(Just got home yesterday from Camp Mikell, where I’d been volunteering for several days on the Youth Camp Dean’s staff. If you don’t know me, know that I’ve spent every summer since 3rd grade (1993) being a camper, counselor, staffer or dean’s staffer. I love that place–even met my husband there and got married there. So I’ve been intentionally unplugged from the blog for a couple days…but I’m back!)
Moving is one of those times that can get really stressful for most folks. I’ll probably have some good moving and packing tips after I complete all that, but right now I am in the transition phase of simply staring around our house looking at all of our things…just staring. Imagining what size truck we need. Picturing myself sitting on the floor sifting through boxes that we moved to SC with that have never been unpacked in 3 years (should I even open these boxes–or just chuck em’)? Making a lot of lists and inventories.
Ya see, when we moved to SC from NYC, we moved from a small studio apt (1 br/1 ba) to a 3 bedroom house that is around 1500-1600 sq feet. We had some things that we simply sold in NYC for the sake of not hauling things down the coast to SC, so we arrived 3 years ago with a relatively small amount of belongings and a really cute 6 month old dog that passed gas the whole Uhaul trip down. (who moves in a maxi dress? #thisgirl)But now after being in this house for 3 years, (that we still didn’t completely fill), we have acquired a significant amount of stuff. More furniture. More accessories. More camping gear. More books. More clothes. More art. I’m sure many people can relate to this, but now we’re moving somewhere a little smaller–like 1100 sq. feet. So the task begins of “do we ever use that?” and “sell or donate?” and “David, you didn’t hang the Braves flag here…it’s not going to hang in the next house…donate”. So yeah, that’s what I will be doing for the next 2 weeks.My starting points: The guest room (since we won’t have guests), winter clothes and camping gear (since we won’t need them until the fall), and books. Oh and going through every drawer and clothes and junking things we don’t need/use. I like to organize as I pack so that things are organized to then, unpack. I’ll probably keep one large bin or a suitcase empty for the last minute things–so when we’re in our new house on the first night, we’ll have easy access to toothbrushes, toothpaste, phone chargers, hammer, nails, change of clothes…dog bowls and leashes…the necessities.
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