The first night we spent in the new house was December 19th. My children rented a big truck and they packed it with everything they could get into it that we would need right away (beds, coffee pot, etc.) Since then, we have all gone back to the townhouse and packed, loaded, transported, unloaded, and unpacked as many boxes as the local liquor store could supply us with. We are not done yet, believe it or not. Since then, another 23' truck has been loaded, delivered and unpacked, as well as numerous car and van loads.
Didn't I just go through this 2 1/2 years ago??? We got rid of soooooooo much stuff then, and it boggles my mind to have to try to decide what to get rid of this time around.
As Jim says, we are trying to put 15 pounds of crap into a 5 pound hole. It isn't "that" bad - but close. Our former home was 3700 sq. feet. The townhouse was 2,500 sq. ft. and the new house is something over 1800.
My problem is being able to decide where to keep things and it appears that the only way I can make those decisions is to have everything we still own here to look at. The movers have not been contacted yet, as we want to move all the small stuff ourselves and let them handle only the larger pieces of furniture. Trying to live with half of what you think you need is mind-boggling, but then I try to imagine what it would be like to be homeless, and I remember to be grateful that we have a roof over our heads - and a pretty nice roof at that.