Thursday, September 14, 2006

Poor man's luggage

Q: How do you make the weather instantly shift from warm summer to chilly fall?
A: Pack up everyone's long pants and jackets, seal the boxes with tape, and stack them under four cartons of books.

The packing is going moderately well. I wanted to share this new tip for moving soft things like pillows. We've long used heavy-duty trash bags for packing. In fact, think I arrived at college with everything I owned stuffed inside them. (Let me tell you, not a good way to make the sorority short list!) What always happens is that I can never figure out what's inside or unknot the ties; I end up ripping holes in every bag upon to find what I need. This time I'm using huge, clear plastic bags instead. Not only do they hold more, but you can see exactly what's inside. They're sold in a janitorial supply store for use in offices. You can buy a large amount for the cost of two boxes of lawn-and-leaf-size Hefty's. If I'm lucky, we'll see if they can even be reused for their intended purpose post-move.


Anonymous said...

But you do not want to use the clear bags to declutter your children's rooms before donating to the thrift store.


Kayla said...

Oh Oh pick me pick me....

I did this when we moved. I used the huge contractor bags, clear of course, for things like pillows and comforters, as you said. I also HATE washing EVERY dish post-move, so I used some taller thinner boxes, lined with these bags & was able to stuf them with pots & pans, bakeware, some of the larger items. Bags of blankets and things are also wonderful for stuffing the little nooks and crannies and for cushioning furniture.

I used large clear rubbermaids and linens to wrap and pack my plates and such. This actually kills THREE birds with 1 stone- clean linens AND dishes & I know exactly which "box" to find (after all, BIG difference between plastic and cardboard).