but things keep taking longer and longer? You have the “I can get it all done in the blink of an eye” syndrome. Don’t worry, it isn’t fatal, we all have it or experience it at some point in our lives. It is the syndrome where you look at something, think, I can do that, and your brain registers it as already done. Several times this past summer, while doing in person estimates and packing, I have noticed that many people think they can get more done then what the time actually allows. On a packing job recently, during the initial walk through of a 4 bedroom house, the well meaning customer sincerely told us in every room, “I will pack this room myself” I gently reminded her that she had hired us to pack and it all worked out fine. At the end of the day she laughed as she said, “I don’t know what I was thinking, there is way more than what I could have gotten done on my own.” It is sometimes difficult to admit that we do not have the ability to wave a magic wand and have it all done in an instant. When it comes to packing do your best! On average it takes 4-5 hours to properly pack a kitchen. Depending on how much there is in a bedroom it takes an hour or two. The best plan of attack is to start early with the rooms you use the least. Plan to work for about an hour or so each night or a block of time on the weekends. Focus on one room at a time. This gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to move on to the next room. In each room, set aside the things you use everyday and pack the rest. If you find you just can’t wade through it all, call your movers a week in advance and admit you need help…it is ok… we all need help from time to time.