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  • **Jennifer** **Jennifer**'s Avatar 06-10-08 | 08:19 AM
  • We are closing on our new house June 26th. It has been 5 years and 2 kids ago that we last moved so I am having a hard time figuring out where to start! Where should I start packing?
  • Laurie Laurie's Avatar 06-10-08 | 08:24 AM
  • If it were me...I would get all of the knicknacks, pictures, and off season clothes packed first. That way when you get all the necessities done and settled in, there isn't a depressing mess of stuff to still have to move.
Thank you Laurie!
**Jennifer** (06-10-08)
  • FingersX FingersX's Avatar 06-10-08 | 09:15 AM
  • Start one room at a time and then use the one empty room (ideally close to the exit door that you plan to move out of and one that you don't use often) and put the boxes in there until Move day. While packing the stuff, purge purge purge.

    We moved about two years ago with two small children and two big dogs and I decided that if I didn't use it than I tossed it. Pack up things you don't use everyday first, hold out a certain amount of towels and stuff that you would normally bring on vacation so they day of move in, it's in a suitcase and you can start "living" in the new space until you unpack the rest of the boxes.

    Also, be sure to label the boxes really well, so when moving in, they get into the room they belong in and you don't have to shuffle boxes around to unload them.

    with the move. It's so exciting!!!
Thank you FingersX!
**Jennifer** (06-10-08)
  • MrsPook MrsPook's Avatar 06-10-08 | 10:53 AM
  • You close June 26th and have not even STARTED packing yet?!?!
    OMG Jennifer!

    We have movers coming June 20th to move our furniture into storage and we close on this house on June 27th. We are moving into an apartment because our new house is not finished yet. Great advice from the other ladies. I started with nonessentials and just went room by room. I am more than half done (I think
    ) Amazing how much STUFF you accumulate. 7 years ago when we moved in, we had no kid, no dog, and a lot less junk! Just wanted to say I FEEL YOUR PAIN!
Thank you MrsPook!
**Jennifer** (06-10-08)
  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 06-10-08 | 11:39 AM
  • Yeah, start with the non-essentials (linen closets, storage places, under the beds, spare toys, lawn equipment, off-season clothes, etc.). Pack those up and stack them in the garage or somewhere. Then move on to the appliances you rarely (and won't) use, as well as extra stuff in the bathrooms/bedrooms.

    By the weekend, you should be living on just about the bare necessities. A couple of days before you move, start packing up the extras of what's left so you can focus on the big items on the day of your move.

Thank you Dopey406!
**Jennifer** (06-10-08)