A Moving Day
I remember when I was a kid we’d go to Long Beach, California every Summer to stay with my grandparents. I remember opening up my Grandma Miki’s fridge and seeing little rectangles of yellow notepad paper taped to each shelf. Her perfect penmanship and cursive lettering wrote out for drinks, produce, dressings, and more. Her house was always so clean and organized, but still homey and livable. I would run my fingers over the labels and study all her ingredients. My grandpa would tell me to shut the fridge because I was “rolling quarters out the door!” Something about that fridge made me feel at home and comfortable and also have a sense of respect for her. Like this unspoken conversation that everything had a perfect place with her and she wanted me to be in on the secret.
After I got married I realized just what this whole labeling system was all about. Do you know what will kill your organization faster than an unsupervised toddler? When you’re the only family member who knows what that system is. I realized no matter how much I love a system it is only worthwhile if it can be repeated again and again. Cue my obsession with a label maker! I am teaming up with DYMO to talk about the DYMO Handheld Personal Label Maker to make sure that everyone in my family is in on the secret, too!
I grabbed mine at my local Walmart and grabbed the white and clear to help me get ready to move! My husband and my kids will 100% of the time put something back “wrong” (at least wrong to me) if I don’t show them the system. So it was about a year into my marriage that I started labeling the heck out of everything. (cue multiple restocks of DYMO’s refill labels!) Linen closets, drawers, file and medicine cabinets, and yes, the fridge. A few features I love about the LetraTag : It comes with a magnetized holster so you can easily store it in a drawer, on the fridge, wall, or wherever you need it most. It also has a split paper backing so it’s so easy to remove the paper behind the label. If you’ve ever messed with the non-split kind you know how hard it is to try and peel off! For those with small kids: I love that this DYMO LetraTag has a whole slew of symbols too so if you feel like you want to create a system but maybe your kids can’t read, this is an awesome alternative!
Even though we have a while before the big move I have been taking one project a week to really declutter and organize. Using the LetraTag to mark everything up super clearly and I am hoping to pack only with reusable bins! You can rent them from moving companies and I love that it’s more eco-friendly and sturdy, too! It might be more but at least I am saving money with the LetraTag right? It’s so affordable! I am hoping starting now will make it just a little bit easier when it comes time to really pack and also GET RID of the stuff that I know doesn’t need to come along with us. If you’re coming up on a move soon, I’m including the schedule I am following below!
So starting now, which is about 4 months out from our move (we think!) Start from the top and work your way down doing one of these things each week as you get closer to the big day!
★Research schools, after school activity teachers and lessons. Get on waiting lists and apply for programs.
★Put away too small clothing, pull out the next size up and collect all bins in one place. Donate everything you don’t want to pack. Label by size and gender.
★Sort, donate or pack away all seasonal clothing for each family member.
★Pack all seasonal sports or yard equipment. Label accordingly.
★Pack all books, music and other media that you don’t need for a bit.
★Sort, dejunk donate and pack any toys that have gone unused. Leave the key players out, pack the rest.
★Sort through, dejunk and pack files, and office supplies. Sort through cords and chargers and trash what doesn’t have a mate.
Hopefully this list will help me be extra organized and when it comes time to really pack up I won’t be wasting time sorting through things and dejunking. Everything will be already deemed essential and it can be packed up more seamlessly!
If organizing is on your New Year’s agenda, be sure and grab the DYMO LetraTag and refill labels at Markurlife!