Sunday, August 10, 2008

packing boxes can be fun . . .

This is the beginning of the packing process. The mounds and mounds of packing, loading, and unloading that I am SO looking forward to. As we were getting the boxes out of the garage, the children wanted to use them to make houses. My initial response was no. Boxes all over the house, more stuff to clean up, an overall mess. After a few minutes of thinking about the original no, I realized that we need to make moving as fun as possible, and I could deal with a mess of boxes for a day or two.
This year the packing will go a bit easier since we are not trying to sell a house at the same time. In addition, we have some boxes already packed from last summer's move. We are working on making packing as easy as possible, so, we first started on packing all the books. From our earlier moves we have learned a few things about moving boxes from place to place.
1. Pack books in very small boxes. Even though you move many of them, they are easier to handle and don't fall apart.
2. Use blankets, sheets and towels as packing material. It's nice to keep things together, but when moving dishes and breakable things, nothing beats cloth to wrap them in.
3. Pack refrigerators and freezers with boxes. This saves on room when you are renting a moving truck.
Over the next few days we will take things off the walls, pack the clothes we are not currently using, break the beds down, and then pack the kitchen last. Hopefully we will be able to move all of it quickly and efficiently this time.

4 comments:

leigh anna said...

wow fout, sad to say you have this down to a science!

my family was lucky enough to have church members who were movers, or who donated a moving service to us....so every move we made was quite easy on us....all added to that fact that we never owned any furniture, (or linens for that matter) had to look for a new house, or sell the one we were in....

so i totally admire the fact that you are willing to take on such a huge task, not once, but enough times that you have a science behind it!

we started back last monday.....its not the same at the park with out you!

good luck in all your packing, and thank you for allowing your children to have some creative fun! that makes the kindergarten teacher in me happy!

foutfolk said...

I can't believe you started back already! How crazy. Who's new? Who left that I did not know about? Where did you live growing up?

SLM said...

Good luck to you and your family on starting another adventure. I just returned from western PA / eastern OH. It was an interesting trip as I don't like to drive or ride. Therefore, those 7.5 hours dodging the po po, traffic and road construction were about all I could handle in a week. It was really "off the hook". I did make it to Pittsburgh's strip district and had real pasta. That in itself made it worth the trip. I have left the park! I don't know who is going to be able to handle the parking lot mayhem in the morning. Take care.
Susan

leigh anna said...

seriously....we started on the 4th...and i got to have 4 more days of act!

lets see....laciano, deno, blackburn, capel, harris, collestan, hall, o'leary, ward, bellenger, mcbrde, and some more than i can't think of left...
everyone who is new seems nice so far....but we have not really had a lot of group time to get to know each other so i really can't judge them.
no one has heard from williams-downey or downey williams....which ever way it is....we are not sure what is going on there....

so....where did i live growing up....
all in north carolina
but....here you go
kinston to windsor to chapel hill to richlands to chapel hill to richlands to beaufort to durham to greenville to raleigh since i've been grown up...ive lived in greensboro and now winston....
so there you go! :)