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#1 of 6 Old 03-18-2007, 08:49 PM - Thread Starter
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We're seriously considering a move to a town about 2.5 hours away.

That's far enough to only have to rent a small U-Haul to move the big items, and get it all done ourselves, instead of hiring an expensive service - right? (We already have a small house!)

I've already done a lot of decluttering lately, though am primed to do a LOT more as I'm packing, to save time/money/effort/future clutter! On the other hand...

I'm worried that tossing TOO much might make dd a little insecure when we get to the new place. "Mommy, where's my <thing that I haven't played with for years but remember now b/c I'm in a new place>?" :

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I'm also interested in hearing what other mamas have to say about this. We're in the midst of decluttering to get ready for a move and it's *tough* .. much harder than I thought it would be.

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well, if you don't wanna declutter HER stuff, how about you declutter the HECK outta everything else! LOL!!
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We did a HUGE declutter when we started showing our house. We packed up everything we could stand to live without indefinitely and either sold it, gave it away, trashed it or put it in a rental storage unit.

I was amazed at how much more liveable the place was without all our junk around! It made me want to stay! Well, maybe not stay THERE, but you get my point.

So the move happened in 2 phases: the U-haul of furniture/critical stuff, then later another u-haul for the storage stuff.

I have to say, I thought I was pretty organized, but the move was a total fiasco. Timing was crucial, because we had to close on our old house before we could sign on the new one, and the truck had to be loaded/unloaded within a limited time. It turned out the truck was too small, so the night before the new owner's 7 am walk-through, we're calling everybody we know with a pickup, station wagon, hatchback, whatever! OMG it hurts to think about it even now, 18 mos later. If I had it to do over again, I would definitely hire movers. Oh, and our new house was just 15 minutes from the old one, so it wasn't even a long distance move.

Not that your experience will be like mine, of course!:

The one thing we really did right was getting rid of everything that we didn't have a foreseeable use for. For us, the biggest category was books, many of which were purchased second hand and were falling to dust. There was also a fair amount of obsolete computer stuff which was difficult to dispose of responsibly (which is why people gave it to us).

Good luck!

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I thought I got rid of so much stuff in my cross country move, but man, somehow I still seem to have boxes of crap! Part of that is because we decluttered in some prep to move, but then had only 2 weeks notice before moving (job offer with a bonus if DH started in 2 weeks) so at the end when I probably would have been getting rid of more stuff, I was just throwing stuff in boxes and on the truck. We reached a point where it was easier for us to ship it cross country than anything else (since when the truck came, we were getting on a plane in 2 days - we didn't have time to find new homes or sell this stuff and the price of the move wasn't going to be any more or less, it was fixed).

So, I guess give yourself time!?

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When we move next, I'm hoping that PODs service is available.
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