Tackle it Tuesday – Packing an Overseas Move

by Carmen

I cannot believe it took me from 7am to to 11pm to pack out my entire house and scrub it clean. Of course I had the help of five Sicilian men to do all the actual packing, wrapping, and lifting.

The blue truck that holds my things hostage.

They were awesome, and used a crazy amount of golden tape to hold together my life’s possessions.

The packers used 10-12 rolls of this golden tape.

I did a fantastic job at sorting through everything in order to find what I need when I unpack in San Diego. I have done 5 moves in 5 years and I love putting everything into plastic baggies.

Baggies make for less digging while unpacking.

Above all, I made sure to keep all of my chargers in a special box to later put in my suitcase.  I lose chargers constantly. So this time, I was thinking ahead.

So my house is packed and I go to check my phone to see if my husband has called (he is deployed to Africa), and my phone is dead.

No big deal, I know I packed my charger in my special charger box.

The one charger that REALLY did not make it in was my camera charger, which is why I used my Blackberry cam.

I get to the hotel, and have to carry both boys up to the room. Aiden is knocked out cold, and Eric is wants up. I cave, and carry the 4 and 3 year old boys weighing in at about 70lbs total into the hotel, down a hall, upstairs and to our room. I am sweating bullets and reeking of bleach.

I waddle down the hall with dead-weight Aiden on my hip, and Eric sliding down my other leg. I open the door and plop both boys down on the bed. The ONLY bed. I asked for two queens…and instead, got one queen bed. No biggie.

They are adorable...and heavy.

When Eric falls asleep, I dart down to the car, get my laptop and my box of chargers to juice up my phone. But alas, the phone charger is not there. I calm myself down and think “I will buy one in the morning. No biggie.” So I reach for my laptop.

But where is the charger? I look in the charging box. Nothing. The movers, they packed it! My lifeline! How will I communicate with the world? How will I answer emails? How will I check the blog?

I curse the movers and curse myself for letting them pack my charger. I move to my bag to get some leftover Halloween candy (that I made sure I had), and then – ta-dah! My laptop charger! I did pack it. Sorry Sicilian packers.

Good think I kept my dictionary. All of my boxes are labeled in Italian.

I then plug in my laptop and cannot get online. I need a code. I need the internet. I need it to write a post, THIS POST! It is already past 11pm, so I forgo the phone and head downstairs to get my code.

I am online!

I need a drink.

I go to the random box to get a beer that the Sicilian movers did not take. To my shock there is my phone charger! My lovely phone charger and magically I am reconnected to all outlets of technology.

It is like Christmas morning, but with chargers, and internet codes, and neon green lights that say “Success” everywhere.

Now that I am finished tackling my Tuesday by sending away my life, I have to wonder: Why the heck did I need a special charger box in the first place?

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Carmen is the mother of two boys, Aiden (4) and Eric (3). She is a seasoned web writer, avid social networker, and proud military wife.

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1 Marni November 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

I’m actually impressed you did it in that amount of time (and so organized!). There is no way I could pack my house in a 24 hour period. Way too much crap here!

Here is my tackle this week:

http://marnisorganizedmess.blogspot.com/2010/11/tackle-it-tuesday-57-wedding-rings.html

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2 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:17 am

Hi Marni! Thanks for joining us! So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :) http://www.5minutesformom.com/29418/tackle-it-tuesday-packing-an-overseas-move/

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3 Ginger November 9, 2010 at 12:13 am

San Diego? That’s where I live! Not sure if you have ever lived here before, but San Diego has an awesome blogger and social media scene. Good luck with the move – I can’t imagine doing it alone w/ two small boys. Welcome to SD!

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4 Carmen November 9, 2010 at 6:20 am

Thanks Ginger! Ive never lived in San Diego, but Im from Monterey originally. I would love to get connected with the SD blogging scene!

