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things learned while moving
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I am moving in slow stages.  We haven't found a new apartment yet, but I am still planning to be out of my place by June 15th.  I will be living at J's for the intermediate time.  J and I have a storage unit, and some of my stuff is going there, while some goes straight to his place.  My apartment is starting to look emptier, but not enough compared to how much I feel I've gotten done.  It is nice to have some time to move for a change - I've been taking a lot of stuff to Goodwill since I can pay attention to what I am packing and notice the things that I really don't need anymore.

My roomate is in his usual state of inertia about what he wants to do with the lease - officially he can't stay unless he signs a new solo lease, or he and I come to some agreement about his staying on with the current lease.  Gah.

other intriguing things:
1) Not all dressers have drawers that pull out.  (I put this Ikea dresser together six years ago, so I find this particularly annoying.)
2) Furniture that has been tasked to outdoor use, cannot be repurposed for indoors without a lot of work.
3) The two other people who lived in this apartment before us (well mostly the one) managed to leave a surprising amount of stuff here that six years later is all trash, whatever it may have been when they left.
4) I keep a lot of empty boxes - which is handy and all but moving a box of boxes is not something that even I will do.
5) Holy shit I own a lot of books and comics.
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I think for the last two moves I stumbled over point 5. I might have purged maybe 5 paperbacks and th same in commics but then this year I accquired 3 more textbooks, so I'm not really down any space or weight.

Packing when you have time to think aobut what you are packing is the best!

Good luck with the move.

I managed to give a bag of books away to the used bookstore. Of course I got some store credit in return- to buy more books! I really need to look at the comics and figure out what I'm going to re-read, but they're in the back of the storage unit now so that'll have to wait for the unpacking.

I forgot to say that I picked up a copy of Blueberry Girl on your rec and the fact that Stardust is one of my favourite books. It's fantastic, such a beautiful poem.

Yay! I'm glad that you liked it. I don't think they did much press for the book, so it's slowly spreading by word of mouth.

books are definitely the things i just pack and dont try to pare down, clothes though, those are charity fodder for sure.
lots of luck!

I did pare down books a little, but most of them I own I do want to keep. Every time I look in my closet though I find more things I can give away, which is useful.

Ha! I feel #5. J5 and I had an interim week where we were living with my parents, and the first night we spent there we got there late and went straight to bed. The next morning he looked around and said, "you weren't lying, you have a LOT of books". So for now they're staying cozily on their shelves at my mom's, but once we have a "real" place, I'll have to go through them.

The big thing is clothes. I'm doing a slow move too, but I keep forgetting to take time and go get more things. Already I have way too much stuff, so it's going to be a real test of honesty about sizes and styles... *sigh*

Yeah, I've been trying to stick to the rule that if I haven't worn something in the last year it's gone (fancy dresses being the one exception - since I don't have that many opportunities to wear them). I haven't totally pulled that off, but I still have some more closet to go through.

I also keep finding things I stuck into a corner three years ago and then forgot about completely. And really, if I haven't thought if it in three years then to goodwill it goes.

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