alright so remember how i'm apartment hunting?* well, since i'm moving at the end of august, a full month from now, it seemed totally logical to... start packing. yeah, you heard me.
my first thought was that if i'm able to pack it up with over a month left, i don't need it. but that's just not true, since i've mostly packed up winter-y things like boots, sweaters, ice skates, hats, etc. i realize that this is a risk since i live in chicago and it could potentially snow on august 20th and no one would be surprised, but i resigned myself to the fact that if that happens, i'll just untape the box with the necessary supplies.
which is where my newest total ocd move comes in - my comprehensive box inventory.
when's the last time you packed up? did you write 'bedroom' on the box and maybe a note or two like 'summer clothes, jewelry'? or did you number them and then keep a list that says 'box 3 - kuerig, baking pans, silverware'? even use different colored duct tape to note which boxes went to which rooms? these are all completely sane and logical ways to keep track of your belongings. unless you're me, of course, with an ocd brain and way too much time to slowly pack.
so here's what i did instead:
in case you can't tell from the photos, it started innocently enough. yes, i labelled each box with a number and what room, like a normal person. on all 4 sides of the box as well as the tops, naturally. then i got a notepad and wrote down 'box 1 - bedroom.' all standard packing behavior. but then, i proceeded to list not just what types of things were in the box but exactly what was in each box. 'winter sweaters' and 'hangers' are simply not good enough descriptors in stephanie world. it was 100% necessary to instead write '25 beige velvet hangers' and 'teal v-neck sweater from express.' so now i have a box full of clothes and a 4 page list of what's in said box, down to '1 pair of white, grey and pink athletic socks.'
there is zero part of me that regrets this process, no matter how insane you think i am. you're just jealous you don't have a complete list of every single item you own, including how many clear push pins are in box 6.
*i've found a place. it's nestled between two neighborhood corner bars which were clearly designed for me to be a regular at and the downstairs neighbor was brewing a giant vat of beer when i visited. priorities. i haz them.