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pgrover75

I respectfully disagree with the whole premise of this article. While in some cases, there may not be such a volume of stuff to deal with that a weekend pack-up would be possible, I think you are setting unrealistic expectations for many people. Never mind the amount of time needed to physically pack up everything you describe - the biggest time sink for me was the decisions of what to keep. There may be times when we are forced to make a move quickly, but in general, if you know you'll be moving, start on the decision process as early as possible.

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npauy

It took me 3 months to get ready to move. 2 yard sales, recycling, donating and packing. I set up a packing station, 8ft table, in the garage with all packing supplies. Label boxes by room and by grouped items. And several weeks for box hunting and deciding if totes were needed. I did do a spreadsheet before packing. This is great for assessing the type of boxes needed, how many and the size of truck. Once packing started, doing the fragile items in kitchen was first. I used my best energy on those items. Then I took all decor items on tables around the house and packed all of them at the same time, not by room. The wall art was grueling. I had about 30 pieces, all shrink wrapped. Bicycle boxes are excellent. We bought an extension bar for $25 from auto zone to go across the truck, all hanging clothes went on it last. We simply covered with painter's plastic and secured hangers to the rode with rope. So easy, quick and simple. Hanging clothes was last on, first out. All in all, I grouped liked items and packed accordingly. This is useful for the new abode. When you are ready to decorate, hang wall art, etc. Unearth those items and choose what works best. Then a new level of purging begins. Downsizing and moving out of state is work. You have to organize and keep organizing. We made two separate trips, renting a truck twice and a couple of friends, plus supplies for under $1K.

   
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celestina89

Took me and 2 friends a week to move 10 miles: 2 horse trailers; 1 16' flatbed; 1 24' flatbed; 3 trucks (2 dually; 1 regular). I moved 2 tractors, 20 head of horses, farm equipment & supplies. The household stuff took one trip using a dually and 1 flatbed. :)

   

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