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post #21 of 72
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Lots of progress today. I have packed more things from the garage, threw away 20 items and added 31 others to the donation pile. 

Finally started packing some of things from the kitchen.

Listed more stuff up for sale and sold a few things.

 

I also realized that very likely our stuff will not all fit in the truck. greensad.gif

post #22 of 72

Good thread!!

We move saturday.  We have had a nice 2 week overlap which has been great, however I have been in my current house 12 years, now have 4 kids, my XDH left a lot of things and my DH is working out of town so he has been very little help. I have moved a lot already and lots is packed- probably 80%.  

 

A lot of big things have to be moved-  I have movers for that and I am going from 1800 to 3800 sq ft. so that's née. 

 

But I am just burned out right now.   am so tired of packing and living out of boxes.  I have given away and donated a TON but there still seems to always be more!!!

post #23 of 72

We move in 6 weeks. I've got the whole bathroom packed up except for daily essentials. The kitchen is the same. All the dishes are packed except two big plates, two bowls, and four small plates. It's been awesome because dishwashing has never been easier! Listing our home on Monday so the house is staged to sell. No pictures or personal items. It's all packed up. Have to do the office today and a bookshelf. Renting two uhaul moving pods. First one will be delivered this week so we can pack all our boxes and extra furniture so the garage is clean for showings. The second uhaul moving pod will come a couple days before we move to pack the rest of the house. We're selling some large item furniture and appliances after we sell the house so we don't have to move them. We have nicer furniture still left in storage from my DH that we'll be using instead. My almost five year old has been awesome about all of this! I have all his toys packed except a few big trucks and a large box of small cars/trucks, blocks, and legos. Mostly, he likes making houses out of all the moving boxes! We have another baby coming in December. So I do almost all the packing and DH lugs everything down to the garage. I've donated so many boxes of clothes and baby stuff and toys and kitchenware. We're moving from a house to a condo until we can find the right home to buy so this gives me incentive to live the minimalist lifestyle. One set of dishes not three. 2 glass pie dishes not six. One set of corning ware. One baking dish instead of four. I'm determined to only move items we will actually use in the future and to let go of the "I'll use this someday, I'll wear this someday..." idea. It's easier to do this knowing I won't have much closest space or kitchen space in the condo. We have large storage in finished basement of the condo but it freaks me out to have boxes and boxes of "stuff" down there waiting for me to find a place for them. I've done enough moves to know that all that "stuff" stays there until the next move. 

post #24 of 72


So, the closing date on our house keeps getting changed! First it was the last of July, then the 19th, and now the bank says it "could be as early as the 12th." jaw.gif Which is, you know, THIS WEEKEND. Needless to say, I'm freaking out. We technically have our condo until the end of July, but because I run a home daycare we can't really be in that state of flux and living out of boxes in two different places for so long. So, I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get everything ready. I think today I'll try to finish the basement completely and get it move-ready. I need to do several big Goodwill runs to get rid of stuff, and consolidate Christmas stuff in to the tubs I have. 

 

 

mlins3109, I totally hear you about the "stuff." I'm trying to be absolutely ruthless when it comes to getting rid of stuff. It's hard!  

post #25 of 72
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Originally Posted by augustgirl1015 View Post

Good thread!!

We move saturday.  

 

But I am just burned out right now.   am so tired of packing and living out of boxes.  I have given away and donated a TON but there still seems to always be more!!!

 

How did your move go augustgirl? I can totally understand the burned out feeling! So tired of being at this packing business for so long and feeling like I'm still drowning in stuff no matter how much we seem to get rid of.

I have also been doing this on my own as my husband moved ahead for his job and I stayed behind for the girls to finish school.This is our third major move and each time my husband would move whenever he got the job while I would wait till the summer. I don't think he has any idea how much energy goes into a big move like this.

post #26 of 72
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We move in 6 weeks. I've got the whole bathroom packed up except for daily essentials. The kitchen is the same. All the dishes are packed except two big plates, two bowls, and four small plates. 

 

Wow, it's great that you are doing so much this early. I wish I still felt that spark of excitement to push me to do more. At this point I'm just so done with this, can't wait until it's all over. And I am so not looking forward to the unpacking either! I have not even started on the kitchen yet and now I don't feel like making the decision of what I could get rid of. So, everything will get packed and I will just have to deal with it at the other end, sadly. 

post #27 of 72
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Which is, you know, THIS WEEKEND. 

