Moving Update – What I’m Learning

I’m pretty sure I am now a professional packer. In less than a week, I’ve packed nearly everything I own. My living room is now a fall out shelter for empty book shelves and hundreds of boxes. And I’m pretty sure if the Guinness Book of World Records was looking for the house with the most dust, our house would win hands down. Can we say allergies?!

Since I like to think that every experience teaches us something, here’s a list of what packing in one week or less has taught me.

1. I have entirely too much stuff.
2. Stuff multiplies faster than bunnies.
3. Stuff that seemed important the last time I moved has lost all importance.
4. It’s not as hard to part with stuff as you’d think.
5. It’s fun to find old stuff you didn’t know you had.
6. It’s odd to find things you don’t know why you have.
7. Dust accumulates faster than stuff.
8. Purging is liberating.
9. Kids are NOT enthused packers.
And most importantly…
10. You can pack an entire apartment in less than a week!

Tune in next week when I whine about finding a home in the new place for all the stuff I decided to keep.

For the question of the day, we’re talking pictures. I’ve found pictures that date back more than 20 years in all this cleaning and packing. Memories I’d long forgotten. I now realize I need to organize all of these things into some kind of system. Do you have boxes or books filled with pictures? How do you organize them? And where do you keep them?

16 thoughts on “Moving Update – What I’m Learning”

  1. J.K. Coi says:

    The pictures. I have so many of them. I used to be a good girl and scrapbook them all nice and proper, but in the last two years I haven’t done it even once. So they’re kind of all over the place now. In envelopes in my desk, in boxes in the closet. One of these days I’ll have to buckle down and organize, preferably before I have to move.

  2. terrio says:

    Do it now, JK! Do it now! LOL! Actually, I have no idea how long ago I packed one of these boxes. It could go as far back as when I moved from Tennessee to Arkansas back in ’97. I found old concert ticket stubbs from the mid 90s and pictures that date back to when my 29 yr old brother was a little kid. Neither me or my mom can figure out how I ended up with some of this stuff. LOL!

  3. irisheyes says:

    Pictures are the bane of my existence (or at least one of them)! I have boxes full of them, some photo albums full of them and now I’m getting a hard drive full of them. I was one of those people who always got doubles when developing her pictures. They’re everywhere.

    My kid’s photo albums stop when they’re about 1 1/2 years old. They are both now 11 and 13 respectively. That tells you how good I am at keeping up with that!

    The DH has decided that I should scan ALL of the picture we have so we’ll have them on our computer and be able to transfer them to disks (the wave of the future!). Like that’s gonna happen. LOL

  4. terrio says:

    I was the same way, Irish. Always got double prints. But I think a few years ago I started throwing out the doubles. However, there’s no telling what I will find in these boxes.

    Good luck getting them in the computer. That’s a better way to store them but there’s something nice about being able to flip through a photo album with someone else looking over your shoulder or holding that picture in your hand. It’s just not the same when they are all on a screen.

  5. Oh, God. I can just image the stuff you’d find.

    I never want to move. I KNOW I’ve accumulated a TON of stuff since living in our current apartment.

    I do need to clean out my closet though. I keep putting things in there going this is the perfect spot to keep this, then months later, I go, oh that’s where this ended up.

    And pictures: I’m terrible about putting them in albums, so I have boxes of them.

  6. terrio says:

    Tiff – I keep promising myself I’m not going to let this happen again. But we all know that’s an empty promise. LOL! I thought having a smaller place would mean less stuff. SO not the case.

    And I remember you had some great photo albums when I was there. You just need to get to the rest of them. LOL!

  7. I was a Creative Memories salesperson in the early days of the company. I have a couple of dozen albums and STILL have boxes of photos and mementos. It’s a losing battle.

  8. I’m leaving the pile of pix for the kids to fix, LOL. Some years ago, I bought each of the four kids their own big plastic tub, and I started tossing in old pictures, report cards, etc. I still have too many things left, mostly getting stuck together in boxes. I’ve solved the whole problem by not taking pictures of anything or anybody lately. I’m the only grandmother in the world with no pictures of her grandchildren. 🙂

  9. terrio says:

    Andrea!!! Thanks for dropping by. My friend did the CM thing and she has giant suitcases of stuff. She swears she uses all this craft stuff but right now she can’t use her dining room because that’s where all this stuff is. Talk about a hobby that comes with lots of stuff!

  10. terrio says:

    Maggie – You do realize your kids will be cursing you one day. LOL! And I know you have pics of those precious babies. That’s the one good thing about pics being digital these days – less boxes and tubs filled with un-labeled pictures!

  11. irisheyes says:

    Terri – How did your move go???!!!

  12. terrio says:

    Irish – It went very well, though I’m so sore I can’t move without major pain. I plan on taking some pictures of the new place and then putting up a new blog about the move. Right now all I can say is thank goodness for teenagers!

  13. Quantum says:

    Terri, You made it! I always knew you would!

    Wow! A new place completely clear of junk.
    It must be like starting to write a new book.
    You approach the desk which has only a pen, ink and a blank sheet of paper.
    The rest is up to you.

    Now I know that you can write a beautiful book.

    Good luck.

  14. terrio says:

    Yep, we made it. And it doesn’t exactly feel like a clean slate with all the boxes still sitting around. I’m hoping to get curtains up this weekend which will go a long way to making it feel complete. Then if all goes well, the last of the boxes get emptied by Sunday night and we’re all done!

    Gosh, that sounds good. And I do plan on posting a blog about the move and the new place, but I want to wait until I have pictures of it finished!

  15. Marnee Jo says:

    Good grief, my pictures are a mess. I’d love to say I’m one of those creative scrapbooking folks, but my creativity ends at the borders of a page of paper.

    I keep mine, completely unorganized, in a box in my closet. I have some hanging, but most are just a big mess.

    Since digital, I keep them on disks, which I store in a box in the closet as well.

    *sigh* Good way to care for precious memories, huh?

  16. terrio says:

    Marn – don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone in your lack of organization. Right now, I still haven’t unpacked boxes of stuff that I need, nevermind gotten around to organizing the pictures (or anything else). Right now it feels like this apartment will never be put together!

    But I think it’s funny that the disks are also in the closet. LOL! That’s kind of ironic.

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