Downsizing - sorting and packing
I've sold my house and we close in a month. I've lived here for 17 years with my husband & two kids, and now they're all gone and I'm downsizing. I haven't found another place to buy or rent, so I'm moving in with a friend temporarily. I'd be a lot more excited if I had a new place to think about decorating, but I'm grateful that I have someone who will take me & my old cat in.
So now I'm sorting and packing to put most of my things in PODs for a few months. Any tips and ideas of what to put in deep storage and what to keep on hand? I can store some things at my son's house for easy access, and my friend has a dry basement too. Of course I'll take all my clothes, my bike, and my files, but what else would you recommend? Anything about POD storage that I should know?
And let me say that I am appalled at myself when I see all the bags of trash I'm throwing out (OMG, just my linen closet is ridiculous). I'm also giving a lot to charity and to people that can use things, but when I think of how I wanted it and shopped for it and paid for so much stuff, it makes me sad to see this waste. I have a big walk-up attic and a garage and a basement, and all these years they have become filled up. I'd get a new lamp, and put the old one in the attic, you know, maybe the kids would want it. Guess what - the kids don't want my old lamp! We kept so much - building materials from renovations, 1/2 empty cans of paint, furniture projects that never got done (anyone want some cute chairs?), what was I thinking all these years?
I'm very happy to be lightening my load, but organizing all this is so overwhelming.