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    Moving Stash

    I am retiring at the end of 2013 and moving from PA to TN. Any suggestions as to how to pack and move my stash. I have quilting, cross stitch, knitting and embroidery machine stash + 5 machines and a quilting frame. I have been trying to organize and pack this past weekend but I am rapidly becoming overwhelmed. I have decided not to de-stash at this time because I have a sister and 3 sisters in law who are crafters and I want to share with them. I think it's going to take a separate truck just to move my stuff. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought all this stuff but I did buy it over a 35 year period. The last couple of years I have told my husband I was buying for retirement.

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    We moved just last week and I must say that the process was very difficult. We packed everything and will get rid of the unwanted items as we unpack. The total in boxes was over 400! Plus furniture. I bought bins from Home Depot for my fabrics and quilting things, labeled them and kept note of what was in the bins in a book. I had about 40 bins of quilting supplies. My DH moved all my machines, Tin Lizzie, lamps and fragile things himself in our van. I didn't want the movers to move my machines. My sewing studio is painted a very soft yellow and is full of boxes- no clue when I will see my fabrics again! I miss sewing but the house needs to be unpacked first. Then I get to set up my new space.

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    I do not envy you this journey at all. 1994 was the last time I moved from Indiana down here to Texas. It was similar to a "Beverly Hillbillies" move. I sold most of my furniture since it was falling apart (I'm sure that is not your case). Borrowed my dad's pickup (1987 Dodge) with an 8 foot bed. Had to decide what craft's to leave behind (none) that was part of my income. When DH and I move, I'm sure 90% will go with us. It's always hard to pack and will become overwhelming. was for me but I had little time and had to dive in.

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    Think of your stash as environment friendly packing peanuts. It won't hurt it to wrap all your breakables and you can iron it if necessary later. A few ideas are fat quarters between your plates, bigger pieces wrapping picture frames, packed around your machines in their cases......

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    Do you like your current organization style? Will you keep it in the new house? I would consider how the stash is going to be stored when at your new home. Are they going on or in some piece of furniture? Are they going to be ruler folded or wrapped on boards? Then fold and wrap them now and put in boxes by color if that's how you organize. That way when you unpack the room is instantly organized. You have to touch them all now, so make that "touch" an effective one.
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    I agree with quilter1 about your machines. I just had to move my mother out of her home, only had to use about 50 boxes. I labeled every box as to which room it came out of and where in the room it was originally found. Example: Dinning room, north wall, left of china hutch, under counter. or maybe you could number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box, or a combination of all the above. I would recommend you label or number every side, so you can see the label no mater which way the boxes are stacked. You really don't want to know why I recommend this!! LOL

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    I will pray for you..Hugs Moved last year !!!!!!!!!!UGH!!!!!!

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    Funny you should ask that question. I just moved from Hobbs, New Mexico to San Antonio, Texas. We downsized & I lost my studio and the related spaces. I used all my stash that wasn't already neatly packed up - link in chest of drawers as packing materials for other things. I save all my batting trimmings, so I stuffed them and Poly-fill stuffing into plastic bags to wedge into irregular spaces. When I got here, I used some of my boxes to keep track of the abundance of small pieces. We found fabric cradling lamp shades - they are a PITA to pack up, but they had to be boxed. I used smaller pieces of fabric to layer between dishes. We also used those jumbo storage bins (or should I say containers) to pack most of the kitchen things like pots & pans & larger things that don't nicely fit in moving boxes.

    When we arrived here, the next day, I started to unpack & sort fabric from other stuff. Very quickly it became evident just how much fabric I had!!! When it's neatly stored on floor to ceiling shelves, it doesn't look like so much. Then I ended up in the hospital with a fractured vertebrae. No unpacking for me for a while. Now everything is unpacked, but some is still not put away. I don't know where I want to put it. The whole house has become my studio!

    Attached are some pics of what things used to look like & what they look like now - more or less. I bought 5 shelving units to put in the entry way & living room to house fabric. More fabric is in DH's office closet & the master bedroom.

    Just a note - nothing was broken in the move!!! Fabric does double duty!
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    I forgot to tell you that I, too, put my machine in the car with the 2 dogs & me. DH's truck had everything we would need the first night in our new house with the movers bringing everything the next day. This is the first move that our furniture arrived right after we did!

    All the stuff in the window seats has just about found a new home somewhere in the house. Now, to get help hanging the quilts in our new gallery!
    Kathy

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    For you ladies that have used fabric to pack other things(dishes, etc) did you find it got dirty at all? Didn't the fabric make the boxes heavier than if you had used newspaper to pack?

    We will be moving next spring after 22 years in this house. There is lots to do before we will be ready. I don't think I have a large stash but recently started really organizing it and found the stash a lot bigger than I thought it was. Lots to move!
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    I like laulswalia's suggestion. But i would also encourage you not to take anything you don't love. You won't miss it, nor will your relatives who haven't seen it.

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    Oh dear ... Moving. I don't envy you. But, I am sure you will be happy when it is all done. I think if you are able to pack like colored fabric together it will make the other end putting away much easier. The kits and things bought to make something special should stay together for sure and maybe placed together in a plastic bag so they don't get separated. I personally would begin at one end of my stash and pack it numbering and labeling each box as I went. If you buy a composition journal and number each box and list it on your page with what is in the box it would be a life saver. They are at walmart two for a buck right now. The other way would be to take a picture of the contents before packing it into the box. Then you know where everything is and in what box. Also, if you put away your stash in the same order you had it in the last house, you will not feel so lost in your new sewing space. Make sense? MAKE sure all of the cords, petals and feet stay together with each machine it goes to even if you have to tape them together or buy an inexpensive generic sewing machine case! How many times have I read on here of a lost cord or petal??

