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I am in a pretty rough situation right now. Almost everything my children and I own (excluding clothing, toiletries, some toys, a few linens and kitchen items) is going to go into a long term storage unit.<br><br>
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can do this in an organised way? I want to be able to know where my items are and be able to retrieve anything quickly and easily if needed.<br><br>
I've decluttered to the max, but I need to hold onto my furniture, dishes, books, computer, etc for when I will need them again in the future.<br><br>
I was thinking of making a master list of all of my possessions (that will be confronting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ), numbering the packing boxes and writing the number next to the item on the list. Then I can alphabetise it, and quickly find the item I need, and the box number it should be in.<br><br>
Does anyone have and ideas or suggestions on how I can make this go smoothly? Has anyone else had to pack up and leave everything?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Before my sister left for Germany, she packed up all her stuff here to store in my basement. She hand-wrote lists of what was inside each box, then taped it to the outside of the box/container. The idea was that if she needed something to be shipped, I could find it easily. It's worked so far---If only she had decluttered the crud before leaving, it would have been oh, so, much easier for me! (the anal little creature actually listed the book titles as well....)
 

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I am in the midst of doing something similar. We are moving to Brazil to teach in 4 months. Our new apartment will be furnished and we can only ship a limited number of things. I am getting rid of as many things as possible and REALLY questioning the quantity of things I have (# of sheets, towels, etc...). I'm not much help but going through something similar!
 

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We had to put most everything for storage for a year while we remodeled. As I packed each box I gave the box a number and kept a notebook listing what was each box. Each box was limited to items from a certain room. We loaded stuff we knew we wouldn't need to access in the back of the storage unit, and more used stuff near the front. This system worked out well for us, but your master list idea also sounds like a good one.<br><br>
You may find that even though you have already decluttered, you toss even more stuff when the time comes to unpack down the road. I feel like I got rid of 1/2 our stuff when we moved out then 1/2 of what was left when we moved back in!
 

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Depending on how long you plan to store things, sometimes it's cheaper not to pay to rent storage -- just sell it all at a garage sale, then buy used again when you're ready.
 
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