Pack Rat

You know, I’m one of those people that pride themselves on not having a lot of crap. Waste not, want not – William Morris is my home boy. But people. People, I’m telling you when it came time to fit all my worldly belongs in a 17′ truck, I suddenly felt like our life was an episode of hoarders. Seriously, could someone tell me where all this crap came from?

Le sigh.

Since we wanted to make sure everything fit in the truck, we had a pretty formalized packing routine that helped us eek the most amount of space out of all the boxes we had. Let’s just say we got pretty darn creative around here … πŸ˜‰ My first induced panic, was when I started taking all the art down from the walls. Dear GOD, when did I acquire all this art!!

Packing Up Art

Now, the artwork landed filling up 5 rather large boxes. Not the end of the world, but also kind of a red flag that your stuff might take up more space than you initially anticipated … The other thing about all this artwork was that due to the different sized frames, it often left boxes with odd gaps in them. First, that’s not good since it leaves the frames prone to shuffling around (don’t wan’t them to all be broken by the time we get there …) and second, and most importantly, Mary was on a leeeggitt mission to make sure every inch, of every box was thoroughly and completely accounted for. I’ve kinda been a box Nazi round these parts. Up to the brim, baby!

Packing boxes for move

I found that our throw pillows were actually the perfect compliment to the art array. Extra padding, check! Hole filler upper, check!

Creative Packing

When we were five boxes in after art and this was just the initial round (very preliminary, like the first thing we did), I started to get reeealll worried that we we’re in need of some major purging if we wanted to make everything fit in the truck. So about 2-weeks out from our departure day, I grabbed the good old camera and went on a craigslist bonanza.

Now, part of my heart broke a little as a listed some of the items. It takes time and money and lots of love to fill up a house with furniture that feels like you. Selling half of it kinda felt like I was giving my first born away. But then I started thinking about it a bit, and figured, ya know you got most of this stuff off craigslist – relish in the hunt, you can find it again! Plus, we’re moving down to a region of the country known for producing some of the finest furniture in the U.S. of A, so I’ll take the gamble and unload what I can up here.

Selling Furniture before move

Our living room became a craigslist assembly line, each piece of furniture just chilling up there waiting for their new home. Overall, I usually got just about what I paid for each item, so it made me feel a bit better to be parting with all my lovelies. Plus, that cold hard cash is something we can definitely utilize for all of our moving expenses coming up. Grumble, grumble.

While we wereΒ I was πŸ˜‰ in a purging mood, we moved on over to all our clothes. Just like the furniture, I’m trying to view the move as a good opportunity to go out with the old and in with the new. Our local Salvation Army will be getting a pretty handsome donation before we head out of town – a parting gift to Ann Arbor, if you will πŸ˜€

How to Pack Lightly

As I started to pack up the hangers, I spotted another opportunity to maximize space. Since they left lots of empty space on either side, I decide to use all that extra room to pack all my clothes! It actually worked extremely well, as I was able to fit all my clothes in from the hangers in my closet. Sweetness. πŸ˜€ Notice that I rolled the clothing, too, which saved lots of space over folding.

Packing Hack

Before I knew it my closet was completely empty, other than a few clothes to carry me over through the move. Ah, progress. πŸ˜€

Preparing for Long Move

Along with our boxes getting stuffed to the brim, our recycling and trash can we’re also looking mighty full. As I was cleaning out our desk and drawers throughout the house I came across tons of old paper. Chalk it up to my obsession with lists and Jay’s obsession with holding onto anything and everything that crosses his path, we had lots of extra paper lying around. Initially I was recycling it all, but as we started to get low on newspaper for packing up our fragile items, it dawned on me that I could use these for extra packing padding as well.

Proof that Jay is a hoarder? Physics homework from college. Yep, guilty as charged.

How to Pack Boxes

After we we’re done tackling the more obvious space saving solutions, we started to think a bit harder about things and see how we could continue to save space around here. Although we couldn’t disassemble all of our furniture, we we’re able to take legs off our dining room chairs, which I think will actually save quite a bit of space in the truck.

Deconstructing Furniture

In a last and final resort to save space and/or avoid tossing all our fridge contents, we also decided to cordially invite all our local friends over to raid our fridge πŸ˜€ Since this is the first time we’re moving a significant distance (10+ hours), it really didn’t make sense to bring along our ice cream sandwiches for the ride. So sad, isn’t it? Although we’ve tried to not buy as much food these last few weeks, our fridge is still packed with lots of barely used items that just didn’t make sense to throw out.

Getting Rid of Food

As I depart to pack yet another box, I leave you with one obligatory cat in a box photo. Cause everyone that’s got a cat, knows that if there’s a box, that feline is in it πŸ™‚

Cat in a Box

3 thoughts on “Pack Rat

  1. Good luck! Having moved back and fourth across the country a few times now, I know what you mean about your crap suddenly multiplying when its time to cram it all in a trailer!

    I am SO excited for you guys! Hopefully our packing adventure is not far behind πŸ™‚

  2. Isn’t it disgusting how much ‘stuff’ 2 people can accumulate?! I thought the same thing when the hubster and I moved a few months ago. Your packing looks similar to mine although yours might make a bit more sense, you at least have hangers and clothes together. Mine was more of a “hair brush, pair of shoes, and a pitcher? Yup, throw it in!” process haha

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