Seriously, guys, I'm about to pull my hair out.
I move to LA in 4 days. I thought I had everything organized and that this move would be easy but I've been packing for a week (yes I know that isn't that long but I wanted to wait until after Roman's birthday party to start) and I feel like NOTHING IS DONE.
That's not true. One thing I have gotten a chance to do is PURGE.
I love getting rid of shit. It's almost an addiction. I'm pretty sure if I had the money, I would buy stuff just to donate it. Which actually isn't a bad thing, haha.
So far I have donated 2 bags of shoes and clothes and one bag of books. Next thing I'm going through is Roman's room, and I know we are going to get rid of over 50% of the stuff he has. A lot of it I could sell, but I really like knowing that it went to someone who needed it more than I needed $40.
When I was pregnant, I got rid of about 75% of my closet. Most things I had purchased and only worn once or twice, a lot more things still had the tag on them. I have always had a really bad habit of impulse shopping, which I still do, but not nearly as bad as when I was a teen/in my early 20s. Becoming pregnant was exactly what I needed to get rid of all this junk, because I couldn't fit into it any more. And at the time, I was convinced I would NEVER fit into my old clothes again. Which was not true, and I am bummed I got rid of certain things, but for the most part there is nothing I regret tossing because I was able to learn that I don't need junk. I mean, honestly, I wear like 5 outfits. Coming up with things to wear for photo shoots is impossible for me, because I usually am in jeans and a t-shirt, or a dress, and 90% of the time the same heels. I wear heels almost every day because I'm 5'3".
But I digress.
I really am only ranting right now because I am procrastinating the rest of what I need to do.
Okay, as much as I hate moving I don't own a house, and therefore we move a lot. After we finish this we will have moved 3x in the last two years. Two of those times I was pregnant. Previously, I spent 5 years in LA and had 3 homes. So I feel like I've gotten this down by now. Don't misread that, I am not good at moving and I still hate it, but over the years I have come up with a few tricks to make it not suck as much.
Order of Operations. I have found this to be crucial when moving, as have possibly every other person in the world, because if you simply google "how to move homes efficiently" or something like that, there are a million blog posts, articles, and wiki-hows with moving tips. But I'm going to put it out there anyway. The order in which you pack is crucial mainly to your sanity, lest you have that moment of "OMG I PACKED THAT?!?!!" and then stressing out because you have no idea which box this crucial item is in. But every person is different when it comes to how you pack. For us, the first thing we put away is the guest room, then living room, things in between, and lastly, the kitchen. However the kitchen is argueably the hardest thing to pack in a move, and in the past when I had more disposable income, (aka no baby) I always did the kitchen first. Because I could afford to eat out for a week. Now, I know that I will be cooking at home until the last meal, so the kitchen is the last to go. Figure out what works for you, and create a list with what you think you can't go a day without, so that you keep that stuff out until go-time.
OUTFIT PLANNING. Bolded and all-caps because I can't stress enough how helpful this is. I am a big fan of outfit-planning. But when you move it is extra helpful. Treat it like you're going on vacation. About 5-7 days out, plan out your days so you can plan your outfits. I, personally, am doing nothing but packing and working out until we move, and therefore, I have chosen one pair of jeans, one pair of flats, one pair of heels (in case of a last minute night out,) a few t-shirts, sneakers, and workout clothes. My go-to uniform (pictured here) of a chambray shirt and jeans is great because I can dress it up or down for any occasion that may come up over the next week. Now, I have a washer and dryer at my house, so I can get by with slightly less because I can wash it all. If you don't have laundry at home, leave more out. Alec is working through the last day here in SD, and he has a dinner one night, so he has more of a variety of clothes and shoes left out. Again, do what works for you.
Laundry. I have done this for the last couple moves and it makes things so much easier. As I'm packing around the house, I am doing every last piece of laundry. Including stuff that "may" be clean. Clothes, towels, linens, floor mats, whatever. I do this for two reasons. The first is that as I'm taking everything out of drawers to wash it, I'm seeing how much shit has collected that I don't need. It helps you decide what you want to get rid of, because you're likely seeing it for the first time in a while. That sock drawer that is somehow full even though I constantly complain that I don't have any socks? Emptied, 16 single socks with holes in them tossed, and the remainder clean and put back in the drawer. Which brings me to my next reason, CLEAN CLOTHES. Now that you've gotten rid of shit, and you have your outfits picked out for the week, you have all these clean clothes that are ready to be put into your new home. If you're packing and doing everything yourself, then the clothes won't be in boxes long enough to get funky, so when you take them out you can hang them back up without any mess. If you are using movers, however, I take a different approach. Still clean everything, but if you keep your stuff on hangers, which I do almost exclusively, movers will almost always give you complementary wardrobe boxes to use the day of the move. For those of you who aren't familiar with these (as I wasn't when I first hired a mover 2 years ago,) they are tall boxes with a metal bar across the top where you can hang your clothes on their hangers. These things are amazing. You have to unpack them before the movers leave, so I suggest having them load the wardrobe boxes last, so you can get them out first and unpacked quickly. Seriously, they are game changers.
Don't Pack Air. I'm talking jewelry in purses, shoes in suitcases, and everything stays in its drawer. Now, that last part is a heck of a lot easier if you have movers, because obviously if your dresser has all of the clothes still in it it is going to be much heavier. If you're doing the lifting yourself you can still do this but with lighter objects. Take that side table, and in the drawer, put in your purse with the jewelry inside. You can get really creative! I love filling reusable shopping bags with things like towels and sheets, and pillows transfer swimmingly in trash bags. I try to buy as few boxes as possible, because they are expensive and also you would be amazed how many box-like items you already have in your house.
So yeah, that is what I have for you without trying to re-write the same list of packing tips that is plastered all over the internet. I need to get back to packing, I still can't believe I will be living in LA again in less than a week!!!!!!
If you have any tips or tricks for moving smoothly, pleaseeeee leave them in the comments so I can get this done! And as always check below to shop my look =)