So, yeah. We’re moving. Again.
You’d think I’d be an experienced mover by now. I’ve literally lived in over 15 different places in the last 15 or so years. That’s a frickin’ lot.
Moving never seems to get easier. It’s not like playing the piano where the more you do it the better you get.
When we decided to move to Hawaii, we did it up pretty well, though. While we saved and stored personal stuff like photo albums and larger things like our bed, we hopped on the plane with only two duffel bags to our names each. That’s it! Perhaps that’ll be the simplest move I’ll ever do.
It was pretty fun starting from scratch in Hawaii. And unless you have someone paying for your move or you have thousands of dollars to spare, starting over is the only way to go.
Before moving we both sold our cars and bought ourselves a “new” island car once we got to O`ahu. I say “new” because it was really an old Chevy Prizm, but it was new to us and worked like a charm. And can you believe we only put 12,000 miles on it in 3 years? That’s island living for ya. (Can’t exactly go road trippin’ on a small island.)
Anyway, we were young and carefree back then and didn’t have much to our names to begin with. That all changed when we decided to get married and “settle down.” That meant it was time for us to start wanting a bunch of stuff so we could ask for it on our registry, right?
Because we were getting to be adults, whatever that means, we figured we needed to behave like them. Of course I need fancy dinnerware, I thought. No, I may never use that food processor I’ve always wanted, but yes I still need one. And that fancy-pants Kitchenaid Mixer? I’ll take one of those, too.
Yeah. So we fell into the consumption trap and started amassing more things we thought we needed. And by the time of our next relocation to San Francisco, the move went much differently than our move to Hawaii. This time, we had something like a 16’ foot moving truck filled to the brim. So much for living simply.
Surprisingly, though, the move itself to California went very smoothly and was also super cheap. Apparently moving trucks are scarce in California, and since we were essentially doing the rental company a favor by driving one in from Colorado, they practically paid us to do it. Ok, not really, it still cost us a few hundred dollars for the truck and car trailer, but we thought it was a steal. I expected the move to cost much more.
Turns out it usually does cost more and moving out of California was another story. Did ya know there seems to be a mass exodus out of that state? We didn’t either. Renting a truck to leave California was something like 3 times as expensive. Didn’t budget for that one.
And now, today, here we are again, ready to move.
I think one of the family members has no issue adjusting to all the moving, though. In fact I think she quite likes it. Nani has more than once shown her preference for sleeping and lying on boxes or bags, so I think she’ll cope just fine.
We’ve had a few in-town moves since leaving California and, while easier than moving from California, we’re finally fed up. Fed up with packing carefully all the fragile crap. Fed up with repacking stuff we never ever used. Fed up with caring about stuff enough to move it. Again.
And so. That brings us up-to-date. We have decided to let it all go. Well, not all, but most. We’re keeping our car (because it’s paid off – woohoo!) and whatever will fit inside it. But other than that, we’re ready to rid ourselves of our physical possessions and get by with the bare minimum for a while.
How will we do it? Well, we have a couple options. We can look for furnished places or buy only what we need in the future. We’ll just take it as it comes and see how it goes. But it’s at least nice to know we’re not tied to our things anymore and I have to say it feels pretty good.
In the end, though, if I lost everything I would be okay so long as these two are with me.