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Staying Organized On Moving Day & Free Printable Packing Labels

Deme Crinion6 Comments
This post is about 3 months overdue!  In October we did a 31 day series on moving. where we shared about moving prep ideas, getting your house for the market, tips for planning a house hunting trip, keeping a house staged during the sale process without going insane, some of the projects we did to get the house sale ready, and lots of printables for a moving binder to keep you organized and non-crazy.  As much as possible anyway.

But we wrapped up the series before we actually moved.   So, I'm going to tack this moving day post onto the others, making it a rogue 32 post series.  And after using the printables for our own move, we also made some tweaks to a few of the downloads and moving labels.  Hopefully, they'll be a little more user friendly now! (Download links are at the bottom of this post).


Quick recap: we decided to cut costs by doing the packing ourselves and just had the movers load and unload.   Which secretly made me happy because I wanted to use my own labels and inventory system (which I shared here).  Not because I'm OCD or have control issues or anything...

Leading up to moving day, Mia spotted me with stickers.  Bright, colorful stickers.  And she needed to be involved with whatever I was doing with them. 

I was making a color-coded moving key, a project she promptly took over.  
Turns out it looked much more sweet with 5 yr old handwriting and was much more thought out too....."Of course the boxes for my room should have a pink sticker because that's my favorite color.  But should it be bright pink or light pink?  Bright is more cheerful, so that will be for my room."  The girl is thorough.

Each room was assigned a color and a corresponding sticker or piece of tape was placed in the lower right hand corner of each packing label. I drew theses up in photoshop for our move and they work with the Avery White Shipping Labels 3-1/3" x 4" (6 to a page).  Much easier than our old version that you had to cut out by hand.

(Download a sheet here)
As I packed each box, I would assign it a number, write down the contents, and mark which floor and room it would be heading to on the receiving side.

I did this on the packing label and on the box inventory sheet.

It was very easy to pack a few boxes one day, then pick up right where we left off the next.

This was my set up on moving day...
Although we packed, we had to leave the boxes open for the movers to do a quick check before sealing them up.  So having extra labels, all our inventory sheets, and some extra supplies on hand helped us stay mostly organized right up to the end. 

Something else I wish I knew  - the movers mentioned that we didn't pack some of the boxes full enough.  They like them packed a little above the top edge with soft things like towels, clothes, pillows at the very top to squish down.  Everything nice a snug.  Which means we basically unpacked a box of clothes and ran around filling the other boxes with them at the last minute.

If you use a moving company, they will have their own inventory sheet and give you a final copy.  You can pop this in your moving binder and have both ready when your shipment arrives.   I also did my best to clean behind the movers as they went, but loading a moving truck is like a game of Tetris.  They don't load all the boxes from one room at a time, they look for boxes or furniture from all over the house that's the right size, shape and weight as they go, to pack the truck as securely as possible.  But do try to leave your vacuum and a "pack last, open first" box of basic cleaning and household supplies (think TP and a shower curtain) for last, so that they'll be the first things off the truck on the other end.


About an hour before the moving truck arrived at the new place with our stuff,  I went into all the rooms and taped up signs I had made and printed before we left New Mexico.  I typed the name of each room as it would appear on the packing label in the same color font as the sticker on the label.  

So, all the labels for Bedroom #2 would have a hot pink sticker, hence the hot pink sign text. I did my best to put these in the easiest place to spot them from the hallway.

Since we were also moving into a split-level home with three different levels, I made a key for which boxes  were going to which floor.  I used the corresponding sticker color font here too.
We taped these up at each entrance to the house the movers might come through, and on the wall by the stairs.  When someone came in with a box with a blue sticker labeled "Bedroom #1" they could take a quick look at the sheet as they entered the house and know they were heading upstairs.  Then they would have the signs like the bedroom photo above for further guidance.

It's been three months and our move still feels like some fuzzy memory that may or may not have actually happened.  Things just went so fast, but having these printables and a moving binder to help organize the sale of one house, the purchase of another and all the moving parts in between truly was a life saver.  I hope they can be a help to you too!  Download away!

Updated Packing label sheets | Updated Contact List | Full Moving Binder Packet (ombre) | Full Moving Binder Packet (color block) |

*You can catch the full 32-Day Moving Series right here!

