just the essentials

When we move, I’m going to be at the new place hours before anyone else or any of our things. I’m also bringing two of our three cats (the third is easily upset, so he’s staying with Ed) to get them settled in the spare room before chaos descends. To this end, I’m bringing some things with me to make the transition a little easier. Just the necessities – I don’t have much available room on account of the Mini being mini. I’ve packed two small suitcases and have several fabric bins filled with only the most important of moving essentials:

  • Cat food (for sustinance)
  • Cat treats (for bribery)
  • Toilet paper
  • Water dish
  • Litter box
  • Peanut Butter Pretzels from Trader Joe’s
  • 6 litres of Diet Coke
  • A plaid suitcase full of stickers and battery-powered LED lights
  • Two bags of M&Ms (peanut and peanut butter)
  • All of my underwear because it is basically prescription underwear and it’s fucking expensive and I can’t risk having it all disappear
  • Enough portable batteries to last me a week should there be some sort of catastrophe
  • A straw (for drinkin’)
  • Hand soap (not recommended for drinkin’)
  • Blankets to build a fort for the cats, who will want to hide
  • All the medication
  • Most of my makeup because it would be a heinous bitch to replace it all
  • One (1) Bag o’ Laptops
  • Shiny things to keep me amused while I pace the floors
  • A clipboard with all of my spreadsheets printed out so I can cross-reference boxes and locations when the movers arrive
  • Socks (it’s been a long time since we’ve had hardwood floors; my feet will get cold)

It feels like I might be missing something, though. Have I forgotten any must-have move essentials? Keep in mind that the entire rest of my life will only be 2-4 hours behind – I am just Super Organized, and like to be ready for anything, everything, and all the What Ifs in between.

Two more sleeps, and so much to do between now and then.

giphy

patron saint of our new home

 

 

5 thoughts on “just the essentials

  1. Good luck with the move!

    Our cats were Not Happy with the whole months-long open house and moving process, and especially on the day itself (one of them peed all over both of us that day, and scratched me to bits through the cat carrier door on the car ride from East Van to North Van), but they calmed down a couple of days after the big move and were completely back to normal within a couple of weeks. I would recommend taking some empty cardboard boxes and/or some blankets or towels to make them a little private fort – we didn’t have much furniture in our new place when we moved in, and all that open space seemed to really freak them out. We improvised a fort from a dining room chair and a blanket and they spent the first few hours huddled up together in that enclosed space before venturing out to explore.

  2. Cleaning supplies, cuz when else will you actually clean the insides of the cupboards, and your shower curtain and towel…cuz moving is messy work, and you must always carry a towel! Good luck!

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