The house broken down into 6 weeks.
1- current clothes, list needs
2- stored clothes, label boxes correctly
4- winter gear
5- diapers & toiletries
6- other baby stuff
7- bathroom (towels, washrags, toiletries)
8- Kitchen dishes- (plates, glasses/cups, soup bowls, flatware)
9- baking dishes/pans-
11- mixing bowls/baking misc.-
12- small/large appliances-
13- storage containers-
14- cookbooks & kitchen towels
15- tablecloths, napkins & candles
16- linen closet-
17- laundry room-
18- machines (sewing/serger/snap press etc...)
20- patterns & thread
22- craft supplies-
23- sewing & craft books
27- tapes & CD's (including computer softwear)
29- Homeschool books
30- Homeschool supplies (including art)
31- preschool learning stuff-
32- outdoor/swimming/camping stuff
34- memory things (photos/scrapbooking)
35- decorations (regular and seasonal)
36- office papers/bills
37- office equip./supplies & shipping supplies
39- pantry foodstuffs
40- pantry canning supplies
41- pantry gardening stuff
For me, the hardest part has been accepting that I paid good money for things and don't need them. I'm coming to a place where I value space and simplicity more than the fact that the things I have are "worth something"."
"Here are the maximums I set before starting, that I felt like we needed. Then when I went through things, I forced myself to comply. LOL It is easier to do it ahead of time when you aren't looking at the items and feeling sentimental.
7 everyday outfits (kid/adult)
10 everyday outfits (babies/toddlers not potty trained)
3 prs. PJ's
4 meeting outfits/socks
3 everyday socks
7 prs. underwear
3 prs. (dress, seasonal play & town)
1 heavy hooded coat
1 light jacket/sweater
1 pr. gloves
diapers- 1-2 dozen per size, depending on how many dipes they go through per day
covers- 7 per size
wipes- 2 dozen
baby blankets- 4
carriers- 1 infant/1 toddler
Bedding-1 set (mattress/sheepskin etc...quilt/blanket)
toiletries- 2 each (diaper cream, soap, shampoo, oil)
dishes- 1 set everyday. There are 10 of use, so I keep 12 cups, plates, bowls and a little more flatware.
small appliances- Vita Mix, Kitchen Aid Mixer, hand mixer, crock pot, yogurt make, tortilla maker, pasta maker. We use these all frequently.
large appliances- 1 fridge, 1 stove, 1 freezer.
pots- 3 large soup pots, 2 small pots.
pans- 2 cake, 2 pizza, 2 cookie, 4 bread loaf pans, 4 muffin, 2 pie. I kept what I actually put into the oven at once. Also 2 cookie cooling racks.
mixing bowls- 4 various sized.
storage containers- 6 various sizes.
kitchen towels- Approx. 24. We don't buy paper towels and go through these at an amazing rate. LOL
PANTRY: (this will really vary by family size/preferences etc...)
Canning supplies, only what I really need.
Extra food, toiletries stock ups
table cloths- 2 high quality
cloth napkins- 2 meals worth
towels- 1 per person
wash rags- 2 per person
toiletries- soaps, shampoos/conditioner combos, deoderant, body spray etc... 2 each.
guest towels- 2 sets w/ new soaps
2 extra guest pillows
1 blanket per bed
sheets- 2 sets per bed
quilts/bedspreads- 1 per bed
Homemade cleaners- 1 each (all-purpose, window-vinegar/water, 2 stain removers, clothes detergent, wall cleaner sponges, scrub powder-soda/salt)
I only kept things I *knew* I'd use within 6 months.
sewing machine- 1
snap press- 1
Top favorites that we can't get at the library or things that just really ad to our lives by being available.
I only keep things that my children regularly play with and really love.
8 favorites. We play a lot of games.
1 swimming suit each
1 life jacket for each non-swimmer
A few water balls etc... to share
1 sleeping bag for each person
Books- 3 per subject if they are *really* good.
Supplies- paper, pencils/pens, art supplies.
Preschool learning stuff- 12 total activities to share (puzzles etc...)
OFFICE: Kept only what I'll use up in 6 months.
papers- Only what is absolutely necessary.
bills- I keep all current bills in one drawer and all past bills that I need to keep in a basket.
office equip.- 1 hole puncher, 1 3 hole puncher, 1 stapler, 1 scissors. 1 computer set up.
office supplies- computer paper, labels, stamps.
shipping supplies- Small assortment of boxes and packing tape.
We keep one per person from age 3+. In it we store emergency blankets, water, easy food, fire starters, extra clothes etc.. The older the kids, the more they can carry, so we add other necessities, more food etc... These are updated each year and kept easy to grab in case of an emergency, I.E., natural disaster or terrorists etc...
I kept the absolute best photo shots, several tools and paper/stickers that I will use up within 6 months.
regular- only kept items that truly add beauty in our lives.
seasonal- 1 dozen extra items that celebrate the season, like a table cloth, wreath etc...
I am a minimalist and like to keep furniture to real necessities or just really special pieces.
Bedrooms- bed, dresser each though younger kids share, desk/chair or book shelf, cradle in master bedroom.
Living room- couch, love seat, 2 chairs, 1 end table. (remember our family has 10 people)
Bathrooms- have no "furniture" except a drying rack in one.
Kitchen- large set of shelves outside of normal counters, appliances.
Dining room- table/bench combo, small table for homeschooling items in use and rocking chair for me to sit during homeschooling, computer desk/chair, high chair.
Sewing room- cutting table, shelves, serger and sewing desks/chair."