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I am moving house in less than 7 weeks- my husband and I thought we had 14 weeks, so I am panicking a bit. I have a 2.5yr old daughter and a large 4 bedroom house. We own a lot of stuff, mainly kids stuff!¬†We have moved before but its just so daunting and every time I’ve moved I’ve had my mum or a friend help with packing etc, but this time I am on my own and I don’t know where to start? (My husband is very very very bad at packing) I go into a room all gung-ho ready to tackle it and sort through stuff and then look around and realise I have no idea where to start. Any help would be appreciated!

Posted anonymously, 27th February 2014

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  • Start with things you can live without for seven weeks – eg out of season sporting equipment, older reference books, craft stuff. As you progress through the packing and get closer to the move, you’ll be packing the stuff you don’t need for five week, three, and so on.

  • I would start with all the stuff you don’t use. Stuff that’s been shoved up the back of cupboards and bottom of drawers

  • I guess you’ve moved by now? I would start with the things you use least – books, pictures, ornaments etc. Moving is a good time to cull too and starting is always the hardest part of anything

  • Start with clothing that you are not wearing, remove pictures off the wall and pack them and books (things like this you are not currently using) with the kids toys I would suggest packing them in a few boxes so you can change what is our but the majority remain packed

  • Good luck with the move

  • How did you go with your move and what did you pack first, any tips?

  • books first as you often don’t need them all of the time. start by packing half of the kids stuff and let them know so that they can choose toys that they want and explain that the rest is being packed and will only be opened when they are in the new house.

  • when i moved i packed up everything in 2 days just left what was needed as if going camping so just the basics left

  • i always start with the bookcases as these are items that I won’t need for a while

  • You have plenty of time. I would leave the kitchen till last, maybe start packing all the things that you will not use in the next 7 weeks. When it comes time for the kitchen i have always just given all the glasses and plates bowls ect to charity it saves a lot of packing then all you do is go out and buy new sets.

  • Depending on the season I would start packing the clothes, linen and toys. I remember our move and it was a nightmare moving interstate, we had most of our things in storage for 2 months.

  • I would start with things I don’t need or use regularly

  • there are some good comments here

  • 7 weeks you have heaps of time! I would suggest cull anything you nolonger need. 7 weeks is plenty of time to even sell things on ebay. Donate and throw away! I would start by getting yourself some boxes and pick an area that your not going to used before your move. Eg office paper work. If you keep old books ext. 7 weeks is a long time. No need to panic!

  • start with the out of season clothes. perhaps pack up a lot of toys too. get your daughter to choose 1 basket worth to keep out and put the rest away – even if she protests she will soon forget and when you unpack it will be like the toys are new. then work backwards finishing with one box full of stuff to unpack first at the other end – kettle, toaster, couple of glasses, plates, cutlery. good luck!

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