Moving — Packing It Up

The day has come. Time to pack up one house and move everything in it to another place. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.

Choose a system. There are a variety of options, but you will be happier with one.

  • You can use detailed labels for each box, listing the contents.
  • Numbers written on the box (or on big labels) can match a detailed list. You can easily scan the list to find something you need, and then you will be able to find boxes quickly just by the number.
  • Different colors of duct tape or index cards can be used to divide locations. Pink tape goes in Bedroom 2; brown tape goes in the den. Make a poster for reference on moving day, and you are good to go.

Start as soon as you can. Every house has a bunch of things that aren’t used every day (or every week even). Pull out a few boxes and start on those. Now you are on a roll! Stack the boxes to the side, and enjoy watching them add up. It is that much less to do at the last minute.

Clean and cull as you go. Now is the time, believe me. The dust doesn’t benefit from a trip.

  • Keep a damp rag or box of wet wipes nearby as you pack. You won’t want to clean that figurine any more when you unpack it than you do now. Just go ahead and get it done.
  • If you touch that book and wonder why it’s still around, put it aside to donate — not in the box you are packing. The broken toy or dish needs to go in the trash now — not later.

Pack a suitcase. Moving day is crazy. Stuff goes everywhere. Some things will fall through the cracks, even with a solid system. If you pack a small suitcase for yourself, you will have what you need at hand for a few days. You will have something to wear the next morning without a treasure hunt!

Accept help. You need it. Others need to give it. We are all in this life together, so welcome the company on this moving project. It will make your life brighter and the work load lighter.

With Thanksgiving

For everything created by God is good,
and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. (I Timothy 4:4-5)

Have you ever seen a child refuse absolutely to eat certain foods? Well, I was that child. It’s not pretty, is it?

Paul, in the verses above, is talking about eating and not eating certain foods, but how often do we scorn anything created by or designed by God? Our paths are designed by Him. We receive good and perfect gifts from His hand. How blessed we are!

This week, Americans traditionally think about and talk about things for which we are thankful. Most of the time we are thinking about the past — what we already have. That is so good, but let’s take that one step further.

Today may not be full of what we would have requested (if that were an option). How are we receiving that from God’s hand?

The plans we have had up until this moment have shattered. Is this a time for thanksgiving?

The simple phrase — “with thanksgiving” — is convicting for me, at least. How am I receiving each moment of life to come? Lord, give me the grace to receive them with thanksgiving.