This is when I force myself to tackle those corners that have collected various items and I deal with them. If I have baby things for someone, then they get shipped the very day I tackle that particular corner. I also go through cabinets, matching storage lids with containers. Anything that is mis-matched gets placed in the Freecycle pile. Any kitchen appliance that I have not used in a year gets re-homed.
9. Filter Storage
I have bins of clothes for younger children. I will take this time to go through those storage bins and make sure that what I am hanging onto is useful. We are currently moving to a colder climate, do I really need all the little wind jackets I have accumulated? Do I really need 3 pairs of sandals in the same size?
8. Organize the Piles
Now, I just stated that this is the perfect time to de-clutter, but I need corners to collect things heading to various places. I have a space for the baby stuff that I am getting rid of, I have a corner for the little girl things that are going to nieces. I also have a bin that will go to church or Freecycle. (it's always nice to have the dog guard this pile ;-) )
7. What stays and what goes?
When military movers come, there needs to be a clear symbol for things that don't get packed up. In the past we have had shelves from the fridge, freezer, and even a microwave accessory that should have stayed with the previous rental house.
In our current rental house, there are some spare 'parts' that have been left but that have been of great use to us. I have decided with this move that are stationery will have an X on them. This is a nice visible marker that will mean "do not pack this item."
Of course, the first thing we look into is the rental market. What can we afford and how far is this from base. Realtor.com usually has a good list for us to paroose. Another great renal website is MilitaryByOwner. We rented, purchased, and sold from this site in the past.
The rental market is not very big where we are going this time, so we have extended our search to home purchases that would either resell well or rent quickly. But of course, we run into the occasional dream home, like this one ;-)