Confession time: I’m a lazy mover. It’s a sad fact, considering how many places I’ve lived. I tend to get rid of stuff rather than carry it somewhere new. (I even wrote a post about what I won’t be packing.) And worst of all, I tend to pack things in garbage bags rather than boxes, with little to no packing material.
So, moving somewhere only accessible by tiny plane is a challenge for someone like me. Furniture will be provided, but everything else must be mailed in. And, since it will be hard to replace most items once I get there, I want to make sure nothing breaks. I mailed my first 18-gallon tote this past weekend, and this was the process…
First things first, heed this warning.
It may be tempting to mail your children rather than splurge on their airline tickets, but this is not advisable.
Next, choose your packing material. For this tote, I used socks, oatmeal, and dry beans.
Fill the tote.
Then have a friend drill holes in the tote, secure with zip ties, and add Gorilla tape. Thanks, Marc! (Fun fact: I had my Skype job interview in this very tire store. It was fun explaining to the interviewer why there was a fish on the wall behind me.)
Finally, write your school address on the lid. Also make sure to number your totes and keep an inventory of what’s in each one. Tote 1 contains a combination of hard and soft materials:
- kitchen utensils
The lady at the Post Office didn’t look at me too strangely when I brought in this tote. She did, however, charge me $62 to ship 38 pounds at the slowest possible rate. Yuck! Thankfully, I’m only planning to send about five of these.
Please pray that everything arrives, intact, by August 6th!