too much stuff

Moving Update – What I’m Learning

on September 17, 2008

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?