I've done a lot of packing in my life. When I was young, my sister and I would pull out our duffel bags before the end of the school year. The day after the last day of school we would be on a plane to Boise to our dad's. I had a pretty good strategy for packing. When I left for college, we had two carloads full of my stuff. What I thought I was going to do with all that stuff is beyond me! I wanted my dorm to be like home. Having a roommate ruined that delusion.
At the end of my sophomore year of college, I packed up all my things and moved to D.C. My appendix ruptured that summer, so my mom had to pack my things up. I am pretty organized about my packing (except for the last two boxes, which are always junk boxes), so unpacking that year was a little tough.
After college, I packed my things and had them shipped to Boise. I thought I was going to move to San Francisco. Instead I moved to New York. We shipped everything back east to NYC. The shipping place unpacked EVERYTHING I had worked so hard to pack to ensure it wouldn't break!
A year later, my stuff was again in boxes and back in Boise. Since then I've moved three times.
I always used moving as an opportunity to de-clutter. I save everything, so it is a great time to take stock of my possessions and decide what I really want to keep. I wasn't the best at getting rid of things, but at least it was a start. We had been in the house for 2.5 years, and I still hadn't unpacked all of the boxes in the garage. I joked that I could probably just throw the boxes away because I obviously didn't need whatever was in them. By that point I didn't even really know what was in them. Oh how the universe has a sense of humor! A fire has a way of de-cluttering your life and possessions for you.
I am preparing to pack again. I am usually excited about moves, but none top the excitement of this move. I've always been "home" before, just moving to a new home. We haven't been home in 4 months. Even though we don't know where everything will go, I am trying to be systematic about how I pack. Kellen's stuff will likely be half of our possessions. People were so generous with baby things. We are looking forward to having room for all of his things. Before, I would have boxes of which I was uncertain what was inside. The items were sentimental and not quite as functional so sat a lot longer. Now we have boxes of things of which we are uncertain... but only because we still don't know what all we own. I am (for once) looking forward to unpacking to uncover those items.