Stress free moving with Wendy Dyes

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Tips for a Stress Free Move

Here is how to pack:

1. Start with the closets
* Bedroom closets: Start by packing all the random stuff that sits on the closet shelves.
* Linen closets: For the couple weeks leading up to your move just rewash the sheets and towels that you are currently using so that all the other linens get packed up.
* Entry closet
* Game closet

2. Under the bathroom sinks
There a few things under there that you probably use every day, so leave those out, but the rest of it can be packed up.

3. Books
Books are super easy to pack and are something you can definitely live without for a couple of weeks.  Remember to pack books in small boxes because they get heavy really quickly.

4. CDs and DVDs
These are super easy to pack and a quick thing to cross off your list! 

5. Pictures and decorations
I LOVE having pictures in every room of the house but when it’s moving time the walls and shelves in our house are totally naked.  These are simple things to pack and even though your house will look sad for a couple of weeks it’s totally worth it in the end.

6. The garage 
Pack up tools, garden stuff and whatever other random stuff that you have out in your garage.

7. Toys 
When we moved last time it was the first time we’d moved having a child.  About a week before the move I picked out a few of Malea’s favorite toys and books and then packed the rest.  It’s amazing how kids don’t really need that much to entertain themselves. :)

8. Next is the kitchen 
Leave out only the things you know you will need the last week in your home and then pack up the rest.  This is where meal planning comes in handy because if you know what you are going to cook the last week in your house then you will know exactly which pots and pans you will need and which ones you won’t.

Here are a few other areas to start packing up in your kitchen:

* Cooking utensils
* Cookbooks
* Spices
* Pantry
* Silverware (leave out 1 or 2 of each but pack up the rest) 
* Dishes (leave out 1 or 2 of each but pack up the rest) 
* Glassware (leave out 1 or 2 of each but pack up the rest) 
* Platters, serving bowls

Leave out only the bare essentials.  When we moved the last time I had a “Kitchen” box that I left open on the bar and as I used something (and knew I wouldn’t need it again) I’d put it in the box.  

After all of those things are packed the only things that should be left are the bare essentials plus any large artwork and your furniture, oh and your cleaning products {you have to leave those out so that you can clean the place after you move out!}.  Next put all of the boxes together in one location {like the garage} so that they are in one place ready and to be thrown into the moving van on moving day.