Index Cards. Color-Coded.
March 23rd, 2012
I’m throwing myself into this whole relocation thing with enthusiasm. It’s my first big moving experience. When I moved to Pittsburgh, it was for grad school and felt like a glorified dorm move. I moved to India, but only took two suitcases with me. Josh and I moved across town, but we did it piecemeal, making many runs with a pickup truck. We never bothered to box up most of our stuff.
This is different. This is a Real Move. With Actual Movers. And Color-Coded Index Cards.
That last part is my idea. I’ve decided it makes sense to color-code our boxes according to what floor they belong on, to make unloading and unpacking easier. Yellow for upstairs. Orange for downstairs. Pink for the basement. Green for “other” (like the church).
My husband thinks I’ve lost my marbles.
In fairness to him, his family moved every couple years as he was growing up (he’d lived in something like 12 houses by the age of 24) and they never once used color-coded index cards.
But for me, planning and prepping and accessorizing are the best ways to get excited about a new endeavor. Going to plant a garden? Buy new gloves, a new water bottle, and a funky new hat. Going to join a zumba class? You’ll need new shoes and a snazzy new workout ensemble. Going to move to a new state? Buy some brightly-colored index cards, a couple permanent markers, and a big role of packing tape.