What are the best ways to "downsize" for a long-distance move?
We are planning a big move for our family of 4, about 650 miles South, which I am thrilled about. I am no stranger to moving as we moved a lot when I was a kid, I moved apartment several times when I was single, and my husband and I have move once as a couple and once when our first born was 2, but both were local. We didn't really worry about sorting or getting rid of stuff because the houses just kept getting bigger and the moves were relatively cheap.
Now with 2 kids, 2 dogs and all of our years of accumulated stuff and moving costs looming in the $10,000-$15,000 range, somethings gotta give. At the same time, I don't want to have to completely refurnish a new home, especially since we are looking at homes with 4-5 bedrooms and minimum 2,500sq.ft.
Any advise on what to keep, what to replace when we get there? We may be in a smaller home temporarily, so advice on separating short and longer term storage items welcome. Generally, for those of you who have done a long-distance move, or just down-sized, on reflection were there things you kept that you didn't need or items you got rid of that you wish you would have held onto. Tips for cutting the cord on clutter is also welcome!