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Has anyone had the experience of packing up a home of 30+ years?

We need to start packing up this place. My parents are going to have to live somewhere else without stairs sooner rather than later. We need to live here until that point, but we'll have to sell the house to afford the move. They have lived here for 50 years. Does anyone have any ideas/ pointers/ advice of any sort? Funny stories, anything????


Asked by kjrn79 at 12:50 PM on Nov. 2, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • When we did this for my mother the hardest part was her letting go of anything. If yo have any siblings have them make a list of the things they want dibs on. Also have your Mom let you know if there are specific items that she wants to give to specific person. It is a good idea also to have her write it down in case there are ever any disagreements later. Try to take the stuff to tos and stuff to donate away when your parents are not there. That way it is not as emotionally hard on them to see their things being tossed. Even if they are OK with the idea right now when you are actually tossing and/or donate their attitude may change.

    Good Luck

    Answer by darlinedemoss at 1:50 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • We are so going to this soon. My FIL will have to go to a home soon. He's disabled and has done no reorganizing or junk removal for 32 years. It makes me tired to think about it.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 12:53 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • I packed up our house after we were there 22 years. Hella tired when i was done. LOL

    Start with stored stuff you don't need first. and move toward thing you use frequently. Like stored stuff, then seldom used stuff, then used but not needed right now(summer clothes), until all you have left to pack are very essential things. Pack those last and unpack first. LABEL every box.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:55 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • Have them sort out those essentials that they cannot live without in the new place. Then you go through the rest with your siblings and permission from your parents. Remember that "emotional" items do not need to go now. Put them in a box and if you haven't used them in a year or two and no longer have the attachment - then get rid of it (trash, give away, sell).

    All important paperwork needs to go into a fireproof lock box - wills, insurance papers, banking information, marriage certificate, etc.

    Good luck!

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 1:15 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • Agree with suggestions here and we put eveything into one of three piles......stuff to keep, stuff to trash, stuff to donate. It heped a lot to be able to categorize it. Good luck with it all.

    Answer by elizabr at 3:07 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • yes you have stuff that you foregot you had.

    Answer by dorispierce at 2:01 PM on Nov. 3, 2010