Moving- What would you pack first?

United States
February 21, 2009 6:30am CST
Our move is still a couple weeks off, but we have so much stuff, I really should start the packing now. I just don't know what to start packing first. I can't pack the clothes, I don't know what we'll need over the next couple weeks. I can't pack dishes, or kids toys. I don't own any knick knacks really. So I just don't know where to begin! What I am most likely going to do starting this weekend is weed through all the junk we have in this house, and get rid of all the unwanted items. I'll go through the kids toys and throw out or give away any toy I don't plan on bringing with us. Then I'll do the same thing with the clothes. If you were moving soon, where would you start? What would you pack first?
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@mysdianait (65109)
• Italy
21 Feb 09
I have moved somany times Iseem tobe getting good at it lol. I start ages before the move packing evrything on the shelves. Books and ornaments and anything hang on the walls are the first things to be packed. I just keep going until it's gets nearer the date for the move when I will have one of eveything still around. I don't envy you one little bit and once you get there it all has to be unpacked and that seems to take forever.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Unpacking has never been difficult for me. I'm usually quite excited about being in my new place and want it to feel homey, so I get all my stuff out and put away usually the first day or two. It's the packing I've never enjoyed. Because of this feeling of "what first" I usually end up waiting too long because I'm afraid we're using too much of it and it can't be packed, then I'm racing to get it all done in time within the last week prior to the move.
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@mysdianait (65109)
• Italy
21 Feb 09
When I'm packing I thow some stuff out and pack the rest. When I'm upacking and then find a whole lot more that could have been dumped too. That's why I'm not keen on it
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Hey kats! I'm really glad that I'm not planning on moving! I have been living in my small apartment for 28 years now and have lots of knick knacks and I have already gone through them last year and gotten rid of alot of things but still have plenty left! I wouldn't know where to start! Packing is the worst part of moving! I think you have the right idea though. Packing whatever you won't be needing in the next few weeks first is the best way to get started. Going through things that you don't need or want and getting rid of things is the first step. I'm sure you will have it under control once you get started.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
My mom had lived in her apartment over 20 years, and she often joked it would take a bulldozer to get all her stuff out of there. Well she passed away 2 years ago, and it took 3 or 4 of us a matter of a month or so to clear all her stuff out. I personally went over twice in 2 weeks to take any of the things I wanted from there, and anything that was basically dumped on me. My brother and her roommate were stuck with the rest of the stuff.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
21 Feb 09
I would go room to room and pack any decorative stuff (pictures, nick knacks) or things you are certain you wont use in the next few weeks. I would also use this time to eliminate anything you don't need, use or want. If it's donatable then donate it, if not then just throw it away. Since you're moving into a smaller place be a little brutal with it, get rid of as much junk as you can. After all the decorative stuff and things you wont use are packed up just leave it for a few days. Then start packing all the stuff that you can live w/o until you move and keep doing that until all you have left is your clothes and toiletries. By the time you're ready to move it will be like you're staying in a hotel but it makes for a quick & organized transition. The kitchen should probably be the last room but any small appliances or things you have doubles of can always be packed up in advance or gotten rid of all together. Have fun, I know moving kinda sucks!
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• United States
22 Feb 09
I have started getting rid of some stuff. I talked my daughter into donating her little play kitchen and doll house only cuz I'm certain we won't have room for them. We'll get there little by little.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I would go through my kitchen and pack things I barely ever use. I feel like I use everything in my kitchen because I cook so often but I know I would be able to fill quite a few boxes with rarely used items. I would also pack things in closets that only come out periodically. This is the perfect time to start getting rid of things you really don't use. And if the things you no longer want are in good shape then have a yard sale or ebay them and make some extra money. I sold 3 things last week on ebay and made $20. Good luck packing, I don't envy you.....but I would help if I was closer.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
I have started getting rid of a few things, I offered them on Freecycle and actually made $10 off a couple baby items yesterday cuz I drove them out to the girl (but she offered moving boxes which I was going there for anyways, so it worked for me!). I've got a cupboard full of baby bottles and sippy cups we're not really using anymore and I gotta get to cleaning that out, most of the stuff will be tossed. Then above my washer is a big mess of tools and cleaning supplies, so I can pack away or at least organize most of that.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Feb 09
I've moved so many times - exhausting and such hard work. I hope that you have friends to help you. My last move was better as I bought a house in the same community where I had rented. So we painted the place and then my friends and children made many trips with stuff in cars and we unpacked and packed in the right places. This did make it easier but when they moved the furniture they broke my oak dining room oval table into nine pieces. That wasn't good at all. I would do what you are doing - anything not used or broken then trash it. Good luck.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
I doubt we'll have help other than ourselves, we are getting the moving truck for free, and we both have large vehicles which will fit a lot of stuff (well, kids in one, stuff in another) so that will make for fewer trips. Although, we moved in here with no help other than his parents, and they kept freaking out whenever I'd try to touch something to carry it cuz I was 8 months pregnant. I think I almost gave his mom a heart attack when I picked up a dresser by myself! LOL.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
21 Feb 09
I would mostly pack the clothes first.Then i will see i keep the tickets in the bag so that there is no problem near the ticket collector.Then i will pack the things like emergency medicines needed for the journey.Then i will pack things like brush,shaving blade,toothpaste etc.
