This oak coffee table I bought at a garage sale for $35 is very dear to me. I would surely hope to keep it.
The bedroom. I would probably take my white bed and white dresser. It took me over two years to find a dresser. And though it’s just a rather cheap one from Wayfair, it gets the job done.
The black bookcase with my bedroom TV on it would probably go. And the red sideboard I would probably take, since I’d likely be leaving the black one that is bigger.
Now to the last room, the office/craft room. I probably would not take the large black desk. Not sure on that one. I just need a surface for my desk top computer and printer.
But I might use the longest sewing machine table, which is in that room now.
Actually I would probably not take most of what is in there. I have to do some serious purging of things I just keep moving around. I have three sewing machines, and I haven’t been able to sew with them due to my ankle.
Two are featherweights, a black one and a white one. The other is kind of dear to me because it belonged to a friend that is now gone.
Speaking of sewing, I need to scale my fabric way down again. As well as my craft products.
You have to think of such things as towels. How many towels do you need? If it’s just one person and two dogs, I probably need about six towels. I have quite a few dish towels. I would scale those down too.
How many sets of sheets do you need? Depends on how many people is in your family. I figure I need about three sets and that’s it. I do have some pillow cases I’m fond of I have found on eBay over the years, so I would have to deep think that one.
My collections and decorative pretties. I am very partial to my white pitchers, so most of those would go. Things get broken, so you really need to think hard about moving breakable items.
I love my little collection of wash boards, so those would probably go. I would probably sell most of my Jim Shore collection, and just keep a couple of special pieces.
I would have to get out all my many lamps and pillows and make myself give at least half away. I think… Don’t quote me on that one!
On my washer and dryer it would depend on what I had where I was going. What would I do with the things I’m not taking? Probably have an indoor sale.
I’m not dragging all this stuff out of here. Then they could do the moving.
It all depends on the room you’re going to be having on what you absolutely must part with. But I didn’t have a bad ankle when I moved here, so I would have to be even more practical.
In terms of the outdoor chairs, etc., again all depends on what kind of space I would have. You have to take your holiday decorations into consideration too. I would probably pare a lot of that down. By about half.
When you look at all your little pretties, ask yourself how tired you are of dusting them. I have tea cups and saucers that are indeed pretty, but I don’t need them. Same with egg cups.
Ask yourself if you’re over collecting some things. And that makes the decision easier. Our tastes change over time. My quilts I’ve made: always going with me.
Really think about what you need and what you’ll have room for. Big pieces are the hardest to move. So give that a lot of thought.
I remember it took me weeks to pack boxes of things, and I had a neighbor helping me much of the time. Thanks Liane!
But I don’t want to even think about that many boxes next time around. It was exhausting. It all comes down to who is going to move you and how much it is going to cost. If that isn’t a problem for you, then take all you want.
We become attached to things. But remember, they are just things. They aren’t my precious pupsters.
And last but not least, bloggers and readers helped me plant a garden here. If it is in manageable weather, I would be plucking out much of those plants that are dear to me.
And they’re dear to me because of who gave them to me. A really selfless generous thing on the part of so many people who knew how much a garden meant to me.
These plants came to my door step via Fed Ex, etc. in big boxes wrapped in wet newspaper and with not much dirt on them. They are perennials. So I would do the same. I would shake off much of the dirt and wrap them.
I think every single outdoor plant that was sent to me made it through the winters of 2011, 2012, and 2013. And now 2014. So they’re hardy.
Do you have any other suggestions to add to this long list of things to do?