Guest Lecturer: Tania of What Would a Nerd Wear
Dear folks, I’ve snuck away for some much-needed family time. While I’m hanging in the South, here’s a hilarious post on how not to pack from one of my favorite bloggers and friends, Tania of What Would a Nerd Wear, who is preparing for a cross-country move. After you’ve been thoroughly vindicated for your own not-so streamlined packing processes (c’mon, some of you know you’re more Tania than Emily), visit Tania’s blog. Her subtle, elegant style and witty commentary will make you wish you were frantically packing boxes right along with her. I know I do! -E
How to Make Packing and Moving More Difficult
The internet seems to be full of people who are competent, responsible, organized packers. People full of useful tips, and beautiful snapshots, who face down 6 months of travel in a carry-on with a smile, and never wait until the last minute to do things.
It seems to me that nobody has any lessons for how to make packing and moving more difficult, and this is entirely unfair to those of us who might like to panic regularly while shoving things willy-nilly into boxes and leaving expensive furniture on the street because there’s not room for it in the moving truck.
Ergo, my 5 rules for making a move more difficult.
1. Move on short notice. Bonus points if you’re moving to a city more than 500 miles away that you’ve never been to.
2. If you are moving with a partner, be sure you have completely opposite packing styles. A neurotic neat-freak + an anything-goes mess-maker? Yes, please. A hoarder + a minimalist? Excellent.
3. Move to a place where even when you double your rent budget, your new apartment will be half the size of your old one. Have fun throwing out all your stuff before you go.
4. If you’re a grad student or a college student, make sure you’ve never thrown out any of your papers so that you are forced to go through 6 drawers of files and agonize about keeping all of your seminar notes while your partner begs you just to burn them because they’ll be no room for anything extra in the $4000/month studio apartment you’re going to have to rent.
5. Possess an ungodly number of books. At least half the weight of your total possessions should be in books. They are heavy to carry, difficult to pack, and generally a pain in the ass to move. So the more you have, the better.
It’s hard for me to imagine that everyone out there wants things to go more smoothly. So follow these steps and you too can show up in a new city having lost the keys to your moving van, no longer on speaking terms with your lover and suddenly realizing you forgot to pack underwear in your carry-on.
You’re cracking up now, right? For more snarky awesomeness (and some serious style), check out Tania’s blog. And come back here in a few days for a more (and Canadian!) awesomesness from Jentine of My Edit.