The days are passing very swiftly now. In two days, the moving and storage company comes to pack up our stuff. We have been boxing stuff up ourselves, though, because this isn't a move like our last move (almost twenty years ago).
For this move, we are separating everything we own into four piles: Store. Donate. Discard. Move to New Orleans.
Our rental house in New Orleans is fully furnished, so very little is coming with us - just clothes, treasures, and important books and papers. That means that we will pay to store whatever we keep - it's a compelling argument to downsize.
It's odd to examine the bits and pieces of crap we've surrounded ourselves with for nearly twenty years. That rusty baking sheet? The paper towel holder? Tupperware?
Most of what we're dealing with is books. We have tons of them. I should have counted the number of books, or even boxes of books, that passed through our hands. We have become this year's best donor to the Topanga Branch of the Los Angeles County Library - I think we've hauled at least 30 boxes of books to the Friends of the Library.
Today I did something that I really should have done weeks ago - I gathered up the old cans of latex paint in the basement and dropped them off at a paint recycling center. It almost didn't go so well. I stopped in at the place I knew about, and they had a sign on the door saying, "Paint recycling is FULL." Yikes!
So I got online and found a Dunn-Edwards in Marina del Rey that accepted the 15 or so cans that were in the back of my car. Thank you, nice man who helped me out at 7:30 this morning!
When you're moving out of your house but you're not moving everything to a new house, there are things you don't think of. Pillows! I have one favorite, and four "support" pillows I sleep with. Do I take my favorite pillow with me? The support pillows are actually pretty crappy - more bulk to prop me up when I read than anything else. I guess I should throw them out.
We have bed linens that are over twenty years old. Is it really worth paying money to store them? What's a better value - paying storage, paying shipping, or buying new?
As each day goes by, my ruthless impulse to throw everything out gets stronger. But even that is difficult - we have filled the cans up on the street to overflowing. On Thursday, after pick-up, we can stuff them full one more time.
My last day at work is Friday - HR policy says I have to be there the whole day. But I just accrued some new personal leave when the fiscal year turned over, so I will be taking short days before then. My vacation pay-out will be rolled over into my 457 retirement account.
Once the house is empty, we'll move into a hotel near the airport. Jack will spend a few days at the local kennel, where he's always been very happy. Then we'll pick him up and deliver him to Cargo. He'll be on the same flight we're on, a direct flight just about four hours. We've been kennel training him, so I hope he'll do just fine.
|Bon voyage, Jack!|
What stories do you have about moving house?