How to Motivate Yourself to Pack

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PackingEfficient, organized packing is essential for a smooth long distance move. Properly wrapping, padding, boxing and crating your belongings will ensure your items arrive in the best condition. Packing can seem daunting, as you look at the years of accumulated memories and belongings, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Interstate moves tend to come with a lot of details that need to be worked out. If you want to distract yourself from packing, there will always be another moving task for you. The short solution is to follow the Nike slogan and ‘just do it.’ That’s easier said than done. Don’t wait until the last minute to pack for your long distance move. Here are some easy tricks to motivate yourself to start packing.

Divide and Conquer: Keep, Sell, Trash

Devise a plan for what you’re going to do with items you decided not to pack. There will likely be items you find hard to place in any of those categories. Organizing and planning will make packing, selling or trashing items that much easier.

Managing your keep, sell and trash piles is especially important in order to eliminate time-wasting distractions. You can spend a lot of time determining how to sell a particular item or where to put the trash pile. Limit your frustration by focusing on preparing piles for each category and leave them be until you are done with each room. Once you’ve packed all the items in a room, then you can easily determine which items can be sold and which items should be discarded.

Organize by Room

Develop a way to label your packing material on a per-room basis. Knowing what room your items came from will not only make packing more efficient, it will also ease the stress on of unpacking at your destination. Be a bit more creative than just writing the name of the room in the same black marker on each box. Consider using a set of Sharpies in different colors and assign a color to each room. You could even have a little fun and draw a specific design for each room on the boxes, such as a sun for items located in the sunroom.

No matter how hard you try, boxes from different parts of the home will get mixed up during the moving process. Having this organization will ensure you won’t be left to wonder what’s in a box or where it goes. It also makes packing easy, as you can pack one room at a time.

Enjoy Hands-Free, Non-Sedentary Distractions

Packing can become repetitive after a while, leading to boredom that slows the process. Don’t let this become demotivating. Engage in an activity that doesn’t require you to sit or use your hands. Listening to music can provide a great source of entertainment. Feel free to dance around your home as you pack for the move. Just make sure to keep the TV off. While you may tell yourself it’s just for background noise, it will be too easy to get distracted by the television.

If you are packing alone, consider calling a friend over for company or using a hands free Bluetooth to speak on the phone. This will provide you with the entertainment of conversation without interfering with your packing. Just be sure to choose a friend who won’t convince you to abandon your mission before it’s done.

Reward Yourself

People often want to give themselves a big reward for accomplishing an entire task, but you should reward yourself for the completion of subtasks as well. Look at each room as its own task, worthy of reward upon completion. This reward could be a small snack or a short walk outside. You could even pour yourself a small glass of wine if you won’t be driving any time soon.

Whatever you do, keep your reward short and don’t let yourself enjoy your small rewards until each task is complete. Plan a larger reward waiting for you when everything has been packed away in the proper box, such as a night out with a friend. With all the work that goes into packing, the best reward may be a good night’s rest.

Packing can seem like a huge task, even with hired help or friends to assist you. Motivate yourself to pack with excellent organization and reward. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for your interstate move and your new home.

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