*Some affiliate links used

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!

Back In The Land of the Connected Internet....So Welcome To The New Place!

Deme Crinion14 Comments
I've never considered myself one who's attached to her gadgets or needs to be near the computer all the time; HOWEVER, over a week without internet (just the trusty 3G network on my phone), was more than enough of an internet hiatus for me.

Especially when you're moving into a new place and need to do things uniform orders online, email your child's teacher, check order statuses for shipped items, yada, yada, yada.  But enough complaining...I've missed you!! And the world wide web is alive and well again here, so let's catch up!

Now that everything has officially closed on our new Ohio digs, I can finally share pics of the new place!  Most of these were taken the day the mover's delivered our things.  You'll see my OCD the color coded signs identifying each room with it's coordinating colored boxes (more on that in a post I'll add to the Moving Series we wrapped up last month).

I was going to give you a full blown house tour, house plans, and a "how we're adjusting" post, but that would be a major whopper.  We'll keep this one to house tour/general plans and save our family's adjustment for another day.

Enough of the chit chat, right?!  Come on in!  Well, first walk on up...

First of all, we are so thankful that we were able to buy a home in our new city.  We bought this 1979 split level house that sits on a corner lot.  Originally we were eying cul-de-sac locations for the slower traffic and larger yards.  Here we found that most corner lots had big front yards and itty bitty backyards....kind of like a reverse mullet - big party in the front, nothin in the rear (maybe an angled bob??). Then we stumbled onto this gem with two large yards and walking distance to huge parks/walking trails
I'll have to get a better shot of the front and dish about what I'm dreaming up for the exterior....which is definitely not a project we'll be tackling anytime soon.  There's damage to some of the siding due to brick damage on the chimney, so we'll have to address mason work and exterior paint down the line.  The only thing we're tackling outside right now, are those leaves.

As soon as you enter the front door there's a generous entry and a sunken living room.  It's very much like our last house with a melting pot of flooring throughout....carpet, tile, other carpet, 3 different types of laminate...
One of the lessons learned from our NM place is that it's so much easier to deal with floors before you are moved in and settled.  Soooooo, we took advantage of those Black Friday sales and have a nice stack of flooring ready to go in this weekend!  We're not doing the whole house.  Just the main living area, upper level hallway, and stairs.  Hopefully, pics to come next week!

Aside from floors, we love the extra height in this room and the cozy vibe thanks to the sunken floors.  My main man stands at 6'4" so he appreciates the extra head clearance the most. 

Around the corner and a step back up is the dining room.  My mind is reeling with wall treatment ideas for this area behind the piano and the adjoining wall to the dining room to unify the spaces.  But for now, we're thankful for neutral wall color.
(That door to the right leads to the garage)

This dining area is actually pretty small, but the raised ceiling and french doors give it some extra space and room to breath...
See that green peaking through that doorway?  Yeah, that's the kitchen/family room.  Let's check it out...

Behold, our very green kitchen. I think this area was an add-on back in the 90's.  The cabinets are a really nice quality with pull out shelving.  BUT...that enormous hood drives me nuts.  Especially when trying to talk to your extra-tall husband on the other side. If we end up staying here awhile, we have big plans to expand the kitchen and move the oven over to the wall. Not a major reno, just build on what they've already started. 

I do however, love the sink that looks right into the backyard.

And this built-in desk as you move into the family room...perfect homework spot for the kiddos.

And the family room itself has an awesome fireplace and a great dance space..
But terrible lighting.

There's also this odd built-in that divides the two rooms, but it's come in handy for storing serving dishes and table linens

Just off the family room is a half bath...
 ...and the laundry room. 

Then it's around the corner past a coat closet and back to the front. One big loop - good for kiddos running laps.

Here's a better shot of the front door (where I was standing for the living room pics).  That stair way to right leads up to the bedrooms and the left side goes down to the basement.  Clearly we need some sort of drop zone..or a maid. 

Going up there are three brightly colored bedrooms....none of which worked out according to the new resident's wish list.

The only room big enough to fit both boys is the purple room.  Which Sully describes as "Disgusting!!  Ew! Phla!  Yuck!"

