5 Stages of Packing Your Home
Posted on 5/19/2017 by Stanley Martin Homes
There's almost nothing more satisfying than moving into a new home. The excitement of making a space that you've fallen in love with all your own can almost overshadow the work that lies ahead. Almost, but not quite. While new beginnings are around the corner, you still need to wrap things up at your old home and one of the most daunting tasks of all is packing. Thoughts about the "whats" and "hows" will be darting through your head, so don't despair if you find yourself going through a range of emotions.

First, excitement.

All you're thinking about, talking about and even dreaming about are the days ahead in your new home. You're constantly browsing decor ideas on Pinterest, you're window shopping more than usual and you've pretty much planned the first three dinner parties, all while you need to be packing. Moving into a new house is a thrilling and sometimes hectic time, but eventually you remember to pack. You're completely prepared with boxes, tape guns, permanent markers, bubble wrap and packing peanuts. You got this!

Next, anxiety.

Wow, there are a lot of boxes here. What's the best way to get a tape gun started again? How much cushion is enough for family heirloom dishes? Once the work settles in as truly being work, you may feel your chest tighten whenever someone asks how the move is going. If you're like just about everyone else in the country, you're wondering when you collected so much stuff, and you're definitely doubting that you've purchased enough boxes to hold it all. And then there's that closet. It's the closet you vow to organize every other weekend that holds behind its door double-digit years of disarray and hundreds of dollars in impulse purchases. You will forget about this no-man's-land and will pack it last as the next feeling washes over you.

Then, panic.

This is the part when you take a vow of strict minimalism and contemplate arriving to your new home with nothing but the clothes on your back. Any room is at risk of total purging, and the cupboards are in the gravest of danger. Six "I heart New York" mugs are rashly reduced to a pair while commemorative and promotional dishes find themselves in the donation bin. Organization becomes a luxury as you realize your packing time estimate has fallen short by two days. Picture frames share boxes with pillowcases while a French press finds a space next to office supplies. Your new strategy? Just throw it in a box.

Soon, resolve.

Room by room, your home is being transformed into a sea of cardboard boxes. Progress is evident and this transition is becoming real. Your heartbeat returns to its usual pace and a smile returns to your face upon the mention of moving. You've conquered the feat of packing an entire house and now you're positive you can handle the remaining steps of the process.

And back to EXCITEMENT!

Packed boxes and bubble wrapped mirrors can only mean one thing: You're even closer to moving into your dream home! The most emotionally taxing part is over and now it's time to focus on life in your new house. Murphy's Law is in full effect when moving, so obstacles will inevitably reveal themselves. The good news? Stanley Martin Homes is in your corner throughout the entire process. When you have questions, concerns or uncertainties about transitioning from one home to the next, never hesitate to reach out to our helpful and qualified team.

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