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Old 07-30-2010, 11:43 PM
 
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I started this thread about 6 months ago, when we decided to move. Its taken about that long to do it, but we did. I had a few setbacks along the way, mainly a spinal injury and surgery that delayed us. I was appalled at how much crap we had, and still do. I've learned one thing--live light, you never know what life may hand you, and you may need to move and not have the resources. As I found out, stuff happens, like my back injury.

I saw this happen to my parents. On another thread, about Detroit, I talked about how my parents lived in the same house 30+ years, then when they had to move they simply couldn't, it was beyond them. They had too much stuff, and no resources to help, ie money, friends, etc. Also, they tried to clear out 30 years of stuff in a few weeks. Basically they were forced out of their home due to the high crime rate, it became so dangerous they had to literally flee with a few posessions. They went back to reclaim their posessions, but never recovered from the "forced exile". Their health had deteriorated, and they weren't able to cope with it all.

I saw the handwriting on the wall and decided to make the move now while I'm still able. We almost didn't make it, I developed another, as of yet undiagnosed health problem the week before we moved. Its a muscular weakness, I barely made it out of there, but we made it! Now to get rid of remaining crap so we are mobile. That's the key, always remain mobile, don't get buried alive in stuff!
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:13 AM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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A good message to take to heart, Marylee. If we (and by we, I mean my fiance) didn't have so much stuff, this move would be much easier than it is. As it is now, between house renovations, work, weeding through massive amounts of stuff, and planning for today's huge garage sale, I despair of making our move-out date of August 7th.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:21 AM
 
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I donated $250 worth of virtually new books to the library book sale. It felt so good to lighten up and also to help the library I love. 5 more boxes of books in the basement. I hope I can donate a bunch of those also. Less weight = less money spent on moving.
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Or here's something you can do with trophies---do they have a name plate? Remove the plate, put it in an album along with a picture and description, then donate the trophy to Goodwill, they do find uses for them.
I only have one, (the other bulky stuff is from my years at camp.) I'll take the name plate off and then donate it, Thanks for the idea Marylee!
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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I donated $250 worth of virtually new books to the library book sale. It felt so good to lighten up and also to help the library I love. 5 more boxes of books in the basement. I hope I can donate a bunch of those also. Less weight = less money spent on moving.
Sorry for the double post, but if you've got nearly new books, there are some websites where you can type the ISBN number (the number by the barcode) and they search for comapnies buying books. You might be able to sell them that way. The books might not go for very much, but you caould use the money to help pay for the move.

Just type in "sell books online" into any search engine and a whole bunch of sites will come up.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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A good message to take to heart, Marylee. If we (and by we, I mean my fiance) didn't have so much stuff, this move would be much easier than it is. As it is now, between house renovations, work, weeding through massive amounts of stuff, and planning for today's huge garage sale, I despair of making our move-out date of August 7th.

If you can't sell it, ditch it! Seriously, I mean it, give it to Goodwill, trash it, whatever you need to do to lighten the load. Otherwise you will have to deal with it on the other end, and that can be costly and time-consuming when you're trying to start a new life.

If it has sentimental value, take a picutre, or keep one of a collection, get rid of the rest. Just do whatever it takes to get rid of the crap! Believe me, regardless of what you do, you will still have way too much on the other end.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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Sorry for the double post, but if you've got nearly new books, there are some websites where you can type the ISBN number (the number by the barcode) and they search for comapnies buying books. You might be able to sell them that way. The books might not go for very much, but you caould use the money to help pay for the move.

Just type in "sell books online" into any search engine and a whole bunch of sites will come up.
Good idea! These were mostly best sellers and probably would have gone for a decent amount! I'll check that out next time.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Smithfield, NC
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I have slowly giving things away. Made lists of things I want to take and things I will leave. I spent a good few hours reading these boards on the difference between U-Haul and Penske (Penske) seems to be the winner and debating if I should let someone move all my stuff and either drive or fly and have my car with the rest of the stuff. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:52 PM
 
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I'm having a garage sale on Saturday and I'll be trying to get rid of stuff on Craigslist this week too.
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Smithfield, NC
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I'm having a garage sale on Saturday and I'll be trying to get rid of stuff on Craigslist this week too.
I noticed your status. Congratulations on the job. Does that mean you are not moving?
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