I had time off from work the week between Christmas and New Year. That was the week we sold our house and found a new apartment. The timing was perfect as being off from work gave us time to take care of these things.
Big change is draining for me. I always feel exhausted after big purchases. I’ve always thought the exhaustion was financially related since it was usually tied to high dollar items like new cars, furniture, or pretty much anything over $1000. The financial component might be part of it, but I think there may be a “change” component as well. I’m very open to and accepting of change, but big changes seem to take a lot out of me.
Because of this, I spent the better part of the week feeling very unmotivated. Fortunately Dream provided the much needed enthusiasm to bring us into balance. We went to Lowes and bought a bunch of moving boxes, and she started packing everything in the house. She jumped into the packing, cleaning, and purging with gusto. We’ve had a running joke in the house over the past couple of days; whenever our daughter or I can’t find something we say “mommy must have packed it.” Dream has really been fantastic, and because of her effort, our house is nearly all boxed up.
As we have been boxing, we’ve also been purging. This is the final purge of things that go passed over in last year’s big purge, and also includes many “house” related items; things we just won’t need when living in an apartment. It is actually rather amazing how much stuff a house requires. We have things like shovels, rakes, lawn equipment, fertilizer, a ladder, pool chemicals, a big broom, and on and on. We’re planning a big moving sale this Friday to sell all this stuff.
We have also been selling stuff on craigslist. That is one thing I was able to work on even with my exhaustion. We sold our big jogging stroller, a TV stand, our patio set, and an air compressor. We still have a bunch of furniture listed and hope to sell it soon. We’ll start marking down prices this week if it doesn’t sell. We’re hoping to move with minimal furniture, mostly just the bedroom items. Dream wants to replace our living room set and dinette set with something different. She’s feeling the need to have something different in the apartment, and I think it might help her with the transition.
On Sunday I finally got my energy back and attacked the garage and attic. As I was slowly emptying the attic I had to keep fighting the urge to procrastinate. I kept thinking, “I can do this later,” and had to keep telling myself “no, I have to get this done now.” Most of the attic and garage stuff got moved to the sell pile. I’m keeping my smaller set of tools, our “light” camping stuff, and our bikes. The tools and camping stuff are much more compact and light versions that were paired down after last year’s big purge.
We decided to use the back half of the garage to stack our full moving boxes, and the front half to store our moving sale items. The moving sale will be this Friday and Saturday. Then a week after that, on January 13, we move into our new apartment. Two weeks after that, on January 27 is the closing on the house sale.
While this is fresh in my mind I wanted to share briefly what has worked well so far in packing for the move.
First, buying moving boxes has been great. In past moves we have used old boxes from wherever we could find them. This usually meant we didn’t have enough boxes for everything and the boxes were all different sizes, so they didn’t stack well. We’ve spent under $100 in boxes, packing paper, and tape, and it’s making the packing so much easier.
Second, is possibly common moving knowledge. Light items go in big boxes, medium weight in medium boxes, and heavy items in small boxes. This makes everything easier to carry.
We’re looking pretty good for our move in two weeks. We have the moving sale planned and listed on craigslist, and we have some more boxes to finish packing. I think everything is going pretty good.