and have no idea where to start I've lived here for 10yrs so you can imagine how much stuff had accumulated *sigh*
Any sorting/packing tips?
It all just seems so overwhelming and my health is not great atm either which makes it worse.
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27-05-2012 18:41 #1
I have to move house
27-05-2012 18:49 #2
When we moved interstate we had to do a huge cull as it was so expensive to move it all. We sorted our garage into stuff to move with us, stuff to go to go to charity and stuff to throw. I called st Vincent depaul and they sent their truck to pick up a heap of stuff ( mainly baby furniture). Whatever they couldn't take went into the throw pile and then I hired a skip and got rid of all the throw pile. From there we packed the rest and moved it into the garage as we packed. When moving day came we had everything except large furniture sorted into sections in the garage ( I.e fragile, heavy, non boxed stuff like swing set and trampoline) which made it really easy and quick for the removalists.
Good luck with your move. I hate moving and am determined not to let clutter build up again as we are renting and never know when we will next have to move.
27-05-2012 18:53 #3
Thanks for that I need to get a skip but can't for a week or so so might just have to start piling stuff near the gate or something.
Sorting things into the shed is a good idea too.
I keep going to start then just walk around in circles and end up back on the couch wondering where to start :/ might just wait til the kids are at school tomorrow and start with their rooms and do one room at a time.
27-05-2012 18:57 #4
*hugs* that would devastate me! Are u ok?
I would start, one room at a time, take boxes in with you.
Whatever u see or touch decide if its needed (i do this by thinking if ive used it or needed it in the last 18 months) if the answer is no, toss or donate. What u keep goes into a box
While looking for a place, i was packing things that werent needed, basically the kids kept one box of toys open, the rest got packed, extra linens and everything but 4 plates, 4 forks cups knives etc were packed.
27-05-2012 18:58 #5
I'm doing the same thing ATM and due to a short settlement I only have 2 weeks. I have done the kids rooms and have so far culled 2 boxes and 2 bags (I still have 4 rooms 2 go).
I have accumulated so much and there is so much we haven't used or worn in the last 3 years it's time for a total clean out so I'm being ruthless if it has not been used in a year and a half it's gone, if it doesn't fit it's gone, if I bought it and have never used it (shamefully there's some stuff still with tags) it's gone.
I have also vowed to never buy impulsively again.
Good luck with the move.
27-05-2012 19:00 #6Senior Member
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If you can't immediately put it in a skip, sort and hide. So garbage bags etc. Try and do you throwing out on a day when you are feeling brutal. It makes a huge difference.
Then again, if you don't want to rush the decision to ditch things, try a shirt term storage unit. It's a good interim solution.
27-05-2012 19:01 #7
Thanks DE. I'm sorta ok sorta not. It's all a bit complicated (family stuff) so everything is up in the air. I don't know when I have to be out just know I need to get started now :/ we'll have to move in with 3 other adults to start with which I'm sure won't be fun. So most of our stuff will have to go in storage as there's no room for it at the other house.
Sandy I'm kicking myself now for letting so much crap build up lol. Half my linen cupboard is full of the kids school work and old pinatas and stuff it's crazy..
Thanks Nancy ive got friends offering sheds for storage which is a big help. I'm an overly sentimental person so culling stuff is going to be hard. I'm not a hoarder just like to hold onto memories a bit too much
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27-05-2012 19:05 #8
We were selling our house so I had to remove all the 'personal items' for open home as the agent advised us that it made people feel less like they were intruding in someone else's home. So the first things packed were ornaments, photo frames, nick nacks, books etc. i would often drag a Whole heap of them into the lounge room, turn on the TV and watch something mindless whilst wrapping and packing. We bought a huge roll of bubble wrap from bunnings for lots of the breakables and I used linen to wrap stuff ( then I didn't have to pack a my linen as extra boxes). Once you get started you get into a bit of a groove. but I know how overwhelming it can be.
I'm not sure how old your kids are but I left my 3 year olds room to last as it was easy to just throw all her toys and stuff into boxes as it didn't need to be wrapped up and that way she only had a small portion of time without her stuff as she was already struggling with the idea of leaving her pink room and her house and friends.
27-05-2012 19:06 #9Senior Member
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Naww I'm the same. It's hard to let go of that sentimental stuff. Really hard Good luck. X
27-05-2012 19:13 #10
Thanks Jez. My boys are 10, 5 and 2. I've explained to the older two that we need to go through their toys and give what they don't use to other kids who need it etc so hopefully they handle that ok. They're a bit up and down about the idea of moving still but it hadn't really sunk in for them yet.
Might have to get my hands on a good tv series to watch lol.
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