• United States
21 Feb 09
I'm moving, not going on a trip.
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@blitz069 (38)
• Australia
21 Feb 09
its weird that i find this, im actually moving houses soon. well not soon.. in a month or so.. hmm, maybe i should that about what i should pack since it seems like such a hard decision.. hmmm.. lucky for me i DO have knick knacks, so those first hmmm, what next. painting!!
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Yes, if I had knick knacks they'd be the first to go into a box. Unfortunatly with so many children, I do not have many knick knacks. Either they've been broken or I just haven't bothered.
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@moneymommy (3419)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I would go around the house to each room and start packing anything that I have not used in 3 months. But I think first I would look to see if there is anything that I havent used in a year and just donate it.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
That's not a bad idea, and it's probably just what I'm going to do. I haven't even gotten any boxes yet! I'll have to go out and do that today.
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@Anne19 (300)
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
If I'm gonna be moving out, I think I'll start with those things that I haven't used for quite some time. It might include books, pictures, albums, and cd's. It would also be a good idea to get rid off useless things old shoes, clothes and the likes. Moving out is really difficult particularly if you have a lot of stuff. I wish you luck on your new home... :)
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@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
22 Feb 09
I always pack my books. i do treasure my books and I do carry them with me whenever I have to move. I still have some books which are from my childhood.
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@rakesh284 (1473)
• India
22 Feb 09
It is a good idea to share such a thing. I think I will first collect important things such as important documents, things such as electrical appliances. Photographs both ours and those which are hanging on the wall. Some cloths and toys too. Some stuff for cooking food. Things which are required for its Inaugural ceremony.
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Clothes I didn't need and all but a few books, is where I started when we moved here. I felt alot like you at the time! Good luck with the moving and may it be as speedy as you need it to be!
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• Australia
22 Feb 09
For me I guess the first thing I'd tackle is stuff which I consider the easiest and quickest to pack - which would probably be my video/dvd and videogame collection. They'd all be able to just be thrown into a dozen large boxes, and then from there I'd be able to pull down all my shelving units that house them. Then I'd hesitantly begin to tackle other things heh.
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@masata (408)
• Indonesia
22 Feb 09
When I need to move, I will probably do some preparation one week before the date. Firstly, I will try to list all things that are vital but they are forgotten easily. Things like book, accessories, and many other things. I also put some hightlights on the formal clothing sets that I need to bring.
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@deanna2 (159)
• United States
22 Feb 09
hi first of all i would do what you said go to one room at a time throw away what i no longer needed and pack the things that you would not be needing before the move
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@celticeagle (121096)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Feb 09
I usually pack all the stuff that I know I won't be using. Then as time passes I pack more as it comes apparent that I won't be using it. Then just get it done! Cram it, stuff it, pack it, whatever it takes to get the rest of it packed and gone.
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@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
When we moved out from our previous apartment, the first few things i packed were my clothes, bags, shoes, flip flops, gadgets and some stuffs for the house like curtains, bedsheets and towels.. =) you know, you should start packing your things as early as now to avoid future dilemmas.. and yes, don't forget to check your place(if you have missed something) before leaving..
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@cher913 (25889)
• Canada
21 Feb 09
last time we moved i packed the stuff i didnt need (like books and knickknacks and off season clothing and shoes) and packed them several weeks in advance. then days before i packed clothes and shoes i wouldnt be needing canned foods etc and the day of i packed perishables and stuff like that.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I normally get rid of a lot of things that I don't really need when I am moving. I would start there and then start packing up some unused things like summer clothes, toys that don't get played with often, pictures, books, movies, and things of that nature. I would leave anything cooking related, cleaning related, and most clothing for later.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
I'd start packing all of the items that we normally don't use. By getting rid of those items, when it comes down to the day of or even the night before the move, I just have to worry about packing the items that I've been using. Also, picking a room in starting in one room and working on that room before moving onto the next is probably a good idea. It will help keep you from getting scattered and you'll be able to pack up all the things in one room and then you can start making that room the room where you store the things you'll be using for the rest of the week before you have to pack those items.
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