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5 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

Thanks for tackling Ginger! So fun that you are in San Diego too. Maybe you and Carmen will get to hang out! :)

So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :) http://www.5minutesformom.com/29418/tackle-it-tuesday-packing-an-overseas-move/

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6 Michelle November 9, 2010 at 1:12 am

I am very impressed…24 hours? I seriously would need at least 2 weeks. It sounds like you are a pro. I am so glad you found your chargers!

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7 Carmen November 9, 2010 at 6:24 am

Well sorting took me a good week, but making sure like things were in like places, and getting all the last minutes stuff ready like the silverware and dishes was a real struggle – especially since i kept wanting to drink my Theraflu and kept getting mugs and spoons dirty (yes, battling a cold at the same time…hoping it doesnt turn into bronchitis!)…i am sooooo exhausted, and passed my housing inspection luckily. Now off to run around some more!

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8 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

Thanks for joining us Michelle! So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :) http://www.5minutesformom.com/29418/tackle-it-tuesday-packing-an-overseas-move/

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9 Florence November 9, 2010 at 3:44 am

You did great! The kids and you are safe and everything’s packed. Hope the unpacking goes just as well, :)

http://www.justwriting.net/2010/11/tackle-it-tuesday-mountain-of-toys.html

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10 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

Hi Florence – just wanted to say thanks for tackling here and so sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :) http://www.5minutesformom.com/29418/tackle-it-tuesday-packing-an-overseas-move/

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11 Dominique November 9, 2010 at 4:40 am

You did a great job packing. Packing a chest of drawers full of clothes already takes me a week!

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12 Carmen November 9, 2010 at 6:27 am

I packed all the clothes in huge plastic bins, putting away all the seasonal clothes we don’t use. Then I packed my suitcase of stuff I would commit myself to wearing for the next 2 months, and packed the rest. I just have to stay away from the store to not buy more clothes and just remember to keep washing washing washing. Such a pain, but there is no other way!

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13 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

Hi Dominique – thanks for coming by!

If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :) Sorry they were missing last night.

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14 5 Minutes for Books November 9, 2010 at 6:49 am

We are moving next month, so I have been tackling clutter! We’ve been here 6 years, which is longest we’ve been in one house since we got married 17 years ago. I’m trying to purge stuff that I know I don’t want to move (and wonder why I’ve let it clutter up my house for all these years!!)

Moving is awesome as far as getting rid of stuff goes!

Jennifer

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15 Lolli November 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

Wow! That is impressive. I can’t imagine how much time it would take me to pack up and move my house. Maybe we’ll just stay here forever.

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16 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

I know – packing makes me cringe!

Thanks for joining us! So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :)

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17 Susie's Homemade November 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

Awesome tackle!!

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18 Susie's Homemade November 9, 2010 at 8:57 am
19 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

Thanks for joining us Susie! So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :) http://www.5minutesformom.com/29418/tackle-it-tuesday-packing-an-overseas-move/

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20 RebeccaC November 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

Hoot!!! I can SOOO relate to this!

Every trip, all my chargers, cables, etc. are SUPPOSED to be in the side pocket of my laptop.

Then all I have to do is remember where I packed the laptop! jajaja

Good job keeping a positive attitude while traveling!

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21 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

LOL – I always forget where I put things!!!

Thanks for joining us! So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :)

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22 Candi November 9, 2010 at 9:02 am
23 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

Great job – thanks for tackling! So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :)

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24 Nolie November 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

Impressive and stressful all at the same time. Good luck with the rest of the move.

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25 Janice November 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Definitely – I am in awe of Carmen! LOL

So sorry that the Linkies were missing last night. If you want to link up, the linkies are in now. :)

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26 RebeccaC November 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Oops! Forgot to leave the link to my tackle! I made butter this morning — lots of pictures! Come check it out!

http://whatbeautifulfeetyouhave.blogspot.com/2010/11/tackle-it-tuesday-butter-is-better.html

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27 Angela November 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Anyone else getting ready to pack? Use Expo markers! They can be used to organize your belongings by writing on the boxes using fun and festive colors! Using a bright color will be easy to read. Marking your boxes keeps you organized and stress free while moving!

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