The crazy game of getting rid of everything you own
Emptying your house of everything that won't fit in a 5x5 storage unit or the back of a pickup truck is an interesting endeavor. It's an adventure in and of itself and It takes careful planning.
Some thing are easy. Artwork can come down anytime. Unwanted clothes, kitchen items, and miscellaneous stuff can go to Goodwill anytime. Excess canned food and dry goods can go to the food bank. BUT, you have to pack pictures and keepsakes before you sell the tables they sit on. I found this out the hard way as I played a game of consolidating all of our stuff onto fewer and fewer surfaces. If you sell your couch before you leave, you could end up watching TV on the floor. If you sell the furniture in your entryway that holds your coats, hats, and keys, then your coats, hats, and keys end up on your dining room table. Timing Craig's List listings is a true art form!
And if you sell your bedside tables and forget the only light in a bedroom is from lamps, you end up with this.
With one weekend to go, we have almost everything gone and almost all cabinets and closets cleaned out. Next weekend we finish going through clothes, packing the final items in the kitchen, and taking the last load to Goodwill and storage.
Then Arrr Adventure truly begins.