We are moving to a new farm in around 6 weeks time, June 1st. So I've started packing up the house, which I am actually enjoying. So far I have 3 bags of stuff to go to the SPCA shop for them to sell, or use for the animal cages in the case of old sheets etc, plus I have discovered stuff that I couldn't locate when I needed, like an electric blanket for the single bed. Of course I found the two I knew I had somewhere the day after I bought a new one. Oh well ...
I have also sorted through our multitude of towels. Why I waited until now I'm not too sure, as stuffing, shoving, pushing, and forcing clean washed towels into our overstuffed only cupboard was just stupid. I have now cut the house towels down to around 20, and bagged up all the other old ones to be used as dairy shed towels. Any ripped or torn ones have become mini-sprint towels (dirt track racing = filthy car cleaning). I have room in our towel cupboard. Oh yeah!
The trouble with packing is that now an area of our house now makes it look like I'm a hoarder, and truth be told I am a bit of a hoarder (see towel comment above), just not the 'no space left to walk in the house, old newspapers, animal faeces' hoarder.
Taadaa! Messy much??!!
I use rubbish bags for sheets, towels, blankets etc. Much easier to 'squash-in' a bag of soft stuff when moving, than extra boxes. This would be my much travelled, many moves opinion. Plus they are awesomely handy when unpacking at the other end, and you need a rubbish bag. See, I know what I'm doing.
Aside from the linen cupboard I have also emptied my closet, and the spare room closets (mostly, one still has Christmas decorations in it, just need a huge box to put them all in). TJL's closet is still to go, but I won't start on that one until he has had a wee bit of a holiday, he will need to help or I will throw out something he likes, whether he has worn it in the last five years or not.
Unfortunately I am having to store all of this packed up stuff in my office area of our secondary lounge, which is a bit of an eyesore should anyone visit. This is because I can't store them in one of the spare bedrooms until the girls (nieces) have been and gone. Once that has happened I will definitely move all this stuff into the large spare room, which will be awesomely handy for moving, ie has doors that leads to the porch, to right onto the driveway. Perfect! Until then, we shall survive with the embarrassing mess.
One of the great points about shifting is that you do end up going through everything you own. This means you can make note of what you do need to replace, and/or get rid of a multitude of junk that you just don't use. It's pretty cathartic. And quite eye opening. I guess if you are a regular spring cleaner you actually do this annually. And while I'm inspired right now to do it annually, truth be told, I probably won't.