Top 10 Things I did Instead of Packing

I am convinced my most productive seasons of life come as I am packing to move. I hate packing when I am the one moving. (I know I’m only moving a few kilometers away from my current house. It is easier than making sure it all fits perfectly within the airline weight allotment, but it is still moving.) Here are the top 10 things I have done in the last week to avoid packing.

10. Go to the immigration office to apply for a new visa.

Nothing says fun like paperwork and immigration. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though! A few more documents and I can relax for a year.

After visiting the immigration office in Nara, we had to stop and see the deer.

9. Take a nap…every day. 

Let’s face it. The end of the year was exhausting. I’m still trying to catch up on sleep. Thankfully, I have no problem sleeping amidst chaos. My bed. The couch. The train. All acceptable places for sleeping.

8. Clean out my classroom.

I would have loved to have said this happened before the school year ended. It did not. I made it into school, sorted, filed, recycled, arranged, and prepared the classroom for the next teacher.

Almost clean…

7.  Write several blog posts.

Like this and this. The end of the school year came with a lot of activity, which also means more inspiration for writing.

6. Read notes that people have written to me. 

Packing inevitably means that I have to sort all of the cards and notes and bits of encouragement that I have saved over the years. I ended up sitting on my floor re-reading all the notes. Very little packing occurred.

5. Take the train two hours to the quarantine center to get a vaccination for upcoming travel. 

I finally had the time for a middle of the day appointment. Thankfully the very kind doctor spoke enough English to talk me through the process. The two hours home with a low-grade fever was also a great opportunity for a nap.

4. Finish the school yearbook…almost. 

We have a few details and minor edits to go, but soon it will be off to the printer. One of the best feelings ever.

3. Organize the pictures on my computer.

This happened in conjunction to finishing the yearbook. I was looking for pictures that we needed. As I searched through the pictures, I also started sorting them. It was a more rewarding process than packing, so I just kept going.

2. Write my end of the year newsletter.

It is much more fun to write about all of the wonderful things happening at the end of the school year than it is to sort and pack all of my stuff. I figure this way there are also people who are praying for me while I move. A double bonus.

1. Eating out with friends. 

Having no food in my house is one motivating factor. Knowing that goodbyes are coming makes this time special even when I’m busy.


Linking up today with Velvet Ashes on the topic of Top 10.


3 thoughts on “Top 10 Things I did Instead of Packing

  1. Yes! It’s incredible how productive life becomes during transition. And yes, it is full of inspiration for writing because of all the internal processing that’s going on. Love your list. 🙂

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  2. I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one who does THIS:

    Number “6. Read notes that people have written to me.

    Packing inevitably means that I have to sort all of the cards and notes and bits of encouragement that I have saved over the years. I ended up sitting on my floor re-reading all the notes. Very little packing occurred.”

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