In your Home and Homeschool
For the next several days, I am going to help someone I love very much move into a new home. Since I have lived in the same house for 29 years, I have not moved very many times as an adult. I also did not move a lot in my childhood, but I do understand the moving process. I have learned many things from The FlyLady, and her system can be applied to moving.
You need to take things one step at a time, and you need to let go of some things in the process.
If you have time to plan a move well ahead of time, you can start with decluttering daily. You need to think of the size of the home you may move into. Is it larger or smaller?
You will need to think of HOW you are going to move your stuff. Will you be limited to the size of moving truck you will have? You might not know the answers to these questions if you are months away from moving, but you do need to consider these things as you are decluttering. If you don’t love something, you really need to consider if it is worth moving.
When you are ready to start packing boxes, start with stuff you do not use often. Write on the box the room it goes in or the contents of the box on the outside. Then write a number 1 on it. As you pack up boxes, keep numbering them in order.
You can keep an inventory log in your Control Journal. Write down the box number, room it goes in, and the contents on your inventory list. I would suggest keeping the list in an Office in a Bag, so it is secure and nothing falls out when you zip it closed.
Your numbering system will grow, and that is okay. Don’t worry about it. The last boxes you pack will have the highest numbers and will hold your most important things to unpack first.
As you pack boxes, use your timer to keep you from over-doing it, and keep your water bottle refilled. You need to hydrate while you are packing. Toss items that you do not love and want to bless someone else with. Keep a box for donations handy, and keep a trash can handy.
If you hire people to help you load and unload the moving truck, you will need to mark boxes fragile if they contain breakable items. Use a red marker to write this on the boxes.
Use color coding with your tape or markers if you want to designate different rooms by color. If you pack food items, use plastic storage boxes or plastic zipper bags. This will help prevent spills, hopefully.
When the moving truck is unloaded, you can tell your helpers to use the notes on the boxes to put them in the appropriate room.
As you start unpacking, start with the highest numbers to access you most-used items first, and then work your way through the boxes from the highest number to the lowest numbers.
Over the course of mentoring ladies, I have learned a lot about the unpacking process. You need to deal with your boxes in a timely manner. If they stay packed up for more than a year, you probably don’t need those items very badly. Write a date on the box that you want to be finished with unpacking.
Today’s Zone Mission is to wipe the stove top and fridge.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.
Have a great day!
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