For every recipe, you need a list of ingredients. So think about what you are going to use for the job.
Boxes: These can be purchased at a moving supply company (check your yellow pages). These folks also sell used boxes at a reduced rate. You can also go to liquor stores for their boxes. Keep in mind that you do not need to get huge boxes, because they will be too hard to lift when filled. So keep them manageable.
Packing Tape: Be sure and get plenty of tape to seal the box top flaps. It is not that expensive and is worth having enough so you don’t have to stop and run out an buy more. Also get the dispensers to hold the tape and have more than one if there will be more people helping pack.
Scissors: If you don’t get the dispensers, you will need scissors, just remember, scissors are hard to keep up with while you are packing. LOL
Garbage bags: Preferably, the kind that you can see through. That way you will not have to reopen the bags to see if it is trash or something you packed that would not fit in a box. Get very strong ones. Mark them with colored ribbons for code.
Colored Magic Markers: I use colored ones so that I can give each room a different color and that way, when we are unloading the truck, all I have to say is: “Yellow boxes go in the kitchen, green in the bedroom, purple in the living room, etc”. Then you can post the color of boxes over the top of the doorway to that room. I have also used colored ribbon to tie around the garbage bags. Stickers and markers usually don’t work, because they either fall off, or you can’t see them. Clothes are usually in these bags, so raid your sewing stash for old ribbon or your Christmas stash for Christmas ribbon. It is cheap and easy to recognize. Decide ahead of time what your color codes are going to be and put those supplies in the room. Just don’t label all the boxes “Misc” (or “Stuff” and “More Stuff”)! You can also give the boxes a number and put the contents of that box on your notepad, so you can find where the item is without tearing open each and every box – and creating even more CHAOS!
As far as labeling the boxes, if you start packing up the things that you will not need, and start at 1 and label in ascending order, you will know that the boxes with the lowest numbers can be unpacked last. The higher numbered boxes are the ones with the stuff you use the most.
Newspapers: This is for packing your dishes and other breakable items. You can never have enough newspapers. Go to the recycle bins and get some. You may have to ask permission.
Beginning to Pack
Now, back to packing. If you will take your time and not be rushed about this, you will do a more efficient job and not be so stressed out. Do you hear me on this! I do not want you to make yourself sick. Slow and steady wins the race. Not crash and burn!
If you have plenty of time to prepare for the move, you can have everything labeled and ready to load on the truck, all before the final day. No stress and no worry. Also, you will be able to find things when you get to your new home. Take baby steps and each day pack up 5 boxes and keep them in the room that they belong in. Color Code the boxes and number them. Label on the outside the contents or which drawer they came from and put it on your master moving list. Get a clip board and keep everything together or a zip up notebook or canvas bag to hold all your markers and supplies. Keep your moving supplies together. If you are having to do this by yourself, you will thank me later.
Now let’s talk about what you are going to need when you get to the new house. I don’t want you ripping open boxes, looking for things. So here is what you are going to do first before you start to pack anything. Think about what items you are going to need when you walk in the door of your new house.
Rubber gloves for cleaning the bathroom. I know this may sound funny, but this was someone else’s germs. Not your family’s.
Disinfectant. You may need to clean your new home before you can unpack. So you may have to race the movers to the new house.
Vacuum, broom, mop. I know you may not use them, but you will need to know where to put your hands on them as soon as the movers have finished unloading the truck.
Rags and paper towels for cleaning.
Basic kitchen utensils: A skillet, pot, coffee pot, and maybe even your crock pot. Then a spatula, sharp knife, silverware, dishwashing liquid, dish towels, paper plates, napkins, and glasses.
Simple food: peanut butter, cereal, crackers, bread, coffee, sugar, and powdered milk (I have to have this for coffee. I can also use it on cereal in a pinch.). You may have to make a grocery run for some fruit and snacks for the kids.
Clothing: Also in your possession you will need a couple of changes of clothes for each person in the family; everything from underwear to socks, shoes and pajamas.
Personal items: Then you will need a basic bathroom bag. Everyone’s toothbrushes, razor, shampoo, soap, tooth paste and of course toilet paper and towels and wash cloths. Don’t forget your make up, hair dryer and contact stuff. You don’t want be tearing open boxes, hunting for this stuff, when you are getting ready to crash in bed with mattresses on the floor.
For the first sleep in the new house: Also pack some sheets and blankets for each person’s bed and an alarm clock. This should be just enough to help with camping out, while you are working on getting the new house put together.
And a phone and your packing supply bag, with garbage bags, and your inventory and special labels that you have made for each door way so the movers will know where to put the boxes, without you standing at the front door directing traffic. I want you to let the workmen do the work, so you can start cleaning and unpacking your kitchen as it comes in the door. Especially the food that you may have moved. Oh by the way, if you are moving frozen food, you will need good ice chests to pack it in, I recommend using it all up all your frozen and refrigerated food before the move or giving it to your old neighbors before you leave. I would start over with fresh stuff for your refrigerator. Toss it all out, except the mustard. That doesn’t need to be refrigerated.