Anxiety of Packing and Unpacking ~~
The anxiety of packing and unpacking is a real thing. Many people think because I am a home organizer that I have my act together. Well, let me tell you that being organized and having your act together are two totally different things. Over the years I have learned a few tips and tricks by difficult life lessons; moving is one of them.
The first time that my husband and I moved, the very nice older ladies on my street decided that they would help. That was nice of them. The problem was that nothing was labelled. I didn’t know where anything was. We put our furniture and boxes into storage while we saved for our first home. The packing was my first anxiety.
When we were ready to move, unpacking become another anxiety. I have no clue why or how things were boxed the way they were. Why would you put the coffee pot in with books and the bath towels in with the kitchen utensils?
For many of my clients packing their closet can kind of feel like that little carton of fried rice. You are sure there is not enough to feed one person. When you empty the rice onto a plate you realize it can feed about 5 people. The response is usually, “How did I collect so much stuff?”
After the movers have left ~~
After the movers have left there are boxes stacked several high and you have no idea where to begin or what is in them. The solution: go out to eat and when you get back you will feel better. One problem with that, when you come back, the boxes are still there!
So, what is the solution. A plan should be made. You may need to step away and breathe and then you get to it. Open one box at a time to see what’s in it and start unpacking. Having an idea on where you want things to go, does help. Remember if you have more stuff than space you may consider purging. Yep, that can be a dirty word.
In my own experience of moving and renovating, I have packed and unpacked many times. For most families the goal is to be able to cook, find their clothes, and have the bed made to sleep in. Initially if your packing and labeling is done properly then the unpacking will be a little easier. The best plan for unpacking is to have others help you. If you don’t have family close, professional organizers like myself are there to assist with a smile on their face. For me, I’ll have a smile and a cup of coffee in tow. Cheers and enjoy your day.
Lisa Giesler, Speaker, Professional Organizer, and Author of Uncluttered :discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life.