He wants this green one that belongs to Mia.  Which she wants pink.

The yellow room is mine. A whole entire room just for me - craziness! Think office.  Think girly. Think sewing and crafts. Think no boys/kids allowed.  But don't think yellow.  Nothing against yellow, I just have a different pallet in mind for this space.

Down the hall is a linen closet, full bath (for the kids), and the master bedroom.

It's light and bright and a big blank slate for now.  It will probably stay that way until we've lived here awhile and have a better idea of what we want to do in there.

By far, my favorite part of this room is beyond those sunlit extra large balcony where you will find me with a cup of coffee neglecting all my home and motherly duties (there's a view of it in the backyard pic later in the post).

The other half of that stairway leads to the finished basement and 5th bedroom.

This extra space is amazing.  Like game changing amazing.  The rest of the house is almost exactly the same size as our previous home (2400 sqft) but these extra rooms have allowed us to split up rooms that used to serve double duty, into their own spaces.  Meaning....James will finally have a true man cave.

And our guests won't have to dodge piles of fabric and football wristbands like they used to in our old shared office.  Well, not entirely.  This will also be James' workspace.  On days he works from home, we'll be able to close the door to the basement and keep the kids out of his way. 

Now, lets not forget the garage, because seriously, THAT STORAGE!!  So happy about that.  It's all empty, just waiting to be cleaned and filled.

I didn't grab a pic of the backyard yet but this is the one from the listing, courtesy of Sibcy Cline.  The play structure came with the house and there's that view of the master bedroom's balcony.  *sigh*
I think we might all live out here during the warmer area for the kids, deck for Mom, and a grill for Dad.  Good suff.

We certainly won't mind being inside either!  Although we sacrificed some space in the bedrooms (they are all smaller than our previous home), we gained a ton of living space and as our kids grow it feels like a home that can grow well with them.  A home this large in NM probably would have been out of our price range, but thanks to a lower cost of living and catching this house at the right time in a slowing market during our house hunting trip, we feel incredibly blessed to call this place home.  I can't wait to share more of our plans and this neighborhood with you!

We've held off on unpacking too much since we'll need to move things around during the flooring install.  It's giving us plenty of time to think about how we want the rooms to function and how to put our personal stamp on things.  So many plans are floating around in my head and if I shared them all with James, his head might just explode.  Small doses.  Regardless of project plans, we just love the way this house feels.  And that is the best kind of place to call home.

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!

Ohio or Bust.....and Our Best Thanksgiving Table Yet!

Deme Crinion3 Comments
We've officially landed in Ohio!  And by landed, I mean the car has stopped.

We had a ridiculous plan....push through the night, alternating the driving, and make it from NM to OH in 24hrs.

That was before the choas of moving day almost did us in, and the January-esque cold front that iced over the mid-west in November.

But lets back up to moving day...

The movers arrived right on time at 8am.  We opted to pack ourselves to save on the final bill, so all the movers had to do was load and take care of our larger furniture items.  Easy enough, right?

Well, the night before moving day we still had a few unpacked items in the garage and about half of the office to finish up by morning.  And, we ran out of boxes.  And it was too late to get more.  And no place was open for boxes large enough before 8am.

Fortunately, the movers had no problem working around those unfinished areas since the majority of the house was ready to go.  As I was about to load up the kids in the car to grab more boxes and breakfast, James was carrying a large cracked bucket of paint out of the garage and it exploded onto the driveway.  A massive amount of paint covering one side of the driveway as the movers were setting up their ramp on the other side. Fun times.

We made the mistake of using the hose to attempt washing some of it down...which sent it all into the gutter where the truck was parked and right into the movers' walking path.

Also.  Did I mention that when the movers pulled up the boys went out with James to greet them, and Sully decided that nature's call could not wait, and promptly dropped trou in the front courtyard to take care of business?  I forgot to mention that? Right.

I had no idea how we were going to manage to pack up the remaining items, make gobs of paint disappear, manage the move, and clean the house, all while keeping the kids out of the way of...well, everything.

