notes on packing and moving

I'm ashamed to say that I've packed very little for my upcoming move thus far. 
In all honesty, there's a bit of a catch-22 here.
I need to pack my stuff that I'm taking so I don't stress in the 11th hour.
However, I can't pack all the stuff I'm taking because the only stuff I'm taking is the stuff I really need.

I've sold most of my furniture, 
which was a decision that Ryan and I came to after I snagged the free couch.
I managed to sell that free couch for $130 because I'm obviously a genius,
and my dresser was picked up on Saturday.
Now, it looks like the bookshelves and the desk will be picked up on Thursday.

Then, I pretty much need to wrangle all my books, my clothes and all my kitchen supplies.
Oh yeah, and the cat tree because that's going to be one of our few pieces of furniture next week.

Ryan and I are only going to be in our house in Sierra Vista for 11 months before we PCS,
so while I'm crazy excited to buy and refinish furniture for our new place,
I hesitate to really put our stamp on the place because, well, we're going to have to leave again.
We've started looking at decorating our next place though,
and I'm so glad to have a husband that generally trusts my design sense. 

Perhaps the thing I'm most excited for in the new house, however, is having my own office at home.
I can't wait to make it a really comfortable little sanctuary,
especially because it's where I'll be spending most of my days.

Despite all this excitement though, 
I really thought I'd be more nervous to pick up and move on again.
I took tons of boxes to Goodwill and Salvation Army this weekend -
stuff I've accumulated through the past three moves that I thought I couldn't part with...
decorations, trinkets, clothes, a ton of books that I no longer read.

And yet, I felt almost liberated getting rid of everything.
It's like a clean slate that Ryan and I get to start with anew, and it's so crazy refreshing.
Have you ever donated or gotten rid of most of your stuff, only to feel crazy happy about it?
I might be insane, but it's probably the best thing I've ever done for myself.

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  1. I just moved yesterday and did a horrible packing job. I didn't organize ANYTHING so the house looks like a war zone && I'm kicking myself in the ass for not being more organized. Lol. A couple years ago a friend of mine desperately needed clothes and shoes for herself and her daughter. I ended up giving away a TON of my stuff and a good amount of my daughter's stuff. It felt good because I knew I was helping her tremendously && at the same time it freed up space in my closet to start fresh && get some new stuff. Win-win for me. ;)

    xo, Sarah
    Hustla, baby.

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    1. Exactly! I felt so good getting rid of so much. Not only did I not need it, but it was less stuff weighing me down, too :)

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  2. I'm in the same boat as you. We only live in one place from 8-12 months. So putting a stamp on where we live (now an apartment) is really hard. We don't have any furniture to our names except a mattress we left at my in-laws. It's definitely a juggling act.

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    1. SO true, Brooks. Ryan bought us a Sleep Number bed, which is amazing, but that's pretty much the only furniture to our names now. We're going to have to start fresh, and it's rough not being able to really make a place your own!

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  3. Getting rid of stuff is definitely a nice feeling. That's the only thing I like about moving: purging everything! I'm glad it made you feel liberated!

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    1. Ooof me, too! It's so great to feel refreshed and free of all the excess :)

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  4. When we moved last December I literally took almost NOTHING we had prior. Out with the old, in with the new I always say. I can't tell you how many boxes we donated..I HATE clutter, so I'm always dropping boxes off at the Goodwill. If I don't love it, it doesnt stay. Thankfully I don't have a problem getting rid of stuff!

    You'll feel so much more refreshed when you start new:)

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    1. Oh my gosh...so true! I convinced myself for far too long that I was emotionally attached to certain objects. Needless to say, I'm really not, and it was freeing to get rid of all the excess!

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  5. I love declutteting!!

    Ps. We will both be decorating offices soon and that makes me immensely happy!

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    1. I can't WAIT to see what you're doing with your office, Ashley! You better believe I'll be texting you pics ad nauseum ;)

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  6. i am not even moving, but i feel like i need to go rid my closets this weekend!

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    1. It wasn't even my freaking closets that were that bad! It was just all the excess little things! I didn't need or care about 99% of them!

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  7. I know what you mean about not wanting to personalize TOO much, but wanting to enough. We've only been in SanAng since September, and we'll be leaving around June. It's a hard balance, so we tried to focus on loving our furniture that we bought since that will be going with us.

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  8. I have a garage sale once a year and get rid of stuff, the stuff that doesnt sell goes to the homeless shelter!! Feels good in more ways than one!

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  9. At least you are selling a ton of stuff! When I bought my house I tossed or donated a ton a stuff and sold a few bigger furniture pieces. It felt good to pare down and only keep the essentials though I still had a ton of stuff.

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  10. So jealous that you're going to have your own office! That is my DREAM!

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  11. Packing is the worst!! You are a genius for selling the couch :)

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  12. I hate that cloud-over-your-head feeling knowing you need to pack, but can't because you still need to use all the things you need to pack! I feel for ya! (PS: just noticed all these wedding recaps in the archive, and don't be surprised if you see a little stalking! haha)

    {Chelsea}
    chelseagrowingup.blogspot.com

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  13. It must feel so good to be getting rid of stuff. I love that feeling! So happy for your own office space too :-)

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  14. When Jerry and I moved into our house, I was able to get rid of a lot which did feel great! I have to admit though, I've still held on to a lot of junk I probably don't need!

    So awesome that you made money on the free couch - score!

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  15. In both of our houses, I didn't really feel the need to decorate our home because it was all going to come back down soon anyway. After a while though, you really start to feel like you're living in someone else's house. So I've been working much harder in this house to make it ours even though this house is temporary also. Even making a small stamp on your house to make it yours makes a big difference.

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  16. I love decluttering. Moving is much easier when you don't have to pack, unpack and find a place for things you probably didn't need in the first place.
    Hi Melissa, I stumbled upon your blog somehow and thought I'd take a minute to say congratulations on your wedding. The pictures are beautiful! We were stationed at Ft. Huachuca several years ago; good luck on your move!

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  17. Hiya, I've found you through the grab a friend blog hop and love your site! Am following xo

    creamteaandrosejam.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Excitement is really the perfect word when it comes to moving in to a new house. Even though packing a lot of boxes can be a little bit stressful, it’s still exciting. And regarding selling some of your things/furniture, it’s a good idea in my opinion. You're able to get rid of the things you didn't need and get a good amount of money for it. That’s a score! How’s your move by the way?

    Clay @ WorldPackagingCo.com

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  19. Yay for downsizing!!! I REALLY need to do that!

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  20. Hi Melissa! It’s good to hear that you didn’t have a hard time packing your furniture. That made selling them easier for you, and that means less things to bring on the move! Anyway, I’m glad that you didn’t include your books in your garage sale! They are priceless!

    Thelma Bowman @ Quality Strapping Inc.

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  21. New house, new furniture and new sanctuary. I love the idea of having your own office at home. It just feels so comfortable. Anyway, I like how you strategize doing things, Melissa. Thanks for sharing that! I wish you and your family all the best!

    June Griffith @ Arnold Self

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  23. You're right that having a purge on belongings can be really liberating. I empathize with you when it comes to living in temporary accommodation. My wife and I rent and move about every 12 months so it's difficult for us to put down roots. That looks like something you're about to achieve and I look forward to reading more from you soon.

    Willard Evans @ Wow! Homes

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