We only had 16 days to pack up and move. Now, the asterisk on this is that our landlords have had the house we’re renting on the market since April. So, there was always this cloud hanging in the air of “we could be moving” but there was also the possibility that the new owners could take our lease and honor it through December.
But alas, at the beginning of August, the house went under contract. We still didn’t take that as the “you’re moving” sign because you have to get through the inspections and all that negotiating and we just kept waiting for the ball to drop.
But on August 13th, we received an email with our landlord’s signatures agreeing to the terms of them terminating our lease. That day, we put in an application for an apartment and over a week later, go the official go-ahead on it being our new home.
So, the process of packing up was much different this time than it has been in our previous moves. I only had two weeks and we’re pretty sure we’ll not rent a house again, so that caused us to go through things with a different light.
So, we sold our hammock, wagon, outdoor patio furniture and various other things that I was saving for baby #2 that has not joined our family. I also did some furniture pairing down because we’re losing about 400 square feet.
Then, I went to Uhaul and bought boxes, labeling tape, and box tape. The packing process was as follows for week 1: board games, books, decorations and wall hangings, homeschool supplies, outdoor things that we are keeping, various things you like to have on hand but don’t always use (humidifier, heating pad, etc.), office supplies, keepsakes and projects I plan on keeping to finish, kitchen appliances, toys and then clothes. Once we were within an actual week of movers arriving at our house to pack things up, I started actually clearing out and cleaning out rooms so that I could everything a deep clean and fill in nail holes and touch up paint.
Something I did differently this time is that I packed up suitcases of overnight clothes, toiletries, toys for Jacob and then various things that Jim and I like to have out and available (like the books we’re reading, our planners) almost 5 days before we actually needed them. Basically all of the things I keep on our overnight packing list were set aside. We just lived out of those for the last few days, much like we would do on an overnight trip somewhere. I put those suitcases plus the things we would be taking with us (in other words things I wanted access to before the movers unloaded the truck) in our cars for the first night in an empty room so that it was a safe space to have things out without worrying about them getting mixed up or lost in all the boxes. So this included our cleaning supplies, tools, paper products, our suitcases and Jacob’s toys, etc.
We drove down to Austin and I spent the night in the new place on a blow up mattress with our dogs. The moving company didn’t deliver until the next day. On the last move, I forgot to not put their crates in the moving truck. I had to crawl over a ton of boxes to get to them in the moving truck and get them out. I also forgot to keep out a separate pillow for me, so I slept on some wadded up clothes. So you can be sure one of the first things I put in that room was the air mattress, sheets and a pillow. Add that to our overnight suitcases, and cleaning products and I was ready for the first night!