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My thread to keep myself on task while I purge for my move!

post #1 of 28
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I am moving to a beautiful new apartment on January 22.  I am getting the keys next Friday and will start bringing things over, but I won't have my  moving truck until 1/22.  I am getting so freaked out about my purge that I took today off from work to pack, donate things to Goodwill and throw stuff out (garbage day is tomorrow).  I figured I could post here with my progress.  Feel free to cheer me on!

 

So far today:

 

One LARGE car load to Goodwill,

Three boxes packed

Five trash bags filled and waiting outside for garbage day

One room completely ready to go!

 

 

 

 

Off to do more....

post #2 of 28

Good for you!!! Good luck in getting rid of what you need and want to get rid of!

post #3 of 28
partytime.gif You can do it! smile.gif
post #4 of 28
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One more car load to Goodwill done!  Taking a short lunch break and then back at it!

post #5 of 28

Thats great that you get the keys a week before the movers. The keys early will really help you. You can start to take over some smaller items and get a few things settled. I always ended up signing the lease, getting the keys, the movers all on the same stinking day.  (Probably cuz  I was just too cheap to pay for 2 places for even one day).

 

Im sure you can do it!  Just keep focused and keep working.  Declutter, donate, trash and only take what MAKES YOU HAPPY!

 

I promised DS and myself in our next place we would only have things that made us happy!

post #6 of 28

I love getting the keys early so I can get in there and clean and slowly unpack and organize a little. With the way they move here in this province it's pretty impossible to get the keys early though.

post #7 of 28
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I am super excited to get the keys early too.  DS is having such a hard time with moving.  He is stressing out in a huge way.  I am thinking I am going to take this fancy camping cot that I have for me and an air mattress for him and "camp" out for the first week until we get the moving truck.  That way things are coming *TO* our  new house rather than leaving our old house and we end up sleeping in a big empty house at the end.  I figure it will get him motivated to want to bring toys/clothes/etc over rather than feeling like his stuff is just going away.

 

I have so much more to do though.  I think I am going to feel so freaked out next week.  I have so many things left to organize and get rid of.  I need to remember to breathe.

post #8 of 28
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One more large box filled to donate

One large trashbag filled to donate

One broken toy box in the pile for the trash

One set of car ramps in the trunk for a co-worker.

 

Getting there!

post #9 of 28

I can totally understand the children stressing issue, we don't move for oh 99 days or so (not that Im counting or anything) and its already stressing the girls out.

 

Good luck on your move! Its great to get the keys ahead of time, you can do everything needed to the new apartment, move in small items, allow your son to adjust to it before moving the boxes and all.

post #10 of 28
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4 more boxes packed

1 more large garbage bag ready to go to Goodwill

Large built-in linen closet emptied completely and cleaned!

1 large dresser completely packed/purged and totally empty

 

 

Unfortunately, I just found out that I am not likely to get the keys next Friday.  I am so bummed.  I really wanted the weekend to get going on things, but it looks like I will just have a few days after work.  Hoping I can get at least a few car loads of stuff over there.  I really hate moving everything in one day.  I have a bunch of help, but it just feels like so much more stuff when I have to schlep it all in one day.

post #11 of 28
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My goals for today:

 

Purge desk area

organize DS's art supplies

Do laundry and dishes

 

I really need to tackle the basement, but I have a feeling that will be the last thing I do before our big move. It is just a big mess down there.  Thankfully there isn't much stuff, it is just a big spread out mess.  Crossing my fingers that I will actually get the above done today!

post #12 of 28

You go girl! The new place will be wonderful. 

post #13 of 28

I will be joining you..I have 5 weeks to get the house packed and moved...purge, purge purge, purge purge is my motivation right now...less is more...organized and neat makes me happy. : ) Here I go!!! WOOT WOOT!!!

post #14 of 28
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Ok, so not doing so hot on my list, but I did haul a BUNCH of stuff out of the basement and it is all in the car to go over to Goodwill!  This will be my third jam-packed car load to go over there.  Every time I go through stuff, I find more and more that I am willing to let go.  It is almost an addiction.  "How little can I pare it down to?"  I let go of more childhood toys, a huge plastic easel that has been in my basement for two years that I sort of wanted to give to DS, but didn't want the massive plastic *thing* in my living space, an over the door ironing board that I have owned for about 5 years and have used ONCE, huge garbage bags of DS's outgrown clothes, old toys, and clothes of my own that just don't fit anymore.  Can't believe how empty my house is getting!  Don't get me wrong, it still has tons of junk, but not nearly as much as I am used to. 