As I pulled away from the house, trying not to lose it in front of the kids, I got a text from a friend offering to watch the kids while the movers were there.  A gift.  And another friend watched the kids for us in the afternoon.  So ,James and I had the entire day to finish packing, address the paint "incident", and manage the remainder of the move with our undivided attention.  We truly could not have made it through that day without the generosity of good friends - thank you so much, Gals!!

Not only did they watch the kids, but they crafted ornaments for our Christmas tree with them, had binders with car activities ready, and sent us with cookies for the drive.  We are seriously blessed.

Immediately after the movers finished, we drove to the Title company and signed the closing documents for the sale of the house.  We headed back for a quick cleaning and closed her up for the last time.  The day was such a complete non-stop rush that I barely had a moment to snap a few pics with my phone and say goodbye.

So many treasured memories were made in this home and part of me still can't believe that we will never walk through that door and take off our shoes in that home again. 

The stress of moving day, the frenzied packing from those final days, and my week alone with the kids while James traveled to OH, left us thoroughly exhausted in every way.  We were emotionally spent and physically drained.

We decided a non-stop drive to OH just wasn't happening.   Those activity binders sure came in handy.

We only made it the four hours to Amarillo that first night, and hoped for more progress on day two.  But Oklahoma greeted us with gusty, biting winds and ice, ice, and more ice.
We saw so many jack-knifed semi's on the side of the road and at one point were in a parking lot on I-40 for about 2 hours (inching a total of 5 miles) while they cleared out yet another accident due to icy road conditions.  We were thankful just to make it safely to Tulsa on our second night. 

More of these babies (best stay-awake driving snack ever) and a good full day of driving put us just east of Indianapolis by our third night. 

That left us with just under 2 hours to drive to Dayton the last day.  Best driving day by far! 

We put an offer on a house in Ohio the day after we accepted an offer on our house in New Mexico, but weren't scheduled to close on the Ohio home until Nov 29th.  In the meantime, we've been completely spoiled/blessed/spoiled/thankful/spoiled to have a friend of James' aunt offer us her fully furnished guest house (that typically puts up business travelers for their company) until we can move into our new place.  

And it's not just furnished, it's beautifully furnished.  A 1920's gem straight out of a Pottery Barn magazine and cozy to boot.   It's been so wonderful to just sit and decompress from the blur of these past few months.  The Keurig and I are BFF's.

These phone pics don't do it justice, but maybe I can convince her to let me do a legit house crash tour with the big girl camera before we go. 

After much praying and hoping, we signed the closing docs for the new place and the movers delivered the majority of our household goods TODAY.  Just under the Thanksgiving wire!  I don't have a pretty tablescape to share this year, but a table cloth over a couple of moving boxes might just be the best Thanksgiving table we've had to date.  My Gratitude List is a long one this year. 

Now that we've officially closed on the house, I can finally share pics of the new place along with all the scheming and planning we've been up to!  But first, a day to enjoy with those we love and cherish most.  A very Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!!

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!

State Of This Home

Deme Crinion2 Comments
Thanks for bearing with me as we've been in a full fledged packing flail this past week!  We finally set a date with the moving company and they will be knocking on our door in 4 days - ACK!!!  We opted to save a bit by packing ourselves, so we've been scouring craigslist for boxes....

Making lists....

And color coding to our hearts' desire.  And by we, I mean Mia and I.  She made our color-coded packing legend and it's just too sweet to redo....

James had to be in Ohio for a few meetings last week, so he took the opportunity to drive his car there.  He left the car in OH and flew back so we could make the final trip out as a family in one vehicle.  If you follow us on Instagram you probably saw that car loaded up with things we might need before movers deliver our household goods.  And some sweet goodbye hugs...

I had plans to exploit my child laborers and pack this whole place up while he was gone those 5 days.  HA!  Delusional?  Overambitious?  In denial that I have children?  Call it what you will, but "pack up the whole house" looked more like get the boxes and pack up 3 of them.  Real overachievers here.

James got home on Saturday morning and we made some decent progress over the weekend.  Now the rest of the packing/patching/painting/cleaning begins!  We're all getting excited to actually begin this adventure! 

But our excitement is dampened by the severe weather hitting that part of the nation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those communities, especially the people of Washington, IL. 

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!