Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hate Packing? These 5 Easy Tips Will Save You from All That Stress

We love to travel and go on staycations and mini vacations but I hate packing our luggage and bags. I don't trust my husband to do the packing for my son and for the rest of our stuff. I just tell him to pack his things. So, I pack for myself, my son and all the other extras which can be exhausting and frustrating. Last Sunday, I was thinking about how I can make the process less painful. I remembered what Masterchef Gary Mehigan said to one of the contestants and that is to do one thing at a time. She was supposed to prep shrimps and Gary told her to remove the shells first on all the 5 pounds(??) or more shrimps and then devein them and then final prep them.

I used to just throw everything in the open suitcase and start folding and packing right in the suitcase. This resulted to a chaotic room and non-existent floor space. I was also super stressed halfway through the process. Add to that, my son keeps 'riding' the suitcase. But, this time, I had a plan and I'm going to share it with you.

Make a list

Everything should start with a list. You might think that you know everything you need to pack but if you have kids, think again. Just make a list. I made a list and I still forgot a few things. Well that's because I forgot to put them on the list. 

Get all clothes by category

In my list, my categories were:
  • day clothes x (number of clothes or combinations such as 3 shorts and shirts)
  • night clothes
  • going out clothes
  • underwear
  • socks 
  • shoes and slippers
These were just for the clothes. I started getting clothes by category and piling them on the bed. 

Remove the hangers

After getting all the clothes, I proceeded to removing the hangers and then piling the hangers on one side of the bed. After that, I returned the hangers to their proper place. 

Start folding and packing

I folded the clothes by category again and put them in my packing cell. This way, when I need a set of clothes, I can pull them out easily because I know that they are on the same level, left and right. 

I ended up with two packing cells for all my clothes. There are other ways of packing clothes such as rolling them or folding one big pile but I found that the packing cell method works best for us. I can easily see which packing cell contains what. They are also space savers. I can pack a few of these in our luggage. Also, when I'm too lazy (such as when we are going home), I can just dump everything in the packing cell and the suitcase won't look messy.  

Color Code the Cells

I have pink, my son has orange and my husband has blue. This way, we can easily see where our clothes are. 

I did the same process for my son's clothes. After everything was packed in the packing cells, I opened the suitcase and put everything inside. It was the easiest, fastest and stress-free packing I have ever done! It used to take at least an hour for me to pack our stuff but this time, I think it only took me 30 minutes for both our clothes and some extras. 

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