    Just try and be as organized as you can with everything and it will pay off in the end of the journey.

    Oh, buy colored markers and color on the box, assign each color to a room. Say blue kitchen, green bathroom ... on and on. That way it isn't a where does this box go in the new place.

    If you can start now with things you know you won't be using until you arrive at the other house, I would go for it. Why wait and have the whole house to deal with at once?
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    Do you have a vehicle, that can tow a small U-Haul trailer? I would never trust movers, with anything breakable.
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    Good luck with your move.

    We will have to do it, too - and I am dreading the idea!

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    This company wasn't concerned about weight, but rather than volume. I thought it would, but the fabric was coming with us anyway, so why not use it for packing?
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    After organizing, washing and pressing all my stash, I would no way pack with it. Oh no not my stash. I would use my linen closet items for that if necessary. I prefer the bubble wrap really.
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    Put it in totes, label it, and move it in. Then when you get the house in order, it will be like Christmas! I hope your move goes smooth and SAFE! Does your sister and SILs live close to you when you move, if so, I bet they would love to help you get your room up and running in now time!
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    We have moved many times. My recommendations are: 1. If you don't need/want it, then don't move it. Donate to the nearest charity. 2. Label, label, label. I know it takes time now, but it saves time on the other end of the move. You won't be sorry.

    Good luck on your move, make lots of new friends and enjoy your new community.

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    I had to pack up all of my stash a few years ago after the floor in my sewing room collapsed and I went to WalMart and bought a lot of really big plastic totes and proceeded to empty each large shelf into a vey large tote - the lids just snapped on. When my DH went to move them, the lids popped off and were extremely heavy. So, back to WalMart and bought some smaller totes that had lids that had handles that snapped on - much better fasteners. Oh yes, and they were clear, so that I could see in them.

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    I moved a lot for a period of time.. One thing I learned... if you don't reduce prior to the move... it makes it that much harder on the new end. If you move all of your stash... organize it the way you will want it on the other end ... or it will seem like forever before you get your sewing space set up. I am not a fan of using stash for packing.. it can make for a good deal of work refolding and reorganizing . I once moved on two days notice( used professionals) ... it took a year to get things the way I needed. The movers just packed and marked the box what room . My sewing room was the hardest to get organized .

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    I worked for a moving company, and it was the best job I ever had. Beats doing payroll any day. I would not recommend using fabric to pack dishes, etc. The rule to follow is - the heavier the item, the smaller the box. Always stand dishes on end, not flat, glasses on end, not flat. If you have a large bowl or vase, fill it with paper. The paper will absorb a shock. Lay a layer of crumbled up paper, then say the plates, a layer of paper, then the smaller plates, a layer of paper, then the cups, etc. Just number the boxes and keep an inventory if the moving company does not.
    Use one different colored box, we used red, and that will hold all the small items - such as - if you remove the harp from a lamp, wrap it in paper and mark Lamp #1, L/R, and put it in the red box. Wrap the lamp in a blanket or heavy towels, and stand upright in a box. I kept lamps together. Then the shades, use a different box, put the little shades in, separate with paper or a towel, then a bigger shade, then a larger shade. Put paper on the top. Seal the box and mark the box, lamp shades, do not top, meaning that nothing should be put on the top of this box. You will have to mark the boxes on one side, not the top because once the boxes are stacked, you cannot see what is in it.
    I would use small boxes for my fabric, like books are packed in. If you are using the plastic bins, tape them shut with packing tape. If you can, a better way is to fold blank newsprint till it is about 4" wide, laid inside each other and pulled out, and use the tape on top so no tape residue is on the plastic box. That way you can write on the tape. You can buy new or used boxes from moving companies or get free boxes that are advertised on craigslist, or some from the wine store. I do not envy someone doing it themselves. I would go in ahead of the men, strip the house so to speak, pack the dishes from the kitchen and dining room, then the lady's clothes, then whatever I could to finish my day out. Pictures are always packed with wrappings, placing them back to back, and front to front to avoid any puncture from the fixtures. If I can be of help to you, please send me a private message. Good luck. Our company used to unpack in a day, and I had all the dishes in the cupboards, the clothes where they belong, and all the furniture placed. All the client had to do was hang the pictures. I am serious. It can be done.

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    I don't envy you but I do think it is a good idea to take all your fabric and craft stuff. I could handle "new" furniture (Craigslist) before having to replace my fabric. I agree with it being a good idea to use fabric instead of news paper if need be. I would prefer to take it in the bins I have it in now so I could just set up the studio as soon as I arrived.
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    where in PA Linda? I am heading to Pittsburg in end Nov. I can "help" you if you want. lol Patti

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    I used my fabric to wrap my china, collector's glass and pictures when we moved from RI to KY. Actually use less than paper and is better cushioned. And I did not have dozens of boxes labeled Fabric.

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    Lightbulb Moving stash

    Space bags for fabrics/battings and then inside totes as to save rooms, not necessarily cheap but may improve the desire to pack up & not be overwhelmed by the volume of it
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    take plenty of pic of family & friends, keep tabs on loved ones but make time for yourself !

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