Sunday, March 15, 2009

Les Frenchies

We've spent most of weekend packing. Kyle and I have been stressed out about packing, both individually and together, so many times that this time around we decided we are not letting it happen. We have already decided which pieces of furniture we are keeping, which clothing items we are taking with us and most of our decorative possessions have been packed away. We are placing everything in boxes and marking them properly so we wouldn't have a hard time unpacking in Memphis come August.

This is one of Kyle's boxes. It contains books by French philosophers AND... his brown sweater.

If you've got any good packing and/or moving tips... send them my way.


  1. Petya, don't forget to make a detailed list of all the packages and their contents.

    And, just a question, are packing now for moving in August?

  2. Sonya:
    THANKS! That's such a good idea. We are moving to Germany at the end of the month, will be living in Germany for 4 months, and then we fly back to move to Memphis. It's going to be a busy summer.

  3. Make sure you have a box of VERY COOL clothes readily accessible for Memphis in August. The heat is brutal here! And you and Kyle will have at least a couple of semi-formal (by which I mean coat-and-tie/dress-and-heels, not "formal") events to attend in your first week or two here.

    Kyle will also need his regalia for Convocation, but if you can rent regalia if you don't own it.

  4. Ooooh, Dr. J, FASHION advice! I LIKE!!!

    I've been trying to get him to blog... to no avail. I miss his writing, too!!!

    Also, what is "regalia"?

  5. It seems like you've got a system for book packing down. I've started to keep my shelves alphabetically again for the sake of packing. I keep everything in order in the boxes, number each box (books 1-9 or whatever) and unpack in order. It makes unpacking SO MUCH faster. It also helped me to find a box that accidentally got lost in my father's barn during my last move (books 4, very important!).

    I also label the destination on the corner of each box so that moving helpers can put it in the right place without needing to ask.

    Good luck!

    p.s. Academic regalia is the formal dress for ceremonies like commencement (hood, robe, caps and tassles, etc.). I know some people like it, but I think it's a little silly.

  6. My other name for my regalia is "my funny PhD outfit." And I LOVE it!

  7. Oh, moving... I've lost count of how many times I've had to do it, I think about 20. Here's a few tips you are probably familiar with, but anyway:
    * Get more strong packing boxes than you think you will need.
    * Reinforce the bottom of each box.
    * Use clean, white crumpled up paper for padding.
    * Use towels, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items.
    * Wrap very small items in bright colored tissue/paper so they won't get lost.
    * Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically - not stacked.
    * Make a master list of all household items and personal belongings.
    * Number boxes when they are packed and sealed.
    * Label each box and its room destination.
    * Write the contents of numbered boxes on your master list.
    * Pack room-by-room, keeping similar items together.

    I hope it helps and good luck! :)))

  8. OH WOW! You people are PROs at this!!! I am so glad I asked!