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I am the moving master!

May 27, 2011

So, last Sunday was my official moving day and I have to say, I think it went quite well!

I had some friends with their pickup truck coming to move the last few large items (my bed, my washer & dryer, and one folding banquet table). However, when my friends arrived, they were surprised to learn that those were the only items left to move. Everything else I had moved in advance by myself, one car-load at a time over the past few weeks.  Given that I lived in an upstairs apartment, that was quite a workout.  My cardiovascular fitness hasn’t been this good in years!  My back, on the other hand, is fairly unhappy with me, but I think I’ll survive.

I have to say, if there was ever a vivid lesson in the value of minimalist living, it’s moving everything you own, one box at a time, all by yourself.   It was certainly an eye opener for me!  Now I just have to unpack everything again.  *groan*

One thing I have promised myself is that nothing is staying boxed up just because I don’t know what to do with it.  If it’s not currently useful–or if there’s no room for it–it’s gone.  My new bedroom is 11.5′ x 10′ and that (along with a small amount of space in the garage) is where all my things have to be stored.  That is not a lot of room, but I embrace the challenge!

I keep imagining how serene I would feel if all of the things I really needed could be easily contained in one room.  My ultimate goal is to whittle down my belongings to what could fit in my car (not counting my bed or other furniture, obviously).  The idea of that fills me with a sense of freedom and possibility.

I will post more pictures shortly.  As soon as I figure out where I packed my camera.  *headdesk*

Woah, where did April go?

May 4, 2011

Whoops!  My goodness, time does fly when you’re hauling 72% of your worldly possessions to Goodwill, one box at a time.

In fact, I am making better progress on my apartment purge than my lack of blogging might seem to indicate. With just over two weeks to go before moving day, I’ve gotten rid of a huge number of books, a whole lot of clothes, a bunch of kitchen junk, and misc. assorted knickknacks.

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Progress!

March 19, 2011

Okay, so I am clearly not cut out to be one of those ‘multiple posts per week’ bloggers.

However! Since my last post, I have made significant inroads on my assigned tasks:

  1. I tossed 97% of my sizable VHS tape collection (which, granted, should have been done 10 years ago, but still).
  2. I sold roughly 50% of my dvds on Amazon, making over $1,000 for the travel fund. \o/
  3. In the spirit of minimalist living, I cleared off my desk at work.
  4. I created a Craigslist account, in preparation for selling some larger pieces of furniture over the next month or so.
  5. I gave away a pretty big pile of random stuff to friends, Goodwill, and a local pet rescue for their charity yard sale.

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The journey begins…

February 13, 2011

Two days ago I turned forty.  I don’t have a problem with being forty, I actually think it’s a pretty cool age to be.  However, I have been dissatisfied with the life I’m living for some time now and I’m looking for a way to shake things up and get myself moving again.

One change–which is already underway–is that I’m in the process of losing a considerable amount of weight.  I’ve lost 70 lbs already, so I’m pleased with my progress there.

At this time, the major goal I’m facing is to move out of my large-ish one bedroom apartment and into a single bedroom in a shared house.  I have several motivations for this:

1. To save as much money as possible over the next several years to fund whatever my ultimate goals may turn out to be (travel, self-employment, moving to another city, etc.)

2. To force myself to purge all unnecessary belongings from my life.  They are only weighing me down and making me feel trapped.

3. To encourage my transition toward a more active and experience-based life, rather than merely accumulating a cocoon of possessions…as though I could somehow purchase the life of my dreams at Target.

The move is scheduled to take place in about three months, so the time between now and then will be spent sifting through my stuff and deciding how to dispose of it, and which items will be deemed ‘necessary’ and make the move with me into my new life.

Wish me luck.