The big move to the other side of town has been over for a couple of days and we’re slowing getting back into a routine. We learned and remembered a bunch of things that might help you folks out someday.
- A garage is not a big closet. We forgot that garages were made for cars and not for storing 27+ years of school books, old furniture, books, and 12 bikes.
- Throw things out. The Bride and I are pack rats but this move cured us. We filled two 14-foot dumpsters and I bet we could have filled a third one.
- Charities do get tired of seeing you. We didn’t throw everything out and we made lots of trips to the local thrift store on North Carson, the last one being a nearly-full U-Haul. After the fourth trip, the staff there stopped talking to us and stopped looking at us in the eye. But they still unloaded the trucks and took our stuff.
- Pack everything, no matter how small. Moving the contents of a house is a marathon, not a sprint, and you’re in for a long haul with many trips in the truck between houses. So it makes sense: one trip with twenty small things is vastly smarter and more organized than four trips with five things.
- Rip off the band-aid and move out as quickly as you can. We had to spread our move out over weeks because we had so much junk (6 adults + 27 years = do the math) but this increased our stress and moving expenditures threefold. The next move will be quicker and more efficient.
- Finally, you cannot undervalue the kindness of friends and family. We got great help when we needed it and I hope we can do the same for them when called upon.