Moving update (or don't you want to come help me pack?)
I grew up in the Air Force, so moving is not a new thing for me. In fact, I have to say I'm a pretty efficient mover. It only takes about three days to have everything unpacked and put away and pictures on the wall and to be all settled.
The packing up? Well, that takes a bit longer. A lot longer.
We leave three weeks from yesterday. And, oh my, is there a lot to be done. (My to-do list is four pages long.) If I think about it all, I get just a teensy bit overwhelmed. Make that a lot overwhelmed. But then I think, Just do the next thing and it starts to pass.
Since the house we're renting is unfurnished, we're taking more than we planned. But we're still leaving most of the furniture behind. A friend of mine is moving back to Denver the third week in July, so she and three of her daughters will be living in our yellow house for a year.
Closets, cupboards all need to be totally empty. Beds stripped, towels down, family pictures off the walls.
I have to say, it's a good chance to purge.
We're having a garage sale tomorrow and Saturday with a bunch of friends and as I look at stuff I'm putting in the pile, I wonder why I ever bought some of it in the first place. There's nothing like a garage sale plus a move to make you get rid of stuff you don't want or need and to resolve not to bring stuff in the house in the first place!
So I'm packing stuff to go to Phoenix in paper boxes since they're a uniform size and don't get too heavy (Note to self: Stop by Kinkos today to see if they have any more empties) and stuff to stay in the basement here in clear totes.
I went to the Walmart the other night and bought 25 huge clear plastic totes. Seems like a crazy thing to spend money on, but they are water-proof, see-through, and will protect the stuff that stays. And when we move back to Denver in a year, I'll use them to store seasonal decorations and stuff.
Janna's coming this morning for a couple of hours to hang out. We're going to head to the basement and pack up my crafty/sewing stuff. She'll be a great resource to help me decide what to take to Arizona and what to store. I could ask Toben for an opinion, but he's not much help with stuff like fabric and yarn and such :) She'll also be a great person to help me decide what knick-knacky stuff to take, that stuff that makes my home mine.
Okay, I gotta get moving this morning. A very happy Thursday to you all!