Oh god the packers come tomorrow - can't see my way through being ready

(24 Posts)
BlameItOnTheBogey Mon 25-Mar-13 12:03:21

We are making a major move next week. Packers come tomorrow and the house is a TIP. Awful. I have got everything out to sort it all and now an sitting surrounded by piles of stuff and feeling majorly overwhelmed. Can't begin to see how I will be ready and am really stressed. I hate this part of a nomadic lifestyle. Really, really hate it.

Anyone got any tips on how to keep ploughing through?

lozzyblue Mon 25-Mar-13 12:41:32

switch off mumsnet?! grin grin

BlameItOnTheBogey Mon 25-Mar-13 13:00:03

Yes, yes. Obv. I could do that. But then I might have to face the piles of stuff so I prefer mumsnetting.

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 25-Mar-13 13:13:36

I HATE moving. It makes me want to make a bonfire & burn all my stuff rather than have to drag it around with me yet again.

Put some music on? The only way through is to do it.

BlameItOnTheBogey Mon 25-Mar-13 13:19:16

Have music on.

I guess it is a bit like childbirth. The only way to get it over with is to get on with it.

I'd take childbirth over this any day.

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 25-Mar-13 13:31:09

Do you need a hand to bite hold?

giggly Mon 25-Mar-13 15:37:21

Find an empty cupboard, boot of the car, garage somewhere and throw put all the stuff their not packing in it and I mean all the stuff. oUr packers packed the potty, kids juice cups full of juiceconfused kitchen towel among other things. I made the stupid mistake of thinking I was organised, ha how wrong was I. Stayed up till about 4am trying to sort it out and finally followed my own advice.

When they left I then pulled everything out and sorted it out.

I also had the luggage we were taking in the car for days before they came.

Big hugs as it is very stressful .

FifromN12 Mon 25-Mar-13 16:15:18

Music and chocolate and maybe a cheeky glass of wine..Good luck! But once you are done you'll be proud. I did it twice and it's painful. Where you moving to?

TheCatInTheHairnet Mon 25-Mar-13 16:24:45

I wouldn't worry about it. They will have seen worse. If you're wigging out, just accept that the entire contents of your house (filled trash cans and all) can be just as easily organised the other end. In fact, more easily as the time pressure is gone.

And breathe!!
Good luck with the move.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Mon 25-Mar-13 16:37:45

We've just gone through this just over a month ago. Totally agree with the advice of putting everything you don't want them to pack in a cupboard or empty room out of the way. Our packers ended up packing my breast pump that I'd left on the kitchen side ready to wash after using it - disappeared into a box before I realised. That's not going to smell pleasant when our stuff is delivered next week.

And they will have seen worse. We were still sorting out stuff around them once they turned up. Was crap at the time but so much easier than having to pack it all yourself. Good luck! smile

ripsishere Tue 26-Mar-13 00:29:38

I loved having the packers come. They don't care about the state of your flat they just want to get packed up and gone.
Agree about moving stuff you don't want packed. Full bin and litre of milk anyone?

BlameItOnTheBogey Tue 26-Mar-13 03:39:30

Thanks for all the advice everyone. In the end, I put the computer down and just got on with it. Still don't feel ready but am really comforted by the idea that piles of junk are just as easy to sort at the other end.

Packers due in two hours. All things we need to take safely stowed in one room that they will not enter. Gin Tea in hand.

SavoyCabbage Tue 26-Mar-13 03:48:52

We shipped a full nappy bin and a tray of brownies that was cooling on the bench.

echt Tue 26-Mar-13 10:36:31

We shipped highly forbidden conkers. They were being moth repellents in our drawers, and sneaked in. Wouldn't even try to grow them in a rather dry Victoria.

BlameItOnTheBogey Tue 26-Mar-13 12:02:11

Brilliant. I know someone who was having a G&T whilst the packers were there to try and make the whole thing less painful. When they arrived at their destination and unpacked, there was one glass with a rather withered lemon in it. The packers had packed the G&T...

JoandMax Tue 26-Mar-13 12:07:29

I'll hold your hand in solidarity! Packers arrived here a few hours ago and it's hectic! House was a fair mess too as I've been sorting for weeks (in as much as you can with 2 DCs under 5).

They've been great so far - checking in each room what to pack or leave and are going through at an amazingly fast rate!

I do have a bottle of wine, takeaway menu and a large box of malteasers for later though......

DH flew home to 'help' and has been on a conf call since 10am!

JoandMax Tue 26-Mar-13 12:12:02

Oh and I also have an electrician here and a gas safety check later, plus a 3 year old potty training

Argghhhhhhj!!

BlameItOnTheBogey Tue 26-Mar-13 12:36:46

God that sounds even worse than my situation. I have called DH and told him to pick up pizza on the way home. Maltesers would be amazing. We are 20 mins out from being done with day 1 of packers. They estimate a further 2 days. Weep.

JoandMax Tue 26-Mar-13 13:10:57

I'm going for the laughing rather than crying tactic!! I hope ours will be done tomorrow and then go onto the container on Thursday morning....

This is my first overseas move so I'm excited but also bit nervous

BegoniaBampot Tue 26-Mar-13 13:35:10

Packers are fucking fantastic. We moved recently and just left them to it and went for a walk in the country and some lunch. As said, just put the stuff you need in a room and make it out of bounds - packers will do the rest. Did have them ship a whole big set of cheap Ikea shelving we were leaving behind once, didn't break it down just boxed it all up and shipped!

JoandMax Wed 27-Mar-13 20:27:14

How's it all gone BlameIt??

We're all done and container arriving first thing tomorrow. Packers have been fantastic, I can't believe how quick and efficient they've been. I will never move myself ever again!

ripsishere Wed 27-Mar-13 21:55:24

IMO, that last thought also applies to the UK. We've done the move umpteen times ourselves with friends.
Paying the however many pounds it cost to have a proper removal company was just the best thing.

ripsishere Wed 27-Mar-13 21:55:57

With friends to help which invariably turns into going to the pub which rather defeats the object.

BlameItOnTheBogey Thu 28-Mar-13 10:22:42

Hi Joan; well the container is here now. Will be glad to see the back of it. Packers have been great but some of our stuff has 'gone missing' in the move. We'd stowed stuff not to be packed and a few bits have walked off. Not unusual here and it wasn't anything too valuable but it makes me worry about how much of our stuff has actually gone in the crate and how much has been liberated. We won't find out for a few months and by that point there's not much we can do about it.

Glad your packing has gone well. Good luck with the actual move too.

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