I’m writing this from a phone. We moved to our new home this week and I have no idea where the charger to our laptop is hiding!
A few weeks ago I shared our family’s plans to downsize. With the housing market in recovery, I did not expect that our house would sell anytime soon. But much to our surprise, we had an offer within three weeks, and after some hectic negotiations, we accepted! It took about six weeks, from listing to closing, to sell our house. We had about three weekends to pack up. It was a pretty eventful time for us! Here some of the things that worked out for us, plus the things that we found difficult:
Purging: I took moving as an opportunity to get rid of a lot of the clutter around our house. I figured each thing I got rid of would be one fewer item to pack. Also, our new place is quite a bit smaller than our old home, and we don’t have a lot of storage space, so it was necessary to pare down. Over the course of about three weeks we got rid of probably a third of our belongings. The first two weeks we cleared out all of our valuable, but unused items. The weekend before we moved we had a garage sale. We priced things aggressively to ensure they sold. We also donated a lot of odds and ends. Now that we are in the new house I am planning to get rid of even more stuff as I unpack and can better determine what we need and where we have a surplus.
Use it all up: Once we put our house on the market, I made it my goal to use what we had instead of buying anything new. We managed to eat almost everything in our fridge, deep freezer, and pantry, which made it a lot easier to manage moving those appliances and their contents. Same goes for beauty products, medicine, gift wrap, craft items, and office supplies.
For the last few days, buy shelf-stable foodstuffs: We ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches in the days leading up to our move. We also did a lot of takeout and fast food, but any time we could make a meal out of food we had on hand was healthier and better for our budget.