Sunday, June 22, 2008

Moving and storage

Today we moved most of our earthly possessions into storage - a 5x10 foot storage unit to be specific. For the past two weeks, we have been working hard to sell, give away, or donate much of our furniture, clothes, books, and other random stuff that we have collected over the past couple of years. It really is amazing what you manage to accumulate, and move repeatedly from place to place, before you finally realize that you don't actually need your high school graduation beer stein from 1990 (only in Wisconsin).

So we thought we had it narrowed down pretty well. Upon hauling our remaining belongings over to the storage unit, 5x10 feet was feeling a little tight, but after some creative furniture-and-box tetris we managed to fit all of it with room to spare. The first layer consisted of our mattress and box springs, with a tower of boxes topped by a not-so-light armchair, and the second layer consisted of additional boxes, two bookshelves, two surfboards and a bike. We'll finish it next weekend with our remaining clothes and bikes.

We're now hanging out in our mostly empty apartment, sitting on camping chairs and sleeping on our backpacking thermarests, but we figure it's just toughening us up for the road trip ahead. I think in the future, if we ever accumulate more stuff than can fit in a 5x10 foot space, our lives will have gotten too complicated.


  1. You are very zen-like about your belongings. I am impressed.

  2. Thanks! We found it got easier and easier once we started getting rid of stuff. It almost got to the point where we said 'let's just get rid of everything' but then we realized that might be a little overboard.

  3. I think in the future, if we ever accumulate more stuff than can fit in a 5x10 foot space, our lives will have gotten too complicated.

    Good plan! I agree, I like to keep the stuff I "need" in less than two suit cases. Just in case I have to leave in the middle of the night :)

    Good luck!

  4. I can't believe you are getting rid of the beer stein. How will you ever relive all of your fond DeForest memories? Sorry about the extra surfboard by the way. I hope you weren't cursing my name when you were trying to pack it in the closet.

  5. We could send you the beer stein with the surfboard if you like it so well. And we have extra room in the storage unit, so hopefully we'll put your board to use in San Diego if we end up there after our travels.

  6. I thought that the beer stein was a collectable item. Then after some consideration, since I have known Chris all his life,I am sure it was well worn.

  7. I still was kind of surprised that a high school would give it's class a vehicle for alcohol delivery...


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