PACKING ON A SCHEDULE
Packing can be a nightmare no matter how you look at it. However, many people find that it is easier to pack up if it is done on a schedule. What this means is that you choose a certain amount to pack every day or every night. What this does is break up the extra big job into smaller chunks that may be more manageable for you. This all depends on how you like to operate.
Packing on a schedule isn't going to work for everyone. If you have trouble sticking to a schedule then this can be hard for you. Many people actually work better under pressure and procrastinate until the last minute. You might find that you actually get the job done better if you leave the packing all until the day before and pack all day, all night with minimal breaks. Some people like the 'cram' and if this is how you operate, then great!
Many people, on the other hand, want to avoid this situation in any way possible because they have other things to worry about, like how to transport their pets. If you are busy and already multi tasking work with other chores, then you might find it easier to spend an hour a night packing for the next two weeks. And the way to do this is to have a plan in place and stick to it. This is where packing on a schedule can be good. However, you need to remain motivated to actually get the amount done every day and not put it off until the last minute.
Setting a Packing Routine
There are several different ways to pack on a schedule. Essentially, what you are doing is you are looking at the big picture, breaking it down into smaller chunks and then making a quota for how much you do on a daily basis. If you have ten rooms to pack, you might pack one room for the next ten days. You may wish to start in the spare room on Monday, tackle the kid's room on Tuesday, pack up the kitchen on Wednesday, do the living room on Thursday, the bathrooms on Friday and your bedroom on Saturday all ready for a Sunday move. This is only one of the options you have when packing on a schedule.
One of the things to consider when you are choosing what to pack and when are what you will need. Pack a bag of the items you will need for the next little while, such as shampoo, toiletries and clothing and leave these items until the last minute. That way you do not have to open already packed boxes just to get to these items.
Many people will do the kitchen last. After all, you will probably want to cook as much as the food in your pantry and fridge as possible to avoid bringing all of this stuff with you. Again, this is entirely up to you and you may be happy to eat takeaway for the next three days as your utensils are already packed in a box in the corner.
There are other ways to pack besides going from room to room. For example, you might want to pack breakables on Monday, linen on Tuesday, clothing on Wednesday, books and toys on Thursday, kitchen tools on Friday and furniture on Saturday ready for a Sunday move. What this means is that you go from room to room packing up like items. Again, this is only one of the many ways to go about packing on a schedule and getting the packing done over time rather than all at once.