We started packing immediately. Given the number of times we have moved in our lifetime, and have moved others, (both our parent’s estates and in helping our kids) we have been caught like deer in the headlights, surrounded by mounds of our ‘oh it’s not that much stuff’ and the pressure of the closing clock is dictating you have to get out now!
As we know what it means to divest ourselves of stuff seeing we have moved four times in five years. For instance, when we moved out west, we greatly decluttered and minimalized, only moving 10 x 1 ½ cubic foot boxes, 3 x large boxes and about 9 large suitcases. No, we didn’t move any furniture nor did we move a car. It wasn’t worth it to move either, there are always deals to be found. We could easily replace and rebuild once moved for the most part cheaper if we looked for sales or purchased cheap and cheerful items. Now several moves later and accumulating new stuff, we knew we needed to go through everything with great discernment. In addition, we know how we can fool ourselves into thinking oh, there isn’t really that much and, in a heartbeat, find out that the stuff is like the old fashion kid’s baby bottle that keeps filling every time you turn it over.
So, the purge began. Yes, again. Certainly, we didn’t have as much to reduce as in our move out west, however, what we did find is that a number of our cheap and cheerful items weren’t worth moving but we were happy to share them with neighbours and our youngest son.
We sorted and packed by rooms and themes. More than ever before we spent money on bubble wrap and used small boxes for anything fragile. We figured instead of labelling each box, it was easier to just tell the movers all cardboard holds fragile items. Saved from previous moves, we have 17 large black stackable plastic bins (purchased at Costco) which we used for lighter items, artwork, clothing, bedding, pillows, kitchen items, art supplies etc. We stacked the boxes in the closets and in our storage units, hidden from view.
The packing continued in small spurts for almost two months until we received an offer. Once there was an offer, we went into packing overdrive for two weeks. The advantage of bridge financing is that one doesn’t have to leave the home being sold like a bat out of hell and could save the exceptionally highly delicate items to be picked up a couple weeks after the movers. Our sass turned out somewhat humbling as not only did we have to regularly rent a van to take these items up to Comox, even after this move, we still have items that will fill our VW Beetle when we return to Langford to do the final signing for the closing March 31. So, you see packing can’t start soon enough, and even for those of us who think we have perfected the art of moving, we still have underestimated the stuff.