Well, if a month early is anal, I don't know what I am. We moved last year, and I started packing as soon as I knew we planned on moving.....nearly a year ahead!! We've been married 21 years, and have 3 kids...lots of stuff. I started by sorting through the garage and closets, getting rid of anything we didn't need anymore, and packing what we wouldn't need to use over the next few months. I made labels on the computer, numbered them, put them on the box, and made a copy for a notebook. (I can find anything I need even if it's still in a box!)
Then I went through the house and packed things like pictures, nic nacs, things that we didn't actually use, and from there, slowly packed other items. Sold things in garage sales, took lots to Salvation Army, and sent plenty to the dump.
I made sure that at the end, the items we needed to unpack 1st had bright yellow labels that couldn't be missed.
at 11:19 AM on Oct. 13, 2009