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Old 04-26-2016, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Popcorn - with the help of a good friend we packed 137 boxes. The first 75 were relatively easy, then the fun began. We watched a lot of you tube videos on how to pack, but it was still a lot of work. We used "dish packs" from Uhaul for the dishes. We'll see how well they hold up when they get to my new place I'm not sure what the savings were, but I would like to think that our efforts created a savings of some sort.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Popcorn - with the help of a good friend we packed 137 boxes. The first 75 were relatively easy, then the fun began. We watched a lot of you tube videos on how to pack, but it was still a lot of work. We used "dish packs" from Uhaul for the dishes. We'll see how well they hold up when they get to my new place I'm not sure what the savings were, but I would like to think that our efforts created a savings of some sort.
You'd be amazed at the savings by doing it yourself. Tricks of the trade:

Every single thing is wrapped in pounds of paper - this means more $$$ for packing supplies including more boxes and more truck space.

I moved from Mpls, MN to Denver and then back again with company transfers. I found a playing card - you know those paper cards - wrapped in about 5 big sheets of paper. I should have just been put in any box - a paper card can't break and can't break anything else.

I decided to go through wads of paper that I thought I had originally found nothing in and found other things like a small glass pebble you use to put in clear vases for decoration - wrapped in gobs of paper.

Everything was overkill. A bottle of dish soap again wrapped in gobs of paper.

I will never have them pack again.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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The Minimalists- Living More With Less

I'd like to see their film

Learning to be happy with less with the 'Minimalists' - The Boston Globe
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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You'd be amazed at the savings by doing it yourself. Tricks of the trade:

Every single thing is wrapped in pounds of paper - this means more $$$ for packing supplies including more boxes and more truck space.

I moved from Mpls, MN to Denver and then back again with company transfers. I found a playing card - you know those paper cards - wrapped in about 5 big sheets of paper. I should have just been put in any box - a paper card can't break and can't break anything else.

I decided to go through wads of paper that I thought I had originally found nothing in and found other things like a small glass pebble you use to put in clear vases for decoration - wrapped in gobs of paper.

Everything was overkill. A bottle of dish soap again wrapped in gobs of paper.

I will never have them pack again.
My father was career Army Officer back in the day when we moved almost every 2 years. The Army movers did all the packing and unpacking so my mother had no idea how much work was involved in moving until she had to actually do it herself. THEN the first time she had to do it all herself she finally understood why people complained about having to move. She liked to tell the story about a move from Japan back to the states when she discovered the movers actually dumped the contents of a full ashtray into multiple sheets of paper, wrapped it up and taped it shut.
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Old 05-04-2016, 01:03 PM
 
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Sometimes I think about all the money I spent buying all the crap I now don't want that I've gotten rid of and still have to get rid of and wish I had that money back, but I just try not to think about that.
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Popcorn - with the help of a good friend we packed 137 boxes. The first 75 were relatively easy, then the fun began. We watched a lot of you tube videos on how to pack, but it was still a lot of work. We used "dish packs" from Uhaul for the dishes. We'll see how well they hold up when they get to my new place I'm not sure what the savings were, but I would like to think that our efforts created a savings of some sort.
They must be a really good friend to help with that much packing.

I thought this thread was about downsizing, what is in all those boxes? Seems like a lot.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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137 boxes is nothing when you consider what I started with. It's all relative.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Sometimes I think about all the money I spent buying all the crap I now don't want that I've gotten rid of and still have to get rid of and wish I had that money back, but I just try not to think about that.
Most of us, after we age a bit, have the same thoughts. "What the hell was I thinking."
I think I rationalized I could pass some of it down to my loving kids but said loving kids think it is a joke and want nothing to do with it. I have a beautiful collection of Christopher Radko Christmas Tree Ornaments, along with Swarovski Crystal Ornaments and handblown ornaments and wouldn't you know it--both grown kids are now avowed atheist. Never saw that coming!
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:43 AM
 
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My father was career Army Officer back in the day when we moved almost every 2 years. The Army movers did all the packing and unpacking so my mother had no idea how much work was involved in moving until she had to actually do it herself. THEN the first time she had to do it all herself she finally understood why people complained about having to move. She liked to tell the story about a move from Japan back to the states when she discovered the movers actually dumped the contents of a full ashtray into multiple sheets of paper, wrapped it up and taped it shut.
I moved a couple of times with the Air Force and I would never move myself! Ever. It is a lot of work.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:06 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I was once in the process of moving within my city. It is really hard work. One of our friends, bless her, handed me a tenner (long time ago) and told me to go to the movies. I was so frazzled that I did. Returned to find that she'd packed, moved, unpacked, AND put to rights the entire kitchen! What a gift!!!
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