Now you can’t just jump up and move. There are plans that have to be made, a house that will need to be sold, and of course, STUFF that needs to be dealt with.
Oh the stuff….so much! I mentioned in my last article that we would buy a trailer to put our things in, but the real decision to be made was what goes with us in the camper, what gets packed in the trailer, and what we can live without.
Instead of making it overwhelming, we starting packing in one room. I made a pile of things to sell, things for garbage, things for the camper, and things to pack. Even though I have all these cute little piles of things to go in the camper for now, I’m sure as I go along most of it will end up being packed away or sold. That’s why you should leave your boxes of camper things in the house as you are going along instead of taking them out to the camper and thinking that you will somehow find room for everything. It’s not going to happen!
Some other tips…if you plan on keeping your things with you (like we will be with the trailer) make sure everything is very well labeled. That way if you really need something you can get back into the box without too much trouble! There were several things I ended up packing away instead of keeping out that I may need down the road so I’m going to want to remember where I put those.
And as far as deciding what to keep out…we planned on at least 6 months’ worth of things. That means anything we thought we would need in the next 6 months we put in the box to put in the camper. (Office supplies that I didn’t want to buy, certain books, baby toys ect)
We went through our house taking one room at a time. Packing up all the boxes of things to go in the trailer and stacking them on one side wall in the room and getting rid of all the things we really didn’t need or won’t be using anymore (or that we didn’t want to store!) as we go along. This will make the actual move so much easier on us if we do all this packing and cleaning out ahead of time because all I will have to do is clean up the room a bit!
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How to you pack and clean for moving? Do you have any kind of special system?