This post will likely become the most edited of my posts, because I'll be discovering as I go what I need and what I don't. However, I'm starting with the stuff that I know I won't need, and whittling my kitchen down from there. (I already had a moment of regret for packing up all the seldom-used tea. Thankfully, it was quickly resolved when I found my decaf coffee. )
For packing pre-renovation, I'm taking the hard-line approach of de-clutterers: if you haven't used it in the past 6 months, pack it (they say chuck it, but we're not going that far).
The first thing to go: special-occasion ware. Anything you save for special food events, like china, punch bowls and their special little mugs, fancy serving dishes, etc. Because you are definitely not hosting Thanksgiving/Christmas/Birthdays when your house is undergoing construction.
I was told we'd be starting the renovation at the end of the month, so I started packing early: first, I gathered up everything that I only use occasionally--things I knew I wouldn't be using for the rest of the month, and could easily survive without for several months. This included:
Still a way to go but looking emptier!
Next, we'll come up with a preliminary list of what you're going to keep, and where you're going to keep it. In the meantime, get yourself to your favorite store first thing in the morning (when they have boxes available), stock up, and start packing!
What would be the first thing you pack for your renovation? Post a comment below!
Angela Shelley, herself.
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