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Lydia Oh Lydia
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Is there anything worse than moving? Yes, I know there are probably a ton of worse things. But, moving is the pits. I've been packing over the last couple of weeks to make things easier (official moving of the majority of stuff is on Saturday). I thought I was near the last bits, but really, the last stuff seems to grow. I just used my last boxes and can't do more until I get more. DH will bring some from work tonight, but he doesn't get home until after 10, so I feel like I can't do anything more that's productive until either late tonight or early in the morning.

Even though it's rantidote, I'll end on a positive note. I found two pairs of shoes I had forgotten about. And the new house is great.

Lydia "Pennsylvania, here I come" Oh Lydia

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daisyslegs
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Oh God, I don't ever ever ever ever ever want to move again...

you have my deepest sympathies. [Wink]

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Whenever I have to move, I always think with jealousy of the scene from Disney's Sword in the Stone where Merlin sings and all his stuff shrinks to tiny size and packs itself neatly in one suitcase. Man, why can't I do that? I'm in the process now of starting to go through and decide what I should get rid of, rather than pack, for my next move. I didn't get to do that last time, since I had to move in such a hurry. I figure, if something has remained boxed up for the entire year I've lived here and I haven't missed it, I probably don't need it anymore!

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I have to move twice in a month. Once when my current lease ends on July 1st and then again on the 15th when the house SO and I are renting becomes available. So not looking forward to that. Not with my library (three 8 x 4 bookshelves full).

I feel your pain.

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mags
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Living in dorms and apartments for several years taught me to be absolutely brutal about what I keep, and what I give away. It makes it a lot easier to move if you only are moving the essentials.

When I moved to California, the things I took with me were pared down to 7 boxes which I mailed there, and the contents of two suitcases that flew out with me.

When we moved back, we had to get a 20-foot moving truck. Frankly, I would have gotten rid of all the furniture, and the fridge, as well as a lot of the other things we were taking, but my sweetie was attached to it. Most of the furniture is now in our basement and rarely used. Although I packed everything of mine, and our mutual things, and some of his stuff like clothing in the weeks leading up to the move, my SO wouldn't pack any of his stuff until the day we were loading the truck to go, while the movers were beginning to load the truck. It nearly drove me to tears. I did finally get driven to tears when he and I were taking the last several boxes down to the truck approaching midnight, and I just didn't see how my fat ass was going to make it down and up those stairs yet another time, much less lugging a box with me. I also hadn't really eaten that day, so low blood sugar may have contributed to my outburst. We stopped and ordered a pizza. We ultimately didn't get on the road until 3 AM, and I had been up since 8 the day before.

I will admit, what made it so easy for me to pare everything down when I moved by myself, was that I was able to keep much of my childhood toys, etc, at my parents' house. Since I have moved back, and into a house, they decided it is time to finally get my stuff out of their house and into mine. It was exhausting to go through and sort so much of my childhood in such a short time (they brought a few boxes a week for a couple months). I do feel good now that it is over, and I only have three or four boxes of things that I am keeping.

It is somewhat nice to periodically go through and do a toss of my things, keeping the things I really like, need, or want, and getting rid of the rest. However, I never want to have to move again. It's a good thing I really like this house!

Good luck on the move, Lydia. If I were to give any advice, it would be to buy a tape gun, some good quality packing tape, and some good moving boxes with the cut-out handles. It's really nice to have such boxes, especially if you're moving yourselves. My second suggestion would be to get moving men. I have found they're about the best investment you can make in your health, at least if you're anything like me. The move before our last move, we did it all ourselves, and my back was screwed up for weeks.

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Lydia Oh Lydia
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Well, we do have movers, so things could definitely be worse. We still have to do all the packing.

It really could be a lot more work than it is. I suppose I'm just tired and can't wait to be done packing, moving, and unpacking.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lydia Oh Lydia:
Is there anything worse than moving?

No.

You have my condolences.

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Between 1975, the year I got married (hey, everybody makes mistakes) until I bought my current house in 1992, I moved 18 times. The last two were on my own; the rest I blame on ExH. He is a journalist (no offense, Canuck!) and moves up the ladder by moving to different papers.

I've told my kids that the only way they're getting me out of my little house is 1) if I win the lottery and get my log cabin or 2) feet first. I am so never moving again.

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Mad Jay
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You have my sympathies, Lydia
DO you have any friends that you want to get rid off? Ask them to help you move [lol]

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Lydia Oh Lydia
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Well, I've moved well over 20 times. I've been in the current place 4 years and this is the longest I've been anywhere since, oh, around elementary school.

Oh well. Unless the Fates are against me, the movers will be here in a couple of hours and the weather will clear up so I can ride my bike to the new house in dry weather.

Thanks everyone for allowing me to whine!

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You never realize how much junk you own until you have to pack it all up and move it somewhere!

I've moved several times. After all the difficulty of selling my previous house and the tornado before the last move I've told everybody I'm never moving again, not even if the government decides the latest superhighway goes through my living room.

Good luck, Lydia!

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Christie
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Since 1996 I've moved 10 times. Sigh. We've never lived anywhere longer then a year. On the plus side at least half those moves were international which means I packed at one end but most of the stuff went into storage so no unpacking (over very little anyway) at the other end.

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quote:
Originally posted by Christie:
Since 1996 I've moved 10 times.

