Since I have mentioned that packing may not be our forte, I thought I could help by making a “what not to do” list when it comes to packing.
Let’s talk about the important things… TV and libations.
When packing TV’s, I recommend packing all of the paraphernalia for each TV together in a box that is labeled something like, Don’t lose this or you’ll never get your TV working again! We haven’t had television viewing since the move (houses weren’t wired for cable in 1971), and honestly, although I watched a fair amount of it before, I haven’t missed it. My better half, on the other hand, is definitely going through withdrawal… no baseball, no football, no ESPN, no YES. For me, that part of it has been… heaven. Poor John though… the TV’s are taunting him in the same voice that the washer and dryer used on me, only they aren’t quite as nice about it. Yo! Where did you put my clicker? You’re never going to watch the World SeriesÂ this way!
Now asÂ to libations, at some point you are going to want to enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle of beer, but guess what… your corkscrew and bottle opener have run off somewhere with your remote and you will be lucky to find them ever, let alone when you are thirsty. You must prioritize the important things!!! Or simply resign yourself to drinking screw top wine and canned beer.
Another must…spare bedding. You will remember that immediately after the move, we began tearing out carpet, sleeping on a mattress on the floor, while sharing a room with our cats, in a house with no laundry facilities. Believe it or not, this is really not a great way to keep bedding at it’s best. This would explain the very late night trip we took to Walmart to buy a replacement set when we were mad as hell, and just couldn’t take it anymore (or words to that effect).
One thing that I would have to say we did right this time is using clear plastic bins to pack a majority of our things rather than cardboard boxes. On the plus side they are waterproof, nearly indestructible, and you can see what’s in them. On the down side, they don’t seem very environmentally friendly, but I sleep at nightÂ knowing they will be recycled by my daughter and her family when they (plan to) move next spring.