 

I was so happy this morning.  DS went into my bedroom, sat down in front of a little basket of books, spread them all out around him so he could choose one and just sat and read for a long time.  After he was done, he put them all back and my room was clean!  It is so nice to see clean, clear spaces instead of magazines, bits of paper, dirty clothes, toys strewn about, etc.  Hoping that by taking much less stuff to the new place that it just won't be able to get as messy. I am sure it will still get cluttered, but if I have less, I can stay on top of it more. 

post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by catscharm74 View Post

I will be joining you..I have 5 weeks to get the house packed and moved...purge, purge purge, purge purge is my motivation right now...less is more...organized and neat makes me happy. : ) Here I go!!! WOOT WOOT!!!



Yes!  I had a little longer than that when I started, but it was so hard to get motivated until I had about 3 or so weeks till move date.  I took a day off work last week that was the day before garbage/recycling day and just threw out like a mad woman. I loaded my car to the gills twice to donate and then I bought some huge black garbage bags and tossed everything that wasn't able to be donated or recycled.  It felt heavenly!  You can do it!! Feel free to post your progress here too. I would love to cheer you on!

post #16 of 28

Thanks Pumpkin~~ I packed up 4 boxes and purged a tote filled with goodies. The past few weeks have bee N-U-T-S so I forget I had 2 large garbage bags ready for donation already in the Jeep. : )

 

I can now see part of my living room floor now..YIPPPEEE~~~~~

 

The paper purge is next...I have GOT to get my paperwork in order. It's driving me nuts. Then I am going to clean out the kitchen junk drawer. : ) Little steps make big progress.

post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by catscharm74 View Post

Thanks Pumpkin~~ I packed up 4 boxes and purged a tote filled with goodies. The past few weeks have bee N-U-T-S so I forget I had 2 large garbage bags ready for donation already in the Jeep. : )

 

I can now see part of my living room floor now..YIPPPEEE~~~~~

 

The paper purge is next...I have GOT to get my paperwork in order. It's driving me nuts. Then I am going to clean out the kitchen junk drawer. : ) Little steps make big progress.

Yup, paperwork is a huge issue for me too.  I know I just need to sit down and DO it, but it is so intimidating.  I am so not wanting to have a huge box filled with paper/desk/office junk.  Not a good way to get started in a new place.  Great job on your progress!!
 

post #18 of 28

Thanks...y'all are very motivating!!! : )

 

I cleaned out a spot in the extra bedroom to put the packed boxes. My goal is too keep it simple and small. I am trying to work out the small stuff so the larger stuff is easier. : )

post #19 of 28
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I was super excited to take down my Christmas tree this year so I could have a space to pile boxes.  The pile isn't too big, but it definitely eats up about a quarter of my living room.  I am nearly totally packed though, so it feels good to be almost done.  I definitely still have a lot to ditch, but the pile of *done* boxes is manageable.

 

Although living without that stuff feels pretty good too!  I almost want to not unpack things for a while to see if I can live without even more stuff once I get there.  :)

post #20 of 28
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Cleaned out a big broken toy box that I was using for shoe storage today.  Nearly all of the shoes in there were in such bad shape or did not fit well that I tossed almost all of them.  The toy box is broken beyond repair, so I bagged up all of the "toss" shoes and put them right back in the toy box to all go out on trash day.  I also boxed up the shoes that I am planning to keep so they are ready to move! 

 

Also hauled my white water kayak out of the basement with all of it's attached gear.  A friend is coming over tomorrow to take all of it away and hopefully give me a fair price for it.  I had a pretty major accident in it a four years ago and am anxious to have it out of my life.  Hooray for ever more purging!!

 

Forgot to add that I cleaned off my kitchen table (paper catcher area) today too.  Tossed/recycled/filed it all and actually had dinner at a clean and clear table with DS for once!  Woo Hoo!

 

 

 

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