Ali's Adventures

February 2, 2012

Why is this in the box?

Filed under: Move,Plans — by Alison @ 5:23 pm

As part of our relocation package, we had people pack up our house for us. They managed to pack everything in two days. It’s taking us a lot longer to unpack.

One of the key lessons for any move or really anything at all, is make sure you have the right tools or supplies. The amount of boxes, specialty boxes and packing paper they used was extensive. It meant that they were able to just pack and not make late nights dashes to the store looking for boxes, or pack things in the most random assortment of containers.

The problem with having someone else pack your house for you, is that they don’t know your stuff. Boxes were labelled oddly, things weren’t kept together, and random things that shouldn’t have been packed were in boxes. One box labelled crafts had snowpants, a garage can, and two small Christmas ornament crafts. They also managed to pack the shelves for a storage cupboard we left behind, and the cover for the water pipe hole in the basement. Unwrapping that, was not a pleasant surprise.

Also, knowing that the cost of the move was covered I didn’t do as extensive a purge as I should have. This can also be blamed on moving after Christmas and solo parenting for three months. Now I need to figure out where to donate things here in Seattle.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with how much we’ve unpacked in the past three weeks. There aren’t any boxes in the main living area, or the bedrooms. We even have paintings on the wall. Our momentum has slowed, and there are still boxes cluttering the closets and the office. There are also empty boxes and boxes full of paper cluttering up the hallway. Hoping to empty all the boxes we need to by next weekend, and sort out who can take the boxes.

Wish me luck!





  1. Sounds like you’re getting somewhere – that’s good!! I want to see pictures of the house 🙂

    Comment by Lara — February 2, 2012 @ 5:56 pm |Reply

    • I’ll post pictures soon. First we have to get rid of the empty boxes so we don’t seem to be in need of a hoarder intervention.

      Comment by Alison — February 5, 2012 @ 6:54 pm |Reply

  2. Pictures please! And when I packed there were still a lot of random discoveries when we moved in…several ‘crap I need somewhere to pack this!!’ candle sticks in toy box moments

    Comment by Sara — February 4, 2012 @ 8:13 pm |Reply

    • But I’m sure you labelled the boxes ‘Toys and candle sticks’ 🙂
      Pictures will come soon, once the house is presentable.

      Comment by Alison — February 5, 2012 @ 6:52 pm |Reply

  3. Believe me, there are random discoveries when you pack your own, too. Although the cover for the water pipe… that’s a little odd, to say the least. Hope it didn’t stink up whatever else was in the box!

    Comment by Sasha — February 6, 2012 @ 11:35 am |Reply

  4. We have boxes that are still not unpacked – I think I may not even open them and just give them to Salvation Army. I mean, if we lived without the stuff for this long…ya know?

    Comment by Sharon — February 14, 2012 @ 8:47 am |Reply

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