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You know you have too much stuff... - MtnVwPilot

Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:56 pm You know you have too much stuff...

... when the estimator for the moving company explains, quite reasonably, why packing and moving your 1-person household 40 miles is going to be a 3-day job.

One day to pack (3 men), one to load (4 men), and one to unload (4 men). The loading and unloading might be combined into a single day, but it would mean 7 guys all tripping over each other trying to get in/out the same door and up/down the same set of stairs, and it would be a very long day at that (with folks getting error-prone and clumsy because they're tired). Better to do the loading and unloading (and the driving from one end to the other, which is almost incidental) in 2 reasonable-length days with a more reasonably-sized crew each day.

But still, I've got a lot of stuff... I've got to see how much of it I can get rid of before moving day (which will be in mid-April, probably the 10-11-12th or so).

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Date:March 3rd, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
I had a variant of this problem when I moved, complicated by interstate licensing, snow, and a three-story place to unload in. Oh, and 12,000 pounds of stuff.
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Is that what happens when one finally settles down and doesn't move every year? :-) Maybe someday...
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Let's see, the last time I moved myself with just a U-Haul was ... 1987? When I moved from a 1BR apartment in Oakland to a 2BR apartment in Richmond, while going to school at Berkeley. Twin-sized bed, loveseat-sized couch, particle board desk, cheap kitchen table and chairs. Not much else... Not sure where I disposed of the ancient Steelcase desk and overstuffed LaZBoy recliner, but I'm pretty sure they didn't wind up in Richmond.

When I next moved, in 1989, to Redwood City, the company that I was going to work (Xerox PARC) paid for real movers. Spoiled me for life... I've used movers for all my moves since then:

1987, to Richmond
1989, to Redwood City
1990, to Sunnyvale
1992, to my original house in Mountain View
1999, to my current house in Mountain View (2 blocks from the old one)
2001, to Australia
2003, back from Australia, to Mountain View
2006, to San Francisco

So, let's see, for intervals that's roughly 2, 1, 2, 7, 2, 2, and now 3 years. Wow, that's more frequently than I'd thought... That 7-year stretch in the old house in Mountain View kinda lulled me into some sort of stupor, I think... ;-) I've owned this house in Mountain View for nearly 7 years, but I haven't been living in it the whole time because of my side-trip to Australia.

Hmm, this has been an interesting bit of reflection... Thanks for your comment, which led me to think about it!

Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
As someone with one house in storage in Ottawa, and another (ok, half a house) in storage in Melbourne (in addition to my furnished apartment on Collins St), I can empathise with your problem.

Perhaps, given how close SF is the MV, you could rent a storage locker for all the stuff you don't *need*, and then have a little more control over your new image. :-)

Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
Or better yet, if I don't *need* it, I should get *rid* of it! Yeah, that'll work! ;-)

Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)


Would that it were that easy. Once you get over the "I might still need that someday" and "it still works just as well as it did when I got it", you still need to dispose of things responsibly, preferably to someone who will use the thing. This whole redistribution of wealth thing is trickier than I thought.
Date:March 3rd, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)

Re: stuffed

Yeah, thus the smiley... I know just how difficult it'll be. I went through a similar exercise a few years ago, when moving to Australia and then back a couple of years later... I took a bunch of stuff with me, and stored most of the rest (except some of my furniture, since I rented the house partially furnished). If the expense and hassle of that wasn't enough to make me lighten the load, what's a puny 40-mile move to SF?