When I did that in the past, I ended up just putting everything in boxes and not going through them at all. This new house has less space to store things, so this is a perfect time, to whittle down my piles and only keep the things that are important to us. In the last two weeks, I have donated 5 bags of things to a local charity and thrown out at least 24 bags of garbage (I lost count at that point, there may be more). I felt no need to be weighed down by all those papers and junk that I have no use for.
I also went through our holiday decorations, got rid of some old and worn ones that had no sentimental value, so another bag of garbage there. I put all the things I wanted to keep in plastic containers, that will be easy to recognize when I am looking for them and will also keep them safe.
I truly feel like we will be prepared long in advance. Everything seems to be falling in line:
- I have a place to live
- I have electricity arranged.
- I have cable and internet arranged
- I have phones arranged
- I have the truck lined up
- I have driver for truck lined up (Thank you Princess Tigger)
- I have all the appropriate reservations arranged
- I have the movers to unload the truck arranged
- I have help to load the truck arranged
- I am getting packed up
- I have scoped out the neighborhood for the location of grocery stores, Tim Horton's, drug stores, convenience stores and even take out places.
- Figure out how to get the things to the dump that are too big for local garbage pickup but are not good enough to take with us.
- Forward the mail