 

Holy cow, I would be totally freaking out as well!  I had a mini freak out when we were told we will have four weeks instead of the 10 I was counting on to move out. ROTFLMAO.gif

 

I hope everything will work out smoothly for you!

post #28 of 72
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I have been super busy for the last few days. Wednesday I had my egg retrieval in the morning (2 beautiful eggs joy.gif), so I haven't really done much physical work for the rest of the day, but I have listed the last lot of things to sell and called the utilities to cancel service. Thursday, Friday and Saturday I have scrubbed as much as I could in the house, using cleaning products because I don't want to use any of them after my transfer on Monday. Today I have even arranged to give them all away. I have also packed A LOT, but never made it to the kitchen greensad.gif

Everything is almost completely done except for the kitchen, my desk area (part of the kitchen) and my daughter's bedroom.

 

I am really stressing that our stuff won't fit into the moving truck, after all.

 

I am waiting to find out if we will be taking the washer&dryer with us or will I have to try and sell them here. I also have to sell the fridge, I just have to figure out when, so we still have a place to keep food but don't wait so long that we won't find a buyer when we need it.

post #29 of 72

We just decided last night to do a moving truck instead of the pods. It will save us over $1700 for a Budget truck! I'm in the same boat about the washer/dryer thing. Originally we weren't going to take them since it would take up so much space in one pod and those things are expensive. But now that we have the space in a moving truck we just might. Thing is the washer/dryer is about 25 years old (still works) and really a pain to move. The condo we're moving into has lots of stairs. And I'm not sure how well the set will take another move. I got these from my parents 10 years ago. The set has moved at least 6 times!

post #30 of 72
Will be watching this thread over the next little while with great interest! We've just decided on a cross-country move within the next year, DH is beginning to apply for jobs and it all depends on when he is hired. I am a teacher, so will likely wait to move until the school year is done even if DH goes earlier. There are some awesome ideas in this thread! I have totally changed my tune on buying things, and everything we buy we think is this coming with us? If not, why are we buying it? I think I will have a really hard time with the kids toys...my DS is just one, so we haven't gotten rid of any toys yet...it will be tough I'm sure because it seems like whenever I want to get rid of anything my DD (3) immediately loves it and it is her absolute favourite lol! How are you all handling things with kids toys? Since it is a cross country move we will have to really let a lot go. It will make for an interesting next year!
post #31 of 72

His favorite toys I've kept out. Though out of sight out of mind has helped big time. We are moving a couple states away. Any toys I've bought for him in the last few months have been from goodwill for about 1.99 or 2.99. Once the newness runs out on those toys I donate them back. It's like renting toys! And you get a tax receipt for donating. Also, I know there are a couple child consignment stores in our new town so I'm cool with donating or selling lots of stuff here before our move and buying used ones from the consignment stores after we move. I stopped buying toys at Target because I realized I was doing that too much (wasting money and spoiling the kid) and because I paid full price I had a harder time getting rid of them even though my son didn't play with them that much after newness ran out.

post #32 of 72

So, I got most of the basement packed and ready. I ran out of boxes! I'm getting some more today. I have all of our clothes organized, and I'm just going to put them in garbage bags the day of the move. I haven't even started on the kitchen or bathroom or living room. Oh, dear.

post #33 of 72
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Originally Posted by mlins3109 View Post

We just decided last night to do a moving truck instead of the pods. It will save us over $1700 for a Budget truck! I'm in the same boat about the washer/dryer thing. Originally we weren't going to take them since it would take up so much space in one pod and those things are expensive. But now that we have the space in a moving truck we just might. Thing is the washer/dryer is about 25 years old (still works) and really a pain to move. The condo we're moving into has lots of stairs. And I'm not sure how well the set will take another move. I got these from my parents 10 years ago. The set has moved at least 6 times!

 

So, no pods means moving everything out at once, no clearing the garage first? Trucks do save a lot over the pods, I wish we could've used pods cause I am so worried about the drive.

