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   Posted 8/13/2007 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
That's moving as in, moving to another house...
Long story, but the house we thought we'd move into at some point later this year, is actually going to be available in about a month! It's in our best interest to move ASAP and get our house on the market in September, before the usual November-January sales slump.
But I am completely overwhelmed by the work it's going to entail! The move is just to another town about 10 miles away, but the amount of work packing up this house, painting and unpacking over there, then getting this one ready for the market is the same. I haven't undertaken anything this big since my diagnosis, and with just one month to do it...I don't know if I can pace myself as much as I would ordinarily.

I do have a healthy, strong hubby, a strong 4th grade boy, and a wiry little kindergartner who loves to help out. We can't afford to hire actual movers, but can maybe spring for a few teenagers to help on moving day. Ditto on being unable to afford painters or housecleaners, either.
I'd appreciate tips from BTDT lupies. I look around at the clutter and just feel completely overwhelmed. I'm not a naturally organized person, and lupus brain fog doesn't help that any! LOL
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   Posted 8/14/2007 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, you have a full plate! I did this about nine years ago when we built our current house.

I would begin by reducing what you need to pack. Organize a quick "Moving Sale" and sell anything and everything you have not used or worn in the last twelve months. Get rid of any older furniture that is cluttering your house, too. Doing this will make it easier to unpack after the move, too. Anything left after the sale needs to be donated to Goodwill or to Salvation Army, or, maybe, to your church.

I made almost $900 at my Moving Sale and used the money to buy boxes and packing materials at U-H... (they were the least expensive and the nicer boxes are easier to move than the grocery store leftovers of all different sizes and qualities). I was also able to hire a local moving company to move our bigger furniture and many of the packed boxes on moving day. They were great and they set up the beds and put the swing set up in the backyard! I even had money left to order pizza delivery for dinner that day - I certainly didn't feel like cooking!

Also, get ready to really simplify your life by throwing out any junk or clothing that is not worth selling or giving away. Invest in a box of large, green garbage bags and have the kids do their own rooms. Hubby can help you tackle the kitchen, coat closet, linen closet, basement, attic, storage shed, etc. I bought my son and daughter each a large, plastic box with a lid to put things in that they wanted to keep. This was a great way for them to clean out and organize their drawers, closets, and shelves. They were all able to help find many items for the Moving Sale and for the trash collector! I found myself becoming quite generous to friends and family members, too. My sister always takes my clothes and loves my knick-knacks that I am trying to 'shed'!

The week before the move, if possible, start moving your kitchen. This room is usually the most time-consuming. Move everything but the dishes and such you will need at home or use paper plates and such for a week. Set up your pantry, organize your dishes, glassware, etc. Bathrooms are next. If these rooms can be mostly done before "Moving Day", then your move in will be a breeze. I tried to even have many of my pictures hung up before we moved. Also, if you can, try to move as much of your hanging clothes in the closets before moving day, too. This will free you up to direct the movers where you would like to have the furniture placed.

So, to summarize, sell, throw away, or give away as much as possible. You will be amazed! And, remember, the less furniture and knick knacks that are sitting around in your new house, the less you have to clean and dust! Or, if you should win the lottery, the more room you will have for all your new furniture and stuff!

Best Wishes and Happy Moving!
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   Posted 8/14/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Kari, I'm glad you brought this up because within this next year we are going to be moving too and the thought is very overwhelming. Audrey Ann has some great ideas and I'll have to use some of them. I agree about de-cluttering> I've been trying to go through a room a week and separate things into a "donate" or "pack" pile. We live in too rural of an area to have a sale, so I've been donating a lot. It's amazing how much clutter I got out of my kids' rooms and they got to be part of the process too. It's amazing how much stuff I've donated or packed up for our future move and it is made things seem a little less overwhelming to tackle one thing at a time instead of looking at the big overwhelming picture.

I'm not sure yet if we can afford movers (I'm not sure how much they cost), but if we can't, we'll have to ask family and friends to help. My husband can do a lot, but he can't do it by himself.

I really hope the moving isn't too stressful and that you don't get too worn out. After you get done and get recovered you can give me some more tips. Keep us posted on how things are going for you and how the move is going.

Take care
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   Posted 8/14/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I just closed on my first house the first week in June. The actual move day wasnt too bad. Everytime we went to the house to paint/clean/etc I would load up the car with a few boxes, and unpack at the new house if possible. I packed up winter clothes, bathroom stuff (kept essentials as you would packing for vacation), school junk, kitchen, and only kept things we used everyday. If I packed it and ended up needing it, it was okay, I just ran over there and got it. We only moved about 6 miles. So the actual move day we only had a couple trucks of furnature. It wasnt quite so overwhelming since I did everything day by day instead of all at once.
The days were still long; paint, refinishing floor, sanding, cleaning...but the excitement kept me going!
I am still unpacking, but then again I talk to people who have lived in their home for years and are still unpacking!
Good luck, just take easy it one day at a time!
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   Posted 8/14/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest in addition to weeding out unused stuff you really take a long look at what you truly need. Seriously we all have a ton of things we don't need. If you have many many pairs of shoes pick out 10 pair of less to keep and make sure they will go with a lot of stuff. You need to make sure you cut down on excess clothes too. I realized I had clothes in like 6 sizes and decided to get rid of many clothes. I know some kids have about a million clothes and stuffed animals. Make everyone reduce their stuff by half if possible. Seriously, not only will you have a great sale but the move will be made twenty times easier. You should also begin packing NOW. Find everything you absolutely cannot give up but that you do not need until the move is over and pack it away now so you will be ahead of the game. Have your oldest help out a lot. Your husband needs to make sure his stuff is absolutely necessary. If he has something you hate try and convince him it is easier to get rid of it than keep it. Tell him it will be one less thing he has to lift and move. Seriously make him realize most of the actual lifting and moving will end up his responsibility. As to painting, only paint the stuff you cannot leave undone before move in then slowly paint what you need painted after the move. As for the old place use money from the moving sale to hire someone to help clean it. If you have family then impose on them for help. Especially teenage family members. I hope this helps. I got rid of more than 1/2 our stuff and our move was still a pain in the rear.
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   Posted 8/15/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

The kids and I just moved into the new (rental) house two weeks ago.  It all happened so fast, that there was not time to pack or organize....  my parents, friends from church, and my kids all helped out so much.  The biggest help came from my oldest son and his friends!  I had five full size trucks in my driveway on Staurday at 8am ready to go.  I truly dont know what I would have done without them!  Although, I did end up with a love dent in the side of my refrigerator. LOL!

BTW... our old house is in mold remediation.









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   Posted 8/16/2007 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the great tips! I kind of like the idea of getting rid of half our stuff. The house we're moving to is older than our current one, which translates into more square footage but WAY less closet and storage space! So if I don't have any place to put it, why not just have a massive yard sale?

I'll let you know if I learn any other energy/time saving tips in the process!

Thanks again!
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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   

You've gotten so much terrific advice that I don't have anything to add. I think the best advice I've heard here is to de-clutter your house and then go through one closet or one room, or one cabinet at a time. Let us know how it goes.
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   Posted 8/16/2007 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the declutter. The longer you live somewhere, the more you accumulate and everything seems to multiply and have babies. My husband is the worst pack rat, drives me nuts. We must have 50 all purpose computer cable cords, for what I don't know. Normally I would suggest start packing way before you think you need to start because you'll end up packing things you don't need but it looks like you are pressed for time anyway. Just make sure you got a big trash bin next to you when you pack so it's easy to get rid of the stuff you don't need before it ends up in a box.

Good luck
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