some nights I run it for half an hour or so before bed instead of turning up the furnace)
- laundry hamper
- all work clothes minus one work outfit at my fiance’s (just in case)
- one socializing outfit (just in case)
- 1 sweater and 1 set of comfy pants for curling up and reading/blogging in
- 2 sets of workout clothes
- 1/2 of my socks and underwear
- laundry detergent (in basement)
- towel set/bathmat
- face wash/moisturizer/Vaseline
- shampoo/conditioner/body wash/razors
- blow dryer/brush/hair elastics/bobby pins
- nail polish remover/cotton pads (I paint my nails on the weekend and take it off during the week)
- toilet paper/tampons
- basic first aid supplies/tylenol
- cleaning supplies
- medium pot
- small pan
- medium bowl
- wooden spoons (double as a spatula)
- cutting board
- chef knife/paring knife
- kettle/tea/tea bags/little bit of sugar
- basic dish set and cutlery
- glass leftover containers (for taking lunches to work)
- a couple tea towels
- completely left alone as is.
Why, after going through the exercise of determining my must haves, would I not bother to pack up anything in my living room? Long story short, when I eventually sell my home I’m going to need some pictures for the real estate listing, and I’ve been advised that having some furniture in the rooms is helpful for prospective buyers. I can do a reasonable job of staging my bedroom and bathroom for photos with my basics, but not so much with the living room. It will be one of the last things to get packed up. That and it’s where I spend most of my time at home anyway.
I’m off to home depot today to pick up some storage tubs so I can get my move on.
What is on your must have list during the work week? If you had to live somewhere while slowly moving, what would you keep out?
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