You don't seem too excited to move in your new home from your old one, why is that? You have been looking for a new place to buy since forever ago, and you finally found it, I thought you would be tickled to death.
Ahh, okay, I got it, you have too much to pack, you don't know where to start, what to pack first and when should you start packing? I am with you, they can be overwhelming when you only have a few days to pack the 10 years collections. Well, I have a few pointers may be able to help you out a little bit.
First thing first, you are moving to a new home, it is a great time to throw/give away the stuffs that you have not used for years or already broken but you never did throw away. Yes, I know, those stuffs you have hidden way back in the closet so you won't see them. But they are still there, it is time to pull them out.
Let's break it down step by step for you:
- When do you start packing? It is not that much about when you start packing, it is about getting it organized. It should start as soon as you have a contract on your current or future house. Get it down to different categories like MOVE, GARAGE SALES(if you plan to do one), THROW AWAY, CHARITY
- Where to start? Separate the stuffs in different boxes and label them THROW AWAY and CHARITY first. You will be amazed how much stuffs are gone after these are get rid of first. After that, get the things you want to sell in the garage sale together. Price them and pick a date for the sale. After the sale, some more stuffs are gone, you can donate the rest or give them away to friends and other family members. Obviously you don't want them, that's why they are in the garage sale, so don't bring them back in the house. Get rid of them!
- What to pack? I suggest to start this process about a week to 10 days before the closing, it depends on how much stuffs you have left on hand. Put away those personal belongings like pictures on the wall, floral arrangements, any home decor in boxes and label them first. Next, dishes. I know all of us have too many dishes we don't use after we bought them. Pack them up with bubble wrap, you can buy them in store like Office Depot, so you won't break them during moving. Clothes out of the season, pack them now. All the extra kitchen ware, silver ware, pack them. Only leave enough things to use for that week and 10 days.