Saturday, April 24, 2010

Packing for Dana's move

For those of you who are new to my blog, I love to organize. It's relaxing and always so satisfying once an area has been cleaned and organized. Yesterday I promised an organizing tip. It involves staging. So here is a short and sweet post because today you'll find me between my basement and my main floor, doing some much needed cleaning, packing, and staging of my own. However, this staging is all at Dana's upcoming move on Monday.

This is the same photo I showed yesterday.

What I didn't show were all these adorable

ZEBRAs. Aren't they simply precious? Can you see the Zebra fish on the far left?

How about this Zebra bowl? Sometimes collections are too cute to pass up photographing. So, before packing, I had to take some photos of Dana's adorable collection.

I'm really certain most everyone knows how to do this, but my organization tips seem to help some who struggle with organizing their things. When you have disparate items, especially breakables, be sure to sort everything before you begin packing or rearranging. Because the bowls and plates were stacked better, I started with the smaller glasses.

I sorted them by size and shape. How you sort things is up to you. For my craft room, I will sort materials by category, like old books, fabric, thread, paper, charms, etc. Then I will sort each category. But in order to do that, you must have a staging area. Your staging area should be large enough to hold the pieces as you sort them. We were lucky because Dana had this large table we could use that was close to the china cabinet. My craft area will be more of a challenge, since I have limited space, even walking around space, something to consider when choosing a staging area.

For packing purposes, it was easier to tell what we had when the stemware and glasses were all lined up. That way, smaller pieces could be wrapped and stuck into larger ones. This is only appropriate for moving, not storing. Not much of a post, today, but at least it was relatively short and sweet!

Today's blog spotlights Patricia Zapata, of A Little Hut. She has written a book entitled Home, Paper, Scissors, designs a line of fabric, and is eco-friendly. She is a master with a craft knife (wonder if she's ever tried to cut plastic lids!), and has a page of tutorials I'm going to check out once I have a bit of time. When I found her a couple of days ago, she was on hiatus, but her blog is worth mentioning and worth checking out, anyway.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

9 thoughtful remarks:

La Dolce Vita said...

love seeing all the things lined up! great order!

Terri Kahrs said...

Might be short, but it was very informative! Good luck with the move! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Diane said...

Elizabeth, you would be a great professional organizer--and the pay isn't bad either.

Marilyn Rock said...

I agree; lots of people would hire you to organize! Love those little zebras! Have a great weekend! xxoo

Marlynn said...

You know for a fact that I LOVE your organizing posts - yes, I am one who reads them and tries to absorb them. You are the best. Used your marvelous deli paper today on an ATC. WHAT can't you do???? You are so talented!

Lynn said...

Oh such a job I envy you not, but wonderful of you to help out. Lucky her.

Healing Woman said...

Thanks. I picked up a new idea here for organization. I never thought of staging anything before. Must put this into action.
Going to check out the blog you mentioned now.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

fun photos and that is one fine zebra collection
so nice of you help Dana
best of luck with the move!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Great tips Elizabeth thank you :)
Anne x