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post #1 of 14
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ok i need some help lol As you know we are moving. I am trying to go through all of our clothes (i know we all have too many) but my question is how many shirts should i keep to take with us. i just went through my daughters dresser and found 9 long sleeve t-shirts and 27 regular t-shirts ( this is not counting what is dirty or in her closet or chest of drawers) how much is too many lol. i was thinking if she had enough of each to last everyday for 2 weeks she should have plenty of them what do you think? i really need to down size everything . I guess the funny thing is that i hear people saying they are moving all the time my firends have moved more times than i can count. I have NEVER moved I have lived in this house since i was 6 years old. I have no idea what i should keep what i should get rid of how to pack nothing so any suggestions on moving would help me sooooooooo much.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
ok i need some help lol As you know we are moving. I am trying to go through all of our clothes (i know we all have too many) but my question is how many shirts should i keep to take with us. i just went through my daughters dresser and found 9 long sleeve t-shirts and 27 regular t-shirts ( this is not counting what is dirty or in her closet or chest of drawers) how much is too many lol. i was thinking if she had enough of each to last everyday for 2 weeks she should have plenty of them what do you think? i really need to down size everything . I guess the funny thing is that i hear people saying they are moving all the time my firends have moved more times than i can count. I have NEVER moved I have lived in this house since i was 6 years old. I have no idea what i should keep what i should get rid of how to pack nothing so any suggestions on moving would help me sooooooooo much.
Mom2 Salem,

Personally, my own rule is that if you are not going to wear or use it anytime soon, get rid of it. Trust me, you will not miss it. Just pick out your favorite items and give the rest away. Preferably, the clothing you don't plan on keeping could be donated to charity. Given the events of the past year, I'm sure a lot of people could still use and appreciate clothing and other items.

Another incentive on paring down your possessions would be decreased costs in moving. It's funny how much stuff you realize that you have when it's time to move.
post #3 of 14
When I moved this summer, I got rid of A LOT of clothes that I no longer wear, and I donated all the good clothes that I no longer wanted that were in good wearable shape, to the Salavation Army.

It made moving so much easier with not so many articles of clothing! Plus, I felt really good about donating!
post #4 of 14
I here you on the Tshirts. I have acculmulated so many over the yrs esp when on vacation. I stopped buying them a couple of yrs ago.
I donate frequently to Goodwill. Luckily my sis and a I are similar size so I loan things to her too.
I think the "rule" is if you haven't worn it in 6 -12 months get rid of it.
post #5 of 14
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My cousin is bringing me 3 wardrobe boxes lol I told the kids that they each get one and that what doesn't fit nice and neatly hung up in them doesnt go ... my daughter threw the biggest fit lol. i think what im going to do is let them also take a suitcase so we have clothes to wear on the road and after we get to my moms. i am also doing the what doesnt fit doenst go lol i have so many clotehs i could open my own store im glad that i will still have my computer although you wont hear from me till i get there
post #6 of 14
You need to watch the show "Clean Sweep" on the decorating channel. They help families get rid of tons of stuff!

I have trouble picking out what to get rid of. I do so much better if I say...I'll keep 10 t-shirts, then I pick the 10 I must have. Everything else goes. This works good with my kids and toys, too. Instead of choosing which beloved toy you want to give up, they choose the ones they really need to keep. Then together you can go through what is left.

It also helps to let the kids know that what you are giving away is going to needy families.

I used to be a Navy wife, and we moved quite regularly. That was when I weeded through my stuff. Now I have so much it is ridiculous! But I do feel for you, having to sort and pack...be sure to label boxes clearly with which room to place them in to unpack. And it also helps to mark...unpack me first! I had people help me move into my current home, and I did cook a pot of spagetti...but we couldn't find the forks so we ended up trying to eat it with spoons! LOL! Some things can wait a week to be unpacked, some of it needs to be opened right away.
post #7 of 14
Pack and move your closets first -- bedroom, linen, kitchen utility, etc., after having thoroughly cleaned and sorted them. That way, you can put them away and not have a bunch of closet stuff sitting in your way while you're trying to arrange the other things.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
My cousin is bringing me 3 wardrobe boxes lol I told the kids that they each get one and that what doesn't fit nice and neatly hung up in them doesnt go ... my daughter threw the biggest fit lol. i think what im going to do is let them also take a suitcase so we have clothes to wear on the road and after we get to my moms. i am also doing the what doesnt fit doenst go lol i have so many clotehs i could open my own store im glad that i will still have my computer although you wont hear from me till i get there

How far are you moving?
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by babyharley
How far are you moving?
lol from central texas to New London MN
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
lol from central texas to New London MN
Oh my!! MN eh?! You'll only be about 4 hours from me!
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Oh my!! MN eh?! You'll only be about 4 hours from me!
lol im going to stay with family there for a while (prob till spring ) then i will be prob getting an apartment in Willmar is that closer or farther from you lol
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
lol im going to stay with family there for a while (prob till spring ) then i will be prob getting an apartment in Willmar is that closer or farther from you lol
Little closer! Probably not by much tho

Still about 3-4 hours drive away.

Enjoy the MN weather!
post #13 of 14
I like moving house is finding a house to move into that's the hard part!
post #14 of 14
If you haven't worn it in 6 months (weather changes don't count), then toss it! Well, don't toss it. Give it to some sort of charity...but, nevertheless, you don't need it and won't miss it!
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