On one hand I hate packing... trying to find boxes and bags that everything will fit in, deciding what to pack in what order, inevitably packing something and then realising you still need to use it, and more often than not "misplacing" numerous important items.
On the other hand packing isn't that bad... finding a range of forgotten and misplaced items, a chance to organise your belongings, an opportunity to clear clutter and best of all it means you're off to someplace new!
Today I want to share with you my number 1 tip for packing, but first, why in the world would you listen to little old me?
Well, I've moved myself around a lot!
My first move was at the start of 2008. I was 17, fresh out of high school and leaving home for the first time. Thankfully my first move was an easy one, going to work as a live-in nanny for a family in a fully furnished house where I was only required to bring personal effects along.
My second, third, fourth and fifth moves were all back and forth between the same place. My room on campus at University. We would move in each year at the end of January and were required to pack up ALL of our stuff and take it home with us for the Christmas holidays, before returning again the next January.
Now, i'm in the middle of organising my seventh move in 7 years.
Ok, let's get to the point...
Packing and moving is no time to get sentimental and unnecessarily attached to physical possessions. Sure, you have your important keepsakes that will always have a place in your home, but you are also likely to be holding onto a wholeeeee lotta junk. It's time to quit holding onto stuff for the hell of it, and throw some crap out!
Haven't worn a shirt for 2 years? Op Shop!
The gift you never even bothered opening the packaging on? Give it away!
The makeup sitting in the back of the cupboard for a year? Chuck it!
Packing is the perfect time to de-clutter. Realistically and honestly evaluate the value and need of any item in your home that you have not displayed/used/worn in the past 2 years. Chances are if you haven't used it in 2 years you won't be using it again any time soon.
Don't be afraid to let go of your physical possessions. Imagine you are in an episode of Hoarders and cut the crap! You will feel better for it, as less junk in your home environment has been linked with a clear mind and less stress.