Earlier this week the local weather was showing rain for days. Days. My weekend was looking unfavorable to say the least. I was going to need to spend my time packing some more. Instead, I had dry weather so I got a few chores outside done. Even though it was slightly overcast, I was enjoying the fresh air.
Luckily this afternoon, the clouds dispersed and the sun showed up. Driving out to skating for our son had me feeling the heat inside my wife’s car. An illusion of summer was once again upon us. It was looking like a perfect night to eat dinner outside.
Alas, the temperatures said otherwise. Our backyard is shaded by trees, so it was even cooler than expected. Our dinner was quick with minimal talking and we headed back in for the night. We can still hear the birds and view the skies as night falls.
I’m glad it didn’t rain much on my days off. We were able to get more downsizing of some possessions completed as a family. Boxes packed, stacked and ready to go. Only seven weeks remaining… but who’s counting?
Seventy eight days until we move. Seems so far away. But it’s only 11 weeks from now. In ten weeks, we will need to be 95% ready to move out. The last week will be paperwork and chaos. In five weeks I will need to start getting into contact with our billing companies to start the address change information.
Yesterday I finished booking two moving companies at a cost of almost $5000. Yup. TWO moving companies. One is bringing in two trucks and somewhere between six to eight people to dismantle furniture and move all of our possessions. The other company is specifically called in order to move our grand piano.
Today we ran out of boxes. We have a good portion of the unnecessary and hardly used stuff packed away. Besides the obvious Christmas decorations- we packed up book shelves, extra nicknacks from the kid’s rooms and a bunch of stuff from cupboards that we can live without for a couple of months. A huge assortment of stuff.
About a month ago my wife told me I was bringing home too many boxes. Now we are realizing that we will need twice the amount originally planned. How did we possess so much stuff? When my wife and I first moved together all we had was a bed, a couple bookcases, a couch, a tv, and a freezer. All of which fit into two pick up trucks and our two door car.
It feels as though we are upsizing once more instead of downsizing. Sure, we are getting rid of some possessions as we pack up. But we also have plans to buy some new furnishings in our next home once we settle in. At which point, we will probably purge some more stuff.
Moving is a pain in the butt. And costly. No wonder we haven’t moved in 14 years. I don’t want to do it ever again.
It’s that time again. My first vacation of the year is starting. It feels great to know I don’t have to go into work for 11 days.
It was definitely a stressful day at work as I tried to keep focused. My mind was clearly elsewhere as buying and selling of our future homes is forefront in my life.
The next few days will be some decompressing time. I’ll get some time to myself and then next week my wife and the kids will be on vacation as well. That’s when we will be busy packing more stuff for the move.
So “Spring Break” won’t be much of a break. Just time away from work in order to do more work.
I’m currently helping my mother pack up her home. She has saved almost everything over the years. Most of which doesn’t make sense.
I found some pig salt and pepper shakers from 1981. Never been used. These have moved to at least ten different houses. Crazy.
I discovered another classic from the 80’s. A book on tying silk scarves. A fantastic read. Looking at the cover, it doesn’t look like it was ever opened.
My mother even saved the patches I received as a child in whatever sports/activity I was in. The last great achievement in physical activity I did was receiving “Gold” in the Canada Fitness Award Program back in grade 7. Pretty sure that program ended a year or two later. The poor Canadian children nowadays don’t understand the agony of having to do this.
Those were a couple of the oddities I found. But the thing that surprised me more was that my mother wouldn’t throw out old electronics. Many of which she never uses any more. She has a cheap portable CD player that she won’t get rid off because she may go for a walk on the beach one day and would like to listen to music. I discovered a cheap navigation system that she never figured out how to use, so it’s practically brand new even though it’s about ten years old now. She has numerous printers for her computer, “because it’s easier to buy a new printer than figure out what is wrong with the other one”. I also discovered a bin of cables, cords, and wires that she is keeping because she’s not sure what they all belong to. Most of these things she is afraid to give up.
But my daughter scored pretty well this trip. Gramma saved an old clarinet in really good shape from when my sister took band class for about three years. My daughter is also walking away with a never been used 2010 Canon VIXIA HD camcorder. I have no idea why my mother owned it, however my daughter is super excited about being its new owner.
Sure, there are some memories packed away now in these boxes. And the sensation of feeling or seeing these items makes you ponder life. I was a bit upset that my mother saved the strangest things from my childhood instead of the things that mattered most to me. Perhaps one day my kids will be thinking the same thing about me. What I save won’t make sense to anyone but me.
I guess that’s what hoarding is. Keeping what you want- because one day it will mean something. At least now I know numerous different ways to tie a silk scarf.