Moving again...anybody sick of it?

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    Aug 20, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    Now that people are going back to college, here are my 2 cents on moving (which I'm doing next month).

    I really hate to move. Not so much the physical labor of moving things (that's the easy part) but the realization that

    1. There's been SO much junk I've accumulated and have to throw away
    2. All those things I thought that might be useful in the future turned out to be useless 5 years later
    3. Packing is so much harder than unpacking.
    4. The dust!
    5. I have to do this all over again eventually.
  • danners

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    Aug 20, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    The junk especially. Some of the stuff I come across while throwing away junk, I can't remember how or why it got in my room in the first place!
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 20, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    You should pay somebody to pack for you and move for you.
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    Aug 20, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    commoncoll saidYou should pay somebody to pack for you and move for you.


    I thought about that. But then I would end up with the same mess in my new place. icon_lol.gif

    A purge now and then is good. But it's the purging I hate, not the results.
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    Aug 20, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    I've managed to get rid of a lot of things these past couple of years. All the stuff that really matters to me can fit inside of a cargo van, which is cheaper to rent. All the other stuff is cheap-o Ikea furniture that I can either sell/give/trash.
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    Aug 20, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    I used to move every few months, and could fit my entire life in the bed of a pickup truck.
    Now I've been in the same 2br place four years. I shudder at the thought of moving again. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    I've had over 30 major moves, and moved friends on 8 other occasions. No exaggeration, I sat here and tallied them, and I suspect I missed a few. To friends I became the "Mover-in-Chief" with all my experience, planning and executing their moves for them.

    Of course most of it was due to the US Army. Even when I had a fairly stable assignment, government quarters often weren't available right away, so I had to take temporary lodging for a few months to a year, before being assigned my permanent housing. And then in a year or 2 do it all over again, all through my career. Not to mention living out of duffle bags and suitcases as part of my duties, hardly home anyway.

    And since retiring it's been little better, 7 residences in the last 10 years. At 4 years this is the longest I've ever stayed in one place since I was 20, 42 years ago. And now hubby says he'd like to move! ARRRGGGHHHH!!! icon_razz.gif

    I've abandoned any thoughts I'll ever have a place to settle down, instead be a gypsy to the end of my days. And along the way I had to part with lots of stuff, the family heirloom things the toughest. Most of them and photographs were lost to floods and other mishaps. Now I have very few possessions, back where I started as a little kid. They say you leave the world as you entered it, and I know I sure will. There'll be no estate sale when *I* depart.
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    Aug 20, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    That's why we should all aim to live in small houses like this so we don't become cluttered with things that we need to pack:
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    I really envy the college kids nowadays. All their music in a portable iPod, not gazillion cassette tapes or a million CDs.
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 20, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    I'm moving out of state for the first time ever. I got rid of a ton of junk last week when trash came, but it still seems like I still have a ton of crap in my place.

    Plus I'm trying to sell a bunch of furniture on craigslist, but everyone seems to be flaky or akward.
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    Aug 20, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    Plus I'm trying to sell a bunch of furniture on craigslist, but everyone seems to be flaky or akward.


    Just gave away a perfectly good 30" CRT which weighed a TON...it was cheaper just to give it away.
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    Aug 20, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    For the 8 years of undergrad and medical school plus some of my PGY-1, I only took with me what fit in my Honda Civic. Seriously. An air mattress, a small plastic folding table+a folding chair were my only furniture. I never had a TV. I had a laptop after my junior year in college . I never bough music or movies. Moving took only about 3 hrs of packing and putting crap from kitchen and bathroom+clothes along with my books into the car.

    Now that I have a house and a family, I can sympathize with you. There is a lot of useless crap I can't bear to throw away. The garage probably has as much stuff as the rest of the house.

    You should put all your music from cassettes and CDs onto a hard drive or something. And throw the cassettes and CDs away.

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    Aug 21, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    carminea said
    I never had a TV...


    Funny you should mention the TV. I still have my first TV from college--a compact one that's neither too small nor too big. I watch it primarily in the kitchen. I'm never going to let this go.
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    (Yes, I'm a hoarder)icon_redface.gif But I'm improving...slowly. If I had kept all the books I read from college till now, I would fill my bedroom up completely.
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:26 AM GMT
    There is a reason why moving is listed as one of the most stressful life events - to be frank, it sucks!

    I'm moving myself on the 31st (ugh!!!) and the place I'm in now is the longest I've lived anywhere (bar growing up) at 8 years and the amount of stuff (crap) I've accumulated is unreal. I've found stuff I thought I had thrown out and replaced, I've found stuff I deluded myself into buying thinking I'd look good in it or that I've kept thinking I'll fit back into it. I've found stuff still in the shopping bags from the stores and still with the tags on.

    This entire weekend was spent sorting and tossing and now, the place looks like a tinker's camp. I will be so happy when this move is over. Though of course, that leaves the unpacking...sigh.
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:32 AM GMT
    I have moved quite a bit in my life and as a result I don't have too many material items other than enough now to furnish my small apartment. I have never understood those people who collect all this material "stuff" and then complain about it. We spend all of our lives collecting things then have to get rid of of it; I don't get it.
  • petermalaka

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    Aug 22, 2011 11:34 AM GMT
    ive move about 16 times through out the course of my life icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidI can fit everything I own in one vehicle. I kind of have it easy.


    It's called having an iPod touch, a Kindle, a laptop, and free wifi.

    Imagine the equivalent amount of stuff needed 20 years ago. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:41 AM GMT
    I know the feeling and how stressful it is to move especially packing. Just take things easy if you can, do the moving within 3-days instead of all at once.
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:47 AM GMT
    Oh I'm taking it easy. I'm just moving across town, and I have to ride out an extra month on my current place (because they require an extra month of notice), so I'm just moving 1 car-ful of stuff each time, and I got the whole month to do it.icon_lol.gif
    As opposed to my last move which required REAL packing...
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'd love to move. I feel trapped in the shithole city that I live in.

    Someday.....


    Move to Australia we have room icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 23, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    moved 3 times in already this year.I hope I stick here for a bit!
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    Aug 23, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    Oh now you're making ME cry. I have to move in a couple of months, and then I'm going to have to move again within the year.

    It takes me 6 months to fully unpack, and all of that work displaces other stuff I wish I could get done.

    I don't think I'm even going to unpack everything this time.

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  • calibro

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    Aug 23, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    i just don't even unpack anymore... california, new york, israel, and georgia (all in less than a year) here i come
  • Montague

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    Aug 23, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    11337S saidi've talked about this in some of my other posts...

    dude, i've had to move since i was around the age of six,
    about 21 times.. i'm 22.

    if u think ur tired of it...

    all of my stuff i've packed up and left in boxes..
    don't even bother unpacking anymore.


    I know how you feel, moved a few times when I was young, and now with my current career I move on few days notice to wherever I am need. icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 23, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidOnly thing that would be hard for me to move are my plants and multiple fish tanks.


    Agreed MMtM icon_smile.gif

    Moved 5 times in one year in college, and I think that has put me off moving for a while. I was really good at it by the fifth time of course. I resorted to keeping fish in translucent plastic rubbermaid bins, since they were far easier to move than glass aquariums.

    I'm half tempted to dig up my more sentimental plants (that I grew from itty bitty seeds and have taken years to mature and flower) when I move. They're like my dysfunctional, low maintenance children I pay attention to every spring and fall, but I still love them.
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    Aug 23, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    I just sold my house, so this will be, i think, my 6th time moving.
    I've accumulated a ton of books and magazines, its kinda tiring to sort out which ones to throw away.
    Then there's my clothes...ugh...