Every time I move, I’m surprised by the amount of stuff I own.
In the months leading up to moving weekend, I reduced the amount of stuff in my apartment by about a third. I should have taken pictures, but I’m certain I have about 70% of what I had, pre-move.
Before Moving Weekend
I got rid of stuff in sweeping motions, room by room, I decluttered, and it felt good. Sometimes stuff would make it through the first round, only to be cut in following rounds (like Kacie B on the bachelor, poor thing). I got rid of a vacuüm cleaner I hated. I replaced it with a smaller one. I decluttered more than 50% of my clothing, and I don’t miss a thing. I thought about the 80/20 rule and tried, really tried, to keep only the 20% of stuff I use.
I decluttered of my bathroom scale. I eliminated dinner plates and big coffee mugs. I cut and cut, and when there wasn’t much left, I started packing.
During Moving Weekend
I have some of the best friends on the planet, and they all said they’d help. The boyfriend/voice of reason came, my sister came, and two sets of in-town friends came to help. I was determined to only have them help me move the stuff I can’t get myself. So I moved my kitchen. I moved my living room. I moved my bedroom (okay, I moved the closet). I moved the bathroom.
And then it was Saturday, and the voice of reason and I went to go borrow a van from a friend.
And we moved.
Lessons Learned After Moving Weekend
- It’s almost always better to rent a 10′ truck than borrow a van. One trip verses three? No contest.
- On the other hand, it’s almost always more fun to buy friends’ dinner than to pay movers to move my stuff.
- Box springs are for other people.
- The voice of reason does a really good job taking a hammer to a box spring and dismantling it for trash.
- Moving is not really as painful as I’ve always thought.
- “Across town” is actually kind of far!
- Moving in February means fun with weather — complete with bouts of downpour, some snow, and some spots of sunshine.
Now that the dust has settled, I think I’m smitten. I need a bed, though, since the frame cannot be used with just the mattress, and I’ve turned into a gross college student with my mattress on the floor.