I have moved internationally twice before. And both times I worked full-time right up until the actual move, making it necessary for help and stress and whathaveyou. This time around I realised that wasn't going to be a good idea. Finally. So, I decided that I would quit a week before the actual collection of the stuff, which would give me enough time to pack and sort and all that.
My stuff will be picked up on January 28th (is the plan, nothing definite just yet) and my last working day will be this coming Friday, the 18th. In fact, as it is so quiet at work, it will be my only working day this week! Some of the things that need to get sorted, can get sorted this week.
Now, all of my summer clothes and half of my winter clothes are already residing at my sister's, ready to be packed in the car. Another suitcase full of yarn is also over there already. But neither my sister nor myself is happy with that suitcase. So, this week I will be getting some vacuum bags to put all the yarn in, giving more room in that suitcase for some more clothes. That way we can reduce the amount of bags I want to take in the car.
I will need to make a list about what needs to come in the car anyway. There is me and my sister and Miss O and Brom (and Mouse) of course. And we all have our own stuff that needs to come. Miss O will be traveling in her large traveling crate. She will not be happy, but the smaller ones I own are definitely not up for it. She will need food and water and a litterbox (washing up bowl will have to do as it is half the size). I will have to find her passport as well, which is somewhere.
I will be taking two large suitcases and dependent on the success rate with the vacuum bags, one other bag with clothes. A smaller bag with overnight stuff for on the overnight ferry (Hull to Rotterdam). A computer and of course my knitting. And a handbag. A cushion, a pillow and a blanket. My sister will take one or two folding crates and a small bag. She will be returning after a week with food and such, hence the crates.
We think it will all fit. We tried with the suitcases and the computer and the cat crate and there was then still plenty of room for other stuff. Of course with the emphasis on then!