I've been in this apartment 22 years, and am a bit of a pack rat. Over the years I have periodically done sessions of what I call de-hoarding, but still...I've just had a taste of what I am going to be faced with. I'm not sure how I got started on it but I've just cleaned out one level of a cupboard. Most of it was easy, but way at the back I've found some things, a few china plates and a couple of plastic storage containers and two Pyrex bowls (no lids). Obviously I have had no need of these things for years. AND years. But now I'm faced with them how on earth do I decide whether to keep them or not. The china plates are part of my "china plate collection" period and seeing them again reminded me why I had them, I love them still. The bowls can be used as cereal or soup bowls even. The plastic containers, they are a weird size and shape, useless really,...I can't imagine I would use them for anything, but...my pack rat mind says, but what if I throw them away and suddenly find a use for them, especially now as I am trying to sort and organize? UGH! Good thing I am going to have a long time to do this, as after I close (still no date) the house has some work that needs to be done before I move in. I haven't started doing much packing yet, because I don't have anywhere to put PACKED THINGS. Once the house is mine, I can pack things and move them there. But I've made a start, anyway. Feel free to share your own packing to move stories. Or TIPS and ADVICE! The last time I "moved" I was driven out by a maniacal (now ex) husband and did not pack anything, just grabbed the cats and fled. I was homeless for four months, sleeping in a couch bed in a friend's basement and spending the rest of my time when I wasn't working sitting in my car in one parking lot or another, to stay out of their house. I moved into here with old donated furniture, a few donated clothes and two cats. But that was a long time ago.