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Packing and Moving tips?

Does anyone have any packing and moving tips? Also, any tips on getting rid of things. We will be moving soon and I want to take the time to get rid of our extra clutter. I am not a hoarder but I do have problems getting rid of certain things event though I don't use them or need them.


Asked by JeremysMom at 10:01 PM on Oct. 21, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Moving can be a pain in the butt ...
    Here is how we have done it in the past and it seems to work well...
    Pack all closets/seasonal/ non using items from all of the rooms with each box sealed and labeled well...
    throw out broken/ items that you have no intentions of using again or donate them...
    leave a few items that you and your family will be using out or boxed still open...
    Packing a truck, put all large items furniture the non usable/closet/seasonal items in first, put items that you use
    often enough, but not daily in next,then all beds/kitchen items/etc... in last bc all of these items will go into your home first
    and can be set up first(and all bdrms should be set up asap prior to moving other items into the new place)... this gives a feeling of home/comfort during a move... and it's less of a stress to put other items
    into their own place... also do NOT remove clothing out of drawers from dressers, just cover.

    Answer by gmasboy at 11:14 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • Will you have a garage? We put everything but furniture into the garage in areas by priority (as we packed, we marked boxes in 4 priorities), then brought in the boxes one by one. The rule was that if you brought in a box, you had to completely unpack it- no putting things somewhere "for now" (we all now how "for now" goes!). It helped lower the clutter. My DH has A LOT of stuff, and I'm a minimalist, so the house is now somewhere in between, though the garage still has a lot of stuff.
    You can get boxes from people on Craigslist or Freecycle (yahoo groups), and likely, packing materials. You can always use newspaper, too.
    I know there are some highly organized people on here with much better ideas, but here's a jumping off point! =)
    Good luck with the move!!

    Answer by musicpisces at 10:05 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • I always ensure that I keep the sentimental things which I find irreplaceable. Also, I begin packing the things which are not used that often, but that I do use once in a while (i.e., holiday decorations, certain baking/cooking supplies, etc.) Generally, when I clean out to get rid of stuff, I donate items to charities and the sorts.

    Answer by TeensMom07 at 10:04 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • At our house, if it hasnt been used in a couple of months, and it's not seasonal, IT'S GOING. I would just make a rule like that, and stick to it. Once you get some momentum getting rid of clutter you'll find it easier!!

    Answer by MommaofH2 at 10:15 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • I have the same problems - I just moved a couple months ago. I went through everything as I packed and tried to put things into a "donate" box if it was good, but I just didn't want it or need it. I also made a couple of boxes of "yard sale" items - things too good to throw away or worth too much to donate. If I still have the boxes in the spring and have not had a yard sale, I will go ahead and donate those too. Tried also to pack like things - when the cleaning supplies box was full, I started going through them and seeing what was almost empty or was something I didn't use on a regular basis and gave those away or threw them away - same with hair stuff, kitchen stuff. That helped eliminate a lot of stuff - more than I would have thought !! I still have lots of clothes to go through, but I have also lost a lot of weight - want to go through those and wash them all too, so I can give those to friends or donate those too

    Answer by JustMyOpinion22 at 11:44 AM on Oct. 22, 2010

  • I also had the opportunity to build a closet in my new bedroom, but even if I hadn't, I decided that one closet and 2 dressers was plenty of clothing. I have always been a clothes "collector". I love clothes. However, that much space for clothes is enough (the closet is HUGE - 10 feet long and 5 feet wide with 5 clothes poles, each 5 feet long (two levels, I am short, so don't much long space). The closet is almost finished and when it is, I will really start the clothing purge !!! I started to do a mass washing, but after the first bunch of loads, I figured that having the closet ready to put the clothes directly into was going to work better. I figure I will put the clothes I really love on one pole to begin with and clothes I probably want to keep on another, and then clothes that I might keep on another - then will start to sort again when the closet starts to get full - it sounds good, but I hope it works !!!

    Answer by JustMyOpinion22 at 11:49 AM on Oct. 22, 2010

  • I had the same idea as musicpisces when I started this move too - but without a garage or a basement, it was harder than I thought it would be. We each did have an "extra" room, so most boxes went into those rooms and then got unpacked into the bedrooms and offices, then what was left stayed in the "extra" rooms. We do have two large covered porches as well - things are still out there in plastic totes and under tarps - hope to have that all cleared out and put away before it snows !!! Luckily I did not put much into the barn, since we needed to clean it out first - a 50-foot oak tree fell over onto it 5 weeks after we bought the property - we almost had it cleaned out and I did have a small amount amount of stuff under the covered porch it had on the front of it - now I have to replace the washer/dryer, lots of car stuff, and lots of lawn equip., but fortunately not anything we could not replace !!!

    Answer by JustMyOpinion22 at 11:56 AM on Oct. 22, 2010

  • Pack away as much as you can early and mark all of your boxes well. For example, I label each box with the room it goes to and where - Master bedroom, top of dresser. That way I know where it came from before. We have a lot of books I have found that packing them in brown paper bags works great. The bags hold up and they are small enough that they are not too heavy when packed (which is what I run into with boxes).

    Answer by scout_mom at 1:58 PM on Oct. 23, 2010

  • u can also give away unused stuff on craigslist i gave away lots of closthes and stuff,its awesome.....just put ur cleaning and moving so they can come and pick up the stuff if wanted.

    Answer by desires_place at 11:08 AM on Oct. 24, 2010