More specifically – the packing for the move. Basically the time in one’s life where you discover how much junk you have as you place it all in boxes to marvel – once again – at the same junk as you unpack it in the destination. If you’re doing it right you pare it down as you pack, so as to not move junk from point A to point B. But most of us know ourselves better than that.

Fortunately, when I moved from SC to WA I literally pared down a 3BR 2.5 bathroom house into what fit into a ABF U-pack pod (which I highly recommend, by the way). So much went to Goodwill, some was sold, and the rest went to the dump. Probably the best thing I ever did – since I knew I had a finite amount of space I had to cut the emotional attachment and make some decisions.

Decision making tips when deciding what to keep, and what not to:

  1. Do I need it?
  2. Do I want to keep it?
  3. If I do want to keep it, is it unique/one-of-a-kind/hard to replace?
  4. If I do want to keep it, and it’s easy to replace, should I really keep it?
  5. Is it more economical to keep it or just buy new when I get there?

For #5, most of mine was just easier/cheaper to buy it when I got to WA as opposed to trying to cram it in the pod. I had a 11-year old living room set that was basically free. I sold it for $100 and bought a new set in Seattle. Bonus: I got something that wasn’t massive and also was 11 years newer.

Lots of things you can do to decide what to keep and what to toss – or buy new later. If anyone has any tips, feel free to comment below.