You know what I love about blogging? That it gives me a voice to say what I want about the ins and outs of life, but more so, the ins and out of relocation. Can I just say now that preparing for a move is A LOT of work?!?! I’m not saying I thought it ever would be easy, but packing only a van and car… you would think the moving process wouldn’t be too tough. Well, it is. In fact, at times, it is kicking my butt. Why you ask? Because I walk into the basement, and at times, I just want to cry. It isn’t the move, it isn’t the endless emotional rollercoaster we are all on, but the endless boxes of stuff. So today’s blog is to how to handle all of the boxes.
The first thing we had done, is to throw anything and everything into either a box to sell or a garbage bag to toss. It’s so annoying that our city recently went to automated garbage cans, and not whatever you want to put on your curb. So before, you could have 10 cans on your curb or just bags left out, but now we have one can for trash and one can for recyclables. The catch is that it MUST all fit into the one can each week- does my town NOT understand that I have a lot of trash?? Ugh. I refuse to pay to dispose of my garbage, but we may have too if I don’t think of another plan.
I got most of my boxes over a 6 month period from work, and I can say with most certainty that each one is filled and many are overflowing. Because we just tossed in items here and there, the boxes were not organized. So this past Saturday, Carl and I pulled apart the mountain of boxes and furniture in the basement, and lined the boxes in long rows so we could see what was in each box. It was a bit overwhelming to see the rows and rows of boxes, but it was great to be able to see what I have to deal with. Unfortunately, half of our garage is filled with stuff as well, but it will be dealt with when Mother Nature allows the weather to be a bit nicer and warmer.
I spent my Sunday going through each box, while listening to Seinfeld episodes on the internet. Let me tell you, it is KEY to have good music, a show, SOMETHING that is fun to listen to when you have such a project to deal with- it will make time fly. While laughing to my show, I organized my little heart out. Boxes for books, cds, DVDs, videos, stuffed animals, dolls, school supplies, hair items, jewelry, scrapbook items, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, frames, Disney collectibles, toys, hats, purses, and so on. Once the boxes are organized , I’m just getting started.
Boxes with hair items such as headbands, hair bands, barettes, etc… are bagged up in sandwich and gallon size Ziploc bags. Not only is it nice to see them easier, but it just looks nicer when being sold. I bag several things like this- scrapbook items, Happy Meal toys, doll clothes, groups of toys that go together, stickers, and lots of other “floating” items I like to call them. When I go to yard sales myself, it is difficult to look through boxes filled with these type items, and honestly, I won’t usually spend the time to do so. If you are a “professional” yard saler, you like to go in, look, and get out to the next one. Always keep that in mind when you have your own sale, to keep things out in the open, so that they can see your items right away.
It was also eye- opening to see the amount of stuff we owned, collected, etc, over the years. Why do we need so much stuff? Carl asked me, “What do you use every day?” I thought about it, and I could fit it all in one small suit case. The “stuff” doesn’t mean anything to me, besides ornaments for the tree, and the memory boxes, it’s all is just things. I am more than happy to arrive, safely and happily, in Florida with Carl, Belle, and Ellie by my side- stuff or no stuff.
The next steps will be when we can finally move the boxes out of the basement and into the garage, putting up tables and getting everything out and tagged. It’s finally next month, and I am so ready to move the stuff out and get er’ done!
We are happy to be in April and have 61 days left today! Soon we will be in the 50’s, and almost to the halfway point of when we made our 100 day chain in the kitchen-scary since I remember making that not too long ago. Happy Sunday everyone!!