The big move is getting close. That means the packing has begun. And that means the stress for someone that does NOT handle change is increasing at warp speed.
I put a few empty boxes in my girls room and suggested she work on it a little at a time. I reminded her that we can toss old stuff and just take with us things we use often. It seems that throwing things away is as equal of a challenge as change.
After several days of still seeing empty boxes, I offered to help. She quickly got busy packing her things because if I helped then lots of stuff would be getting tossed. I explained the joy of opening boxes with excitement for where the belongings can go in a new room and that has seemed to sink in.
She decided she was going to start with her clothes in her closet. Thirty minutes later, she comes out with a overstuffed box with all her clothes jammed into it. The conversation went as this:
ME: wow, you packed a lot of clothes!
HER: yep, they are all in there.
ME: uhm, did you leave any clothes out to wear?
ME: so what do you plan to wear for the next 14 days?
HER: (pointing to herself)….these
ME: 14 days? that might be gross.
HER: you told me to pack my stuff
At that point, I opted to just let the box be and when she was busy with the dogs, I unpacked a weeks worth of clothes and tossed the old stuff.