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Top Ten Things *NOT* To Do When You’re Packing Up Your House

Posted on: November 16, 2010

Top Ten {Tuesday} Our family is packing up our house for a big move to Texas. We leave next Wednesday, so we are working hard to get everything squared away in time. Thankfully, a lot gets done when Jonathan is at home and we can work together. But, I’ve still found that there are some lessons we’ve learned NOT to do when packing up your entire house.

1. Pack up all your toys – While it might seem like a great idea to clean up the toy room, it’s dangerous territory when your two toddlers have nothing to play with.

2. Pack up all your medicine – Sure, you haven’t been sick in months, so why do you need 3 bottles of NyQuil? Trust me on this – packing up all your medicine is like asking to get sick.

3. Have your oldest get pink eye – See #2. Told you I was asking for it.

4. Have your youngest get pink eye – Could I really expect her not to get it, since big sister is all she has left to play with {see #1}?

5. Get sick yourself – See #2 and #3 and #4.

6. Start The 30 Day Shred – I blame this fully on Alicia’s amazing results. Once I saw her before and after pictures, I went out that afternoon and bought 30 Day Shred. I’m on day 5. And I’m really, really sore.

7. Volunteer for anything – I volunteer for things before I even think. It’s a good habit that comes at bad times. Thankfully all my friends are gracious enough to overlook when I back out of my responsibilities at the last minute {Sorry friends!}.

8. Be hard on yourself – Let’s just say I haven’t been the greenest human lately. Or the most time conscious. Or the most loving. Or the most hygiene prone. Or anything else I strive for.

9. Be overly hard on your kids – Moving is hard for kids. They don’t fully understand what’s going on. And while it’s frustrating to explain for the fourteenth billion time what it means to “pack” I need to cut the girls some slack.

10. Not ask for help – I’m blessed with friends just waiting to help us. And I take advantage of it when I can/need. And that means thankfully I have dinner provided for us every night this week. Can you say awesome? {Thanks friends!}

What are some of your packing tips? Any crazy stories of packing with little ones?

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14 Responses to "Top Ten Things *NOT* To Do When You’re Packing Up Your House"

Let me know if you need some toys! We would be glad to share! Hope everyone gets healthy, sounds like its been rough so far!

This made me laugh out loud. Too much!

Pink eye is awful…hope everyone’s over it soon.

Day 5 of the Shred already!? Go girl! The soreness will improve. You’re 1/6 of the way through!

I, too, volunteer for things before I think. It’s a problem! :O

Hope the rest of your move goes more smoothly than the 1st bit! And HOW AWESOME that people are bringing you dinner. That rocks.

On our last move I avoided packing and left my husband behind to do it all. So I have no great advice, other than to flee with the kids. Or send them to grandma’s.

Fleeing with the kids. Brilliant idea!!!

Yes,yes!! Great idea, just in time for Thanksgiving!!

We have moved so many times in my life I can’t even count. What I always do is get 2 large totes (plastic) in one put sheets, towels, change of clothes and anything else you need right away. In the second tote put the necessary items that you will need right away, one for me is my kettle, medications, snacks, bottles, sippy cups etc. Also mark on the box which room it is to go into, that saves a lot of sorting when you start opening boxes. When you have finished moving all the boxes in the house/apartment 1. set up the beds (when you are exhausted at night you can just fall into them) 2. Work at unpacking your kitchen essentials first for snacks etc. 3. Have quick meal ideals or plan to order take out on the first night. This last move a good friend of ours baked us a chicken lasagna meal with caeser salad and everything. If I can think of anything else I will let you know.

Clare, great ideas! We’ve been making sure the boxes are clearly marked (with detail information when possible), but I didn’t think to keep sheets easily accessible. It’s been a while since I’ve had to pack up *everything*, including sheets.

Love this list, hate that it’s been rough going for ya’ll so far. I have no moving advice for doing it with kids but I’m kind of dreading when it comes up because along with keeping them entertained your stuff doubles and triples. What a blessing to have meals!

yikes, sounds like fun. We’ll be moving across the country in the near future but we only have one 11 month old…hoping for no pink eye 😉

I packed up our house in 10 days with an 10 mo old and a 3 yr old. It was stressful but I got it done. I can’t think of any great stories because I have since blocked those 10 days out of my memory! I, however, did not get sick to my recollection! I am praying for you sister!

I love everything about this.

And way to go on 30 Day Shred! That’s awesome! I love that workout, but was totally amazing at how hard it was. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

Jessica – thanks for the offer. I will let you know if I need anything!

Alicia – you totally inspired me. Best part is, Jonathan is doing the workouts with me.

Katie – I like Julia’s idea – flee with the kids!

Naomi – good luck with your move! And fingers crossed for no sickness for you. Whatever you do, don’t pack up your medicine.

Wendy – 10 days. Wow. Just wow.

Melanie – it is a great workout! I didn’t think it would be as hard as it is, but I like it!

That’s awesome that Jonathan is doing them with you! Andrew started doing them with me on the weekends towards the end. He agreed that the level 2 and 3 workouts were GOOD workouts…and that’s something coming from a former military guy!

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