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.