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Unpacking update

So. Much. Stuff.

Okay, it probably isn't a terrible amount of stuff. Still. It takes time and energy ro deal with it all. It's true, your stuff owns you, not the other way around.

The six-month experiment has been tremendously helpful for perspective, though. There have only been a handful of items that I have regretted putting into the pod, which means everything else is something I have lived successfully without.

So, unpacking has become a strongly dichotomous experience:

"Why hello, old friend!"
vs.
"Now why on earth did I keep you?" (item subsequently tossed into the growing Get Rid Of It pile)

Granted, there are still some dilemmas. I have enough plates and cups and bowls to host a dinner party for you and 40 of your closest friends, but I don't have a corresponding quantity of silverware. When I first started living on my own, I managed to find a great dish set for $20 at the thrift store, but I've almost never used all the coffee mugs and saucers from the set, and to top it off I have all these great handmade ceramic bowls and mugs that I prefer over the mass-manufactured ones. I should probably just go ahead and break up the set...but perhaps you can appreciate the dilemma.

I managed to extract about half the stuff from the pod, between that hour this morning and the hour of twilight when I got home from work. So at least I have a good sense that I'll be able to get everything out by the end of the weekend.

I still regret, to some extent, my decision to break my personal rule regarding furniture, which is, don't acquire it unless I can lift and carry it by myself. Because once again, here I am by myself trying to move everything in without any help whatsoever, and I just know the huge filing cabinet and the loveseat are going to be an awkward and exhausting struggle.

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randomdreams
Feb. 28th, 2015 05:42 am (UTC)
Have you considered a moving dolly?
I use it for a lot more than packing up house: when I'm moving filing cabinets or recycling or sheets of plywood, for instance. Book boxes. Man those things weigh a ton, but with a dolly, I can lift three of them with ease.
rebeccmeister
Feb. 28th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)

I'm hitting the point where yes, I'm absolutely considering a hand cart of some sort, because you're right, that would help tremendously with the filing cabinet and shelves! The (admittedly fairly small) loveseat is one of those more bulky and awkward items, so we shall see for it...

shellynoir
Feb. 28th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
get a moving dolly that's at least as tall as your shoulders. the miniature shetland pony kind are annoying.

trade a box of to go desserts for help moving something. that person will love you forever.

wheelchairs are good for moving things, and when you're done with them.... yeah that was a stupid idea.

Bigwheels! Bigwheels are good for miving things.

http://blog.uscargocontrol.com/how-to-choose-a-moving-dolly/

Remote-control toy forklifts. We can manufacture them and make millions.

rebeccmeister
Mar. 1st, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Ahh, thank you for the ideas!

Remote-control toy forklifts FTW!

I did things backwards this weekend. I'm going to bake the cookies tonight, now that everything is moved in. :-P
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