 

About the washer and dryer...I would take them since there is room on the truck. Even if they don't have a lot of life left in them, it's one less thing you will have to spend time shopping for once you move and less money to fork out right when there were so many other moving expenses. Best of luck to you!

post #34 of 72
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Originally Posted by kristah1000 View Post

Will be watching this thread over the next little while with great interest! We've just decided on a cross-country move within the next year, DH is beginning to apply for jobs and it all depends on when he is hired. I am a teacher, so will likely wait to move until the school year is done even if DH goes earlier. There are some awesome ideas in this thread! I have totally changed my tune on buying things, and everything we buy we think is this coming with us? If not, why are we buying it? I think I will have a really hard time with the kids toys...my DS is just one, so we haven't gotten rid of any toys yet...it will be tough I'm sure because it seems like whenever I want to get rid of anything my DD (3) immediately loves it and it is her absolute favourite lol! How are you all handling things with kids toys? Since it is a cross country move we will have to really let a lot go. It will make for an interesting next year!

 

It's great that you have so long to prepare for the move. And you already got the right mind set of not bringing new stuff in unless absolutely necessary. You have a long time in which to declutter, so make sure you do a little every week. Some days you will feel more inspired and there will be more progress, some days not so much. But just keep at it.

I'm not the right person to advise you on culling the toys because that was one of the things I have never culled much in any of our previous moves. Now that the girls are older, they got rid of most everything, but I seem to be the one that has a hard time letting go of their old toys. In fact, I have about 5 plastic tubs of toys I am determined to save. This is only a minimal fraction of what we used to have. Sheepish.gif There are also two boxes of books for little kids. I guess I was hoping I might need them for another little one, but now that it doesn't look like that will happen, I really should get rid of a lot more stuff. 

post #35 of 72
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So, I got most of the basement packed and ready. I ran out of boxes! I'm getting some more today. I have all of our clothes organized, and I'm just going to put them in garbage bags the day of the move. I haven't even started on the kitchen or bathroom or living room. Oh, dear.

 

That's some good progress! Do you have a final closing date?

 

Whenever I start panicking at how much I have left to do, I have to take a step back and remind myself to look at how much I have done already instead of how much I haven't. It usually works and gives me the attitude of 'I got this!' 

Lots of luck to you! hug2.gif

post #36 of 72

Went through my china cabinet and purged two apple boxes full of china/silver/crystal etc.  Plan to try and sell asap, and will price things really low in order to make that happen!!!

post #37 of 72
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You have inspired me and last night I went through two kitchen cabinets and pulled out a lot of mugs, tea sets, glasses etc and wrapped them all up for Goodwill. So, now I have officially started on my kitchen. orngtongue.gif

post #38 of 72
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That's some good progress! Do you have a final closing date?

 

Whenever I start panicking at how much I have left to do, I have to take a step back and remind myself to look at how much I have done already instead of how much I haven't. It usually works and gives me the attitude of 'I got this!' 

Lots of luck to you! hug2.gif

We don't have a closing date yet shake.gif The offer has gone to underwriting, but little snags keep happening that postpone the closing date. So, it won't be Saturday, but it might be next weekend. I hate, hate, HATE this limbo we're in. It would be nice to actually have a moving date. 

 

Thanks for the encouragement redface.gif

post #39 of 72

Dropped off my stuff today at the consignment store and what they didn't take I dropped off at Value Village.  But...blush.gif I have to be honest... a few things that they didn't take ended up coming back home with me.  I was willing to sell these things, but not donate them as they are family heirloom type items.  Does that make sense?  I think if I was willing to sell them I should have been willing to donate them, because in the big scheme of things a few bucks isn't worth that much.....  but I just couldn't bring myself to donate them!  Probably about 5 items.
 

post #40 of 72

I've been watching this thread, hoping I'd be able to join it soon, and now I can!  It's not for sure, but we think we've found renters for our house!  If it works out, they'll move in first of September.  We're not totally sure where we're going (ultimately we want to refurbish an Airstream and travel the country), but probably in my parents' basement apartment for a few months or move in with my sister-in-law whose roommate just broke lease and left her with all his unpaid bills and back-rent.  What a jerk.  

 

ANYWAY.  I'm excited.  I can't wait to downsize. :D

 

This week we've sold several item on eBay and listed a lot more.  We've also packed up about half our books to bring to my parents' library (they have a big house). We'll do a lot more this weekend--we've been out of town a lot.  Yey!!

 

Love reading all the things y'all are doing!  It's encouraging and gives me some good ideas.  :)

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