THE ART OF MOVING

I’m not going to lie. When I was younger, I absolutely hated the thought of moving because moving meant packing, cleaning, boxing, taping, moving heavy boxes, organizing (wait, I love organizing!), etc. I was ready to live in one place FOREVER just so I didn’t have to move. Fortunately, my mentality about moving has changed, and I don’t mind rummaging through my stuff and weeding out what I don’t want or need.

I FOUND A BOX! READY TO MOVE!

I FOUND A BOX! READY TO MOVE!

Even though I don’t like the physical labor of moving, I don’t mind the packing and organizing part (I’m a nerd). My last two moves were pretty simple – one move had me traveling down half a block from a two-bedroom townhome to a one-bedroom apartment. The last move had me sharing space with my husband and my two cats. I would like to think both moves were pretty well organized, but I could be wrong.

Despite my excitement and nervousness, I’m ready to move. I’m ready to pack, sort, rummage, tape, and organize. I’m so ready. I started organizing and boxing stuff up in my mind when Charlie began applying to companies outside Wisconsin. He’s not thrilled about the moving process, but that’s OK because I am. All he needs to do is pack his electronic supplies and whatnot, and I’m willing to take care of the rest. Seriously.

RILEY: "YOU'RE TAKING ME WITH YOU, RIGHT? WELL, JUST IN CASE YOU FORGET, I'LL JUST SIT RIGHT HERE."

RILEY: “YOU’RE TAKING ME WITH YOU, RIGHT? WELL, JUST IN CASE YOU FORGET, I’LL SIT RIGHT HERE IN THIS BOX THAT DOESN’T EVEN FIT ME.”

I have an important question: Should I box and move Charlie’s old clothes? I’m 75% sure I will have a chance to refashion them after the move. Or should I just donate his clothes? Pack more? Pack Less? I already have a ton of boxes containing my various projects and other crafts. Do I really need more potential projects? *sigh* I think I have my answer to my question. Donate Charlie’s old clothes.

Not to mention, I have a really bad habit of starting new projects before completing the current ones. For example, I started four new quillows and I have four quillows in progress. Am I alone with this bad habit? My mind can be sidetracked so easily, especially when I see red clearance tags or a super good deal. In a perfect world, I would complete all my projects before starting new ones.

I'VE GOT THE ESSENTIALS FOR PACKING ... SCISSORS, PACKING TAPE, POPCORN, AND A LINT ROLLER.

I’VE GOT THE ESSENTIALS FOR PACKING … SCISSORS, PACKING TAPE, LOTION, POPCORN, AND A LINT ROLLER.

The last thing I really want to do is start cluttering our new place when I know I’ll have that opportunity further down the road. Moving gives me a fantastic reason to weed out all the old and unused stuff but also leaves the door wide open for other possibilities and opportunities. OK, breathe, Jennifer. I’m ready to organize and pack! Now, where did I put that packing tape …

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