A friend of mine (I’m going to call her K) recently moved from San Francisco to San Diego for cohabitation with her boyfriend. They’re the perfect couple and complement each other in so many ways. She throws fabulous theme parties that I’m jealous I don’t get to attend since we don’t live in the same city. For her move down the coast, she knew she was renting a moving truck and knew she wanted to spend time with her friends before she moved. So she combined the two activities into one event that ultimately helped her for the big moving day. She hosted a packing party that became a unique, fun and helpful experience for everybody.
I love parties. I mostly love dinner parties because there’s food and sitting down but I’ll take any house party where I get to be around people I love. And if I got an invite in the mail for a packing party, I would definitely RSVP. Consider me smitten with this idea.
A packing party can be an afternoon or an overnight sleepover, there are no ‘should’ or ‘have-to’ rules except that this should be an event that works for you. It’s about spending time with loved ones and should not add to the stress you’re feeling with a major life event like moving. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you certainly can accommodate this to make it as helpful and stress free as possible.
- K revolved her moving party around the childhood sleepovers there are fond memories of. By making it a sleepover, it didn’t feel like every moment had to be productive. It gave her the room to be flexible with the evening so it was still a good time. By asking her friends to bring a sleeping bag and camp on the living room floor, it meant she got more hours of helpers.
- They got started by sitting around and braiding each others hair. This sounds silly but it was really great since it helped keep everybody’s hair off their face as they worked.
- Never underestimate the power of pizza and junk food. Food is an amazing encourager when everybody starts to get bored. Have fun with it. There’s no need to make an epic meal and eating off of paper plates and plastic silverware are completely acceptable.
- There was a dance competition after the living room bookshelves and trinkets were secured in moving boxes.
- While a majority of the kitchen got packed up, essential items were left out for a last minute packing. A pan for cooking eggs and the toaster remained on the counter. In the morning, they rose to eat breakfast together and help with some lingering items.
What’s really great about making your packing party a sleepover as an adult, you don’t have to worry about somebody wetting the bed or getting homesick. Plus you get to see your favorite people before you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning.
- Keep plenty of soap on hands as even brand new moving and storage boxes have some dust on them.
- Make sure to have enough water and beverages to keep everybody hydrated.
- Have an intention for the party. Is it just to get your kitchen done? Or the library?
- Have fun!
- Be grateful. Send a thank you note after you’ve settled in to your new place. Send a postcard from your new place. Everybody loves postcards.
- Make sure you’re prepared for the packing part of the party. Have plenty of ready-to-use moving boxes and moving supplies on hand. Remember, there’s always free shipping on BoxesAZ.com.