Lightweight! I've moved 10 times since 2002! [Razz]

And yes, it is the pits. Every time I move I wonder why I have to collect books, why I can't develop an addiction to cotton wool or tissue paper or similar..

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See my location? I know all too well what you're going through! [Wink]
My lease expired on June 1, and I could have bought another month at that apartment, but I didn't think I'd be in Denver that long. Now it looks like I might be, but luckily I've found a couple of places I can rent by the week. For the time being, I'm sleeping on a friend's couch, but as soon as I'm done with finals I'll be moving for the second time in a week. Then I'll be moving again, this time overseas, if and when the red tape gets cleared for me to take the internship I've been offered. Then, at the end of the summer, I'm moving to Paris. I may or may not already be in Europe before then depending on the internship situation. In any case, most of my stuff is already on its way to Paris.

So yes, Lydia, I feel your pain. Lots of luck to us both!

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mags
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Wow, I am really lucky. I lived at least part of the year in the same house from the time I was brought back from the hospital until I was 21. I moved in and out of dorms for 4 years, and moved out of my parents' house about halfway into my 21st year.

Then I moved to California, to a different apartment in California, and back here. So, I only did a full move four times in my life.

That was plenty to make me hate it. I don't plan on moving again any sooner than 5 years from now, and I doubt that it will even happen then.

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Dad was in the Navy, so I moved every few years up until I was 16. I still find myself getting restless every few years, so I end up doing some sort of furniture shuffling or fix-up in the house, so I don't get to geeling bored. So far, I've moved 26 times in 43 years, not including back and forth to college apartments. I HATES it!!! I agree on getting movers. I've done both and movers is definitely the way to go. I've already told DH we're not moving from here until: (1) we buy a house and (2) we have enough money set aside to pay for someone to do all the work, including as much of the packing up as possible.

I decided, since I'll be doing all the cleaning and repainting when we move out of here, I shouldn't have to do ALL the packing up, too (he doesn't help at all, procrastinates big time, so he's willing to do what I want in this).

The first time we moved after we had all 3 kids, I actually called up my mother and apologized for any grief I might have caused her during our many moves when I was growing up! [lol]

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Lydia Oh Lydia
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So, we moved. We spent the weekend unpacking. We still have a ton of boxes, but we've made a lot of progress. The good thing is that it looks like only a few things were broken in the move. The cats are beginning to acclimate to the new environment.

I can't tell you how many boxes were just full of my books. I can get rid of a lot, but some, I just cannot get rid of.

So, now I'm a Pennsylvanian. I think this is my 7th state.

Thanks to everyone who felt my pain!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Lydia Oh Lydia:
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I can't tell you how many boxes were just full of my books. I can get rid of a lot, but some, I just cannot get rid of.(snip)

My granddaughter was trying to put some books away this weekend and they wouldn't fit. I said we probably needed to get rid of some books and she was scandalized! I'm trying to raise a reader; I think I'm also raising a packrat. [Big Grin]

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I have gotten rid of many books in the last few years. We still have thousands but now there are actually gaps in some of the shelves. Rather that mourn the missing books (many of which went to happy recipents) I think of the gaps as lovely homes for new books I've not bought yet.

The hubby is expanding his long term job search range. We may yet move.

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My major moving-story-of-pain isn't actually mine. It's when my lodger moved out.

The day before she was meant to be moving, she packed a couple of things. The actual day of the move, myself, my EvilLodger and a friend sat around for a couple of hours wondering where all the rest of the help was, until it transpired that the EvilLodger had failed to comprehend that a) almost everyone else had offered to help the next day and b) the one or two people who were meant to be there had no way of getting there.

So she spent the entire day packing, while the asthmatic and the person with joint problems moved all her stuff (futon, wardrobe, two desks, filing cabinet, innumerable bookcases, about three different computers, you get the idea) out into the van.

I pretty much crippled myself, but it was worth it to get her out...

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See the little face above? That was the reaction my father got back in 1992 when my mother said 'can you imagine US moving?' Hubby and I were getting ready to move into our house and Dad and I were discussing the logistics of the thing. A parent with a truck=instant mover.
My parents moved into their house in the fall of 1955 and my mother still lives there. She's getting rid of some things now, but you know that the longer you live some place, the more stuff you get.

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Tape. Lots and lots of strapping/filament tape.

Most of our stuff is already packed, and I am going through things and tossing stuff I don't need. I found 3 boxes full of game manuals for things I don't even have anymore. Stuff for when I still had a Quadra 950!

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Lainie
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quote:
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My parents moved into their house in the fall of 1955 and my mother still lives there. She's getting rid of some things now, but you know that the longer you live some place, the more stuff you get.

My grandfather built a house around 1910, just before he married my grandmother and started a family. They moved in and had 3 kids. My grandmother died in 1937. A couple years later, Grampa married Gramma (the gramma I remember) and she moved in with her two kids from a previous marriage (two of grampa's kids were out of the house by then). Grampa died in 1963. In 1965, Gramma remarried. Her third husband died in 1979. Gramma died in 1990.

And then we had to clean out the house. It had been occupied by the same family for 80 years. Gramma had been living there for about 50 years. Not only had a ton of stuff accumulated, but it was stuff that originated with three separate families. Gramma had bio grandchildren, two sets of step-grandchildren, and assorted step-great grandchildren.

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