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I keep packing, but nothing seems to disappear!  Somebody come help me!  I have no organizational skills.  I do everything three times.  I move this from here to there and back again.  I can’t tell you how many times I resisted the urge to pitch it all out in the yard and whistle for the neighbors.  To hell with selling it.  TAKE IT AWAY!

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. the salvation army is a great thing..

    that said, don’t pick things to give them while stressed :-p take a break then come back to it… a good rule is if you’ve had it stored or packed away for over a year without seeing it, you can more than likely part with it.

  2. So what’s wrong with that solution? Don’t even toss it in the yard … just put up a sign…. “FREE STUFF! YOU HAUL!”

  3. More free advice…if your sleeping area isn’t already piled chose that spot for the keeper things. Walk around and make a list of what you either love or use daily/weekly. Pretty much everything else can be taken by charitable pick-up, organization of your choice. Don’t envy you this task, we sometimes cling to things out of sentiment rather than need. Keep at it I’m sure you are further ahead than you realize! Oh and remember to ask yourself, “Do I need to put this on a plane?” that ? may help you sort the stuff…. 🙂

  4. Reading today’s blog I hate to tell you that you won today’s Friday Win or lose contest. I will send the prize to your summer address as soon as you pick it.

  5. Decide on a reasonable number of boxes. After that, set aside one room that has nothing but stuff you need to take. Cram things into the boxes and make sure there isn’t a crack of space left over. For example, if you are packing dishes, wrap them in your clothing or towels instead of newspaper. If you have more things than you have boxes, start deciding how necessary everything truly is.

    After that, locate one more really big box for all the stuff that you shouldn’t take, but you can’t bear to leave behind (warning, only inanimate objects). What’s the point if you can’t have a few things that don’t make any sense to anyone but you. 🙂

  6. no advice from me, i’m afraid, just a few words of support.
    you’ll do just fine.

  7. I wish I could come and help but I am the type that puts everything in a trash bag and haul it to the curb on trash day.

    Nice laptop…..oooooohhhhhh

  8. Oh, you’ve gotten some good advice here! Wish I was there to help you – I am all about organized! LOL

    I do have one tip:
    get a large canvas bag – put your purse in it – and then EVERYTHING that you will need until you get to your destination. Like your toothbrush, makeup, comb, medicines, medical papers, address book, stamps, pen, paper, camera, cell phone, (chargers for both). And then carry that with you from now on – just like you would a purse. I’ve done this several times and it’s been a big help.

  9. Tina –indeed.

    Melli — done!

    Pauline — that was the first thing I did. Everything in the bedrom I wasn’t keeping went (except the bed) and everything I was keeping came in. Very little in there — of course, I’ve already mailed some of it off!

    Dr. John — it’s funny, but the first time I was by your site this morning I thought: “Just because I don’t want stuff, I’ll be sure to win. That “stuff” is useful, though. Send it to my summer address.

    Brig — I did just that. I went and bout new boxes and said to myself, “This is your limit. Make it fit.” (Determined by how much I can load in my car.)

    Polona — that’s what OC keeps saying.

    Lori — I have no problems with that. When does your plane land?

    Jackie — that was also one of the first things I did.

    Nessa — believe me, I am. I’m just setting it out in the yard. Some disappears. Some people actually knock on the door and hand me money before they take it. Some is still out there.

    Bazza — it isn’t Dr. John’s fault. It’s Murphy’s Law.

  10. I can’t give you any help because when it comes to packing for a move, I am hopelessly inadequate. Give me a car boot to pack for a trip or a suitcase to pack and I’m fine. In fact, I’m more than fine, I’m the Space Master 2000! Give me a whole household of stuff to sort through, and I’m a mess.

  11. I have fantastic organization skills…once a year around Christmas. the rest of teh year I pretty much just follow my nose. I am afraid I would not be of any help!

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