It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated this (read the last post here), most of that time I’ve been curled up in bed with a horrible case of the flu. Thanks to everyone for reading this and all your positive comments and encouragement! It is so so so appreciated! If this is your first time reading this series, thank you so much for joining! You can read week one here!
This week I’m talking about what and how to pack. If you have a fully paid for corporate moving package, this post probably isn’t for you. For those of you making a big move and looking to take as little as possible, this is what you do. If you’re studying abroad or backpacking through Europe, etc you’ll also find these tips useful!
This may sound like a given, but folding every single shirt and pair of pants is a big space saver! I got a flip fold board to make sure everything was folded neatly and the same size to save extra space (these are fantastic for keeping organized too! Buy one here!). When you’re trying to pack your life into a few suitcases, every little bit of space counts.
Next I used vacuum sealable bags. Those are a lifesaver. Ziploc makes travel ones where you don’t need the vacuum and they are amazing! You can buy them from Amazon here. I love them for traveling, or storing sweaters and other seasonal clothing. I used around 10 of these bags.
All of my smaller items like tanks, undies, stockings were rolled and put in Ziploc bags to keep it organized.
Then it was a giant game of Tetris with the different bags, shoes and hair stuff and making sure my checked bag wasn’t other 50 lbs. Which it was. By 2 lbs. That was definitely the most frustrating part, since everything was packed so perfectly.
What did I bring? Mostly clothes. Everything else is simply too bulky to take right away. Decorations, souvenirs, my favorite blanket, all left behind. Thankfully, I was able to take this stuff to my parents to keep for a bit and ship later. If you don’t have that luxury, pack it in a box and mail it via FedEx. If you’re driving, you have a lot more room to work with than I did so you won’t need to be as strict as I was with packing.
I separated all of my clothes by season. Anything I would be wearing within the next 2-3 months came with, minus my bulky coats. I brought my favorite and most versatile pair of boots and left the rest behind to be shipped later. Since it’s cold here, I brought sweaters and scarves to layer with. I brought one tote bag and a crossbody purse along with some of my jewelry.
Moving is a great time to donate stuff, so a TON of my stuff was donated. Any shoes I was on the fence about, gone. Shirts I hadn’t worn in years and couldn’t see myself wearing anymore? Bye! This is the time to be really picky about your stuff. If you aren’t sure about it and don’t see potential in it, donate it. A lot of women don’t have nice workout tops or cute little peep toe flats and would be so happy to have those things. That’s how I think about it when I’m deciding what to keep and what to toss, would someone else enjoy this more than me? If so, it likely gets donated.
When you’re deciding what to take and you have limited room, think about the current season and the next couple of months. Think about what items you wore last October thru December, or May thru August.
If you forget something you need? These sites I wrote about here have AMAZING sales on everything from cleaning supplies, home decor and any clothing you could need!
When you move how do you usually do it?