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Moving: You never know how much stuff you own

05.13.2009

Let me preface this by saying that I’m incredibly excited about moving to Dallas to start off married life on the right foot. I’m thrilled to finally be with Cent in the same place at the same time, not have have to struggle with time differences, or saying goodbye for undisclosed amounts of time.

However, I am NOT excited about moving my stuff. Moving is such an inconvenience. Because let’s face it, you don’t realize exactly how much stuff you own until you have to pack it into boxes. Lots of boxes. A large container worth of boxes.

I’m often asked, “When are you moving?” and “How are you moving?” And in my true style of dealing with such obstacles, I’ve been taking the obvious path: avoidance. Well, as time keeps ticking down until the wedding, we have about ten weeks left. Yikes! Avoidance is no longer an option. I’ve asked some friends well-versed in cross-country relocation, Beth and Jess, for their suggestions. It’s some seriously bitter juice to swallow the idea of spending $3000 on moving my stuff to Texas. Really $3k?

I was in Dallas this past weekend, and I was on a mission. I was bound and determined to move a good chunk of my clothing to Cent’s apartment. I’d much rather pay $15 to check a big suitcase (which made it underweight!) than pay however much to ship it. I’m frugal by nature, I learned it from my Dad. Well, of the 45.8lbs that I packed, I was able to fit it all into Cent’s closet. I also had to rearrange and rehang some of his stuff, but it fit!

My drawers at home are a lot looser. But it still doesn’t conquer the beast that are my books and other assorted stuff. Then I think about it and it’s really all just stuff. I can probably live without it. I mean, if I haven’t seen it in a couple of weeks or months or even years, I must not miss it, right?!

Curses to the Pack Rat gene that runs in my family. I need a new mantra “Let it go, it’s just stuff.”

So here’s to continuing my mission I set out at the beginning of the year when I attended the PhotoBiz Boot Camp in January: reducing my possessions by half before my move.

And since putting it out on the blog will make me more accountable, here are my steps to accomplish said mission.

Move to Dallas with 1/2 of possessions by 8/2009
-sort/purge all clothing by 3/2009 Completed April 2009
-donate clothing that doesn’t fit
-donate clothing that hasn’t been worn in 6 months

-sort/purge all personal items by 6/30/2009
-sort items to move to dallas
-sort items to donate
-sort items to toss
-let go of old magazines, notebooks, or books that haven’t been looked at in 6 months
-bring old magazine to Allison by 2/1/09 Completed
-bring old magazines to hospital by 2/1/09 Completed
-sell books to Half Price books by 5/31/2009
-sort books into keep pile
-sort books into give away pile
-sort books into sell pile

And because pictures always make the day better:

The center building with the point and diagonal architecture is Cent‘s office building.

Us at the Dallas World Aquarium, the weekend our parents met for the first time!

Happy Wednesday!

And if you have any moving advice leave some in the comment box! And saying to not to move is NOT advice! :)

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  • Reply Jess 05.13.2009 at 11:11 am

    I would honestly suggest shipping books and dvds that you don’t want to get rid of. It doesn’t turn out to be that much stuff. Nick and shipped literally a least 60 boxes for ~600 dollars. Most of our full book boxes were around 15 bucks. For favorite things, totally worth it. We just did it through USPS. Then any fragile stuff, computers, and photos (so personal) we brought with us in the car. I think our way ended up being the cheapest we could have possibly done. I’m happy we did it that way.

  • Reply whitney elizabeth 05.13.2009 at 11:17 am

    haha, good luck with it! i moved from NC to CA last july and boy, was that fun 😉 fortunately, our moving expenses were mostly paid for from job relocation, BUT we still had to do the whole purge, etc thing when we got to CA because we didn’t have room for everything!! my advice: become heartless…anything that isn’t flattering or hold a memory must go! :) hope you get it all finished before the BIG DAY!!!!!

  • Reply faye 05.13.2009 at 11:20 am

    shat, good luck! when chris and i moved to philly, it wasn’t as big of a deal because 1) we moved into a teeny studio, so we didn’t even need to move furniture, and 2) we aren’t planning to stay here forever. what chris and i have been doing though, is booking flights on swa and maxing out the free luggage allowance (2 suitcases each). have you looked into mailing stuff and buying furniture in dallas? it might be cheaper…or you can rent a uhaul and make it a road trip!

  • Reply kate 05.13.2009 at 1:04 pm

    ship media mail for sure. good luck with the move :) I always love moving into a new place. nesting!!

  • Reply Bethro 05.13.2009 at 6:56 pm

    Invite me over and I will ruthlessly help you get rid of stuff. With the exception of books, I LOVE getting rid of stuff.

  • Reply Lydia 05.14.2009 at 7:39 pm

    Have you considered driving out there with a truckload? I never realized that moving could be so expensive! Can’t wait to see you in less than two weeks!

  • Reply Gail 05.15.2009 at 8:17 am

    Congratulations on making your clothes fit into the closet. When I did my last big move.. anything I hadn’t look at or worn or otherwise touched in a year… out it went – donations, giveaways or tosses..

  • Reply Elizabeth Momb 05.15.2009 at 1:26 pm

    Make sure you have all your wedding gifts that are bought online sent to Dallas! But make sure Cent doesn’t open them without you :) Oh yeah, and don’t move…

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