I’m drinking warm tea from the very first mug I bought myself. I got it from a dollar store and it has a photo of a Golden Retriever wearing glasses. I remember feeling that the mug represented adulthood. I was finally living in an apartment, not my parents’ home that was already stocked with drinking ware or a dorm room where there was no room for dishes. It has survived over 10 moves and now resides in the community cabinet at my workplace. I share it with my coworkers and today it sits on my desk and it makes me smile that it has been a companion to me as I wade deeper into the trenches of adulthood for over a decade. The CEO has told me it’s one of his favorite mugs.
The first couch I owned was originally my parents’. My boyfriend in college tackled me onto the couch and broke one of the legs. It survived two years in my living room with a stack of textbooks as stand-in for the missing leg. It was my couch the first time I lived on my own sans roommates. It was the place I moped and watched a ton of movies. It was the couch I had when I experienced my first heartbreak by the same boyfriend who helped me break it. It was the first couch my younger brother ever experienced. I have photos of myself kissing my new baby brother on that couch. It was a piece of my childhood offering somewhere to rest when I was on my own for the first time.
Today, I’m newly moved into an apartment and we are without a couch. I had sold most of my furniture when I moved in with the ex. Cohabitation with lovers can be very bad for furniture. Living without a couch has made me wistful for that three-legged ugly couch.
I know years from now I will remember coming home to my current apartment. Seeing my friend and new roommate on the floor. Both of us laying on the hardwood floors and exhaling from a long work day. Earlier this week the pizza delivery guy knocked and she got up and I remained motionless, flat on my back in the middle of the floor. The pizza guy peered over Ashley’s shoulder and laughed. “Is she okay?” Laughter. “We just moved.” I will remember our first night together sitting on the floor and watching Youtube videos of romantic proposals. Her eating candy corn, me eating cereal. “Ready to watch other people be happy?”
When we look back at the moments we thought we were just merely making do with what we have, we’ll learn with the rosy tint of hindsight, that we were in fact very rich.
I’ve moved eleven times since 2001 which makes me a bit of packing expert. In fact, I’m gearing up for another move in just three more months. Here’s a list of eight packing tips that have made my life easier when it comes to moving.
Eight Packing Tips to Make Your Move Easier
Start collecting boxes a couple of months before your move-out date. The last 5 years, I worked in places where we get many shipments and I started to hoard the boxes a couple of months prior to my move-out date. Prior to that, I would check with friends who recently moved or grocery stores.
Right before a move is a good time to declutter, sell, and make donations. The more you get rid of, the less you have to pack. Go through your closet and start taking out what you’ll never wear again. Sell what you can and gift or donate the rest. If you make some cash, maybe you can save it towards your moving expenses!
If you keep your shoes in shoe boxes like I do, you can use the dead space in your shoe boxes to store knick knacks. Just remember to open each box to check for stowaways when you begin the unpacking process.
Find extra padding. I keep a lookout for free bubble wraps as I collect my boxes but they are a bit harder to find for free. I make up for the lack of bubble wrap by being creative. Dirty laundry make great padding for fragile items. T-shirts, kitchen and bathroom rugs, and towels can serve as cushion. Just be sure to launder and clean as you pack and unpack! I have used newspapers, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, rugs, purses, sheets, stuffed animals, pillows as cushions for my breakables.
Label everything. I know this is an obvious one but I’ve witnessed friends not labeling what are in each box they packed and I wondered why they did that to themselves. I even label the box of randoms. I’ll bullet list what random objects I have in the miscellaneous boxes.
Start packing at least a month before moving out. Everyone has more stuff than he or she realizes.
Use your storage. I pack jewelry into zippered compartments in my handbags. (I also leave a note on the moving box in which these bags are stored with a reminder to check the handbag compartments.) I use the compartments in backpacks. I even use tupperware to hold the smaller bits. For example, I packed kitchen magnets in tupperware containers. I also packed silverware in clean tupperware containers. That way, I could just unload the silverware and not worry about washing them.
Flatten and store as many moving boxes as you can after you’ve unpacked. This will give you a head start for your next move.
I know moving is a pain but I hope these suggestions make it easier for you. Good luck and enjoy your new home!
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For those without video capabilities, I like to do my grooming in private (plucking, pore strips, teeth whitening strips, and nail clipping) and also I revert to lots of Korean ramen when I eat at home by myself. There’s a bonus bit for those who can watch.
Today’s VEDA (Vlog Every Day in August) topic is to talk about some of our controversial beliefs.
Last week I got my sketchbook from Sketch Book Project 2012 in the mail. The dust from the move hasn’t settled and we’re gearing up for a vacation but I cannot wait to get started. This will be my 2nd year participating. Here’s the post I did about SKP touring Austin in March (with links to some of my sketches).
My Sketchbook and Me during Austin Tour, March 2011
Vancouver in 6 days! What’s on the agenda there? So far nothing!
We didn’t have hot water til Wednesday. We still don’t have internet or cable but here’s hoping (for real this time) we’ll get them Sunday.
This week’s moments of bliss: ♥ every time I flatten a box and put it outside our apartment to be picked up ♥ trash valet Sundays – Thursdays ♥ the first hot shower after not having hot water for 4 days ♥ admitting that it was worth the money to have a cleaning lady do the last clean of my old apartment ♥ data plan ♥ Alan surprising me with True Blood ♥ phone calls to my BFF freaking out and her reassuring that what I’m freaking out about is normal ♥ watching Alan kill a fly ♥ seeing Brandi twice in one week despite moving 30 minutes further away ♥ making a healthy slow-cooker meal ♥ making it through last weekend and this week
Planning this vlog was the most fun I’ve had in my history of making vlogs. I came up with this list with my BFF and I totally manipulated the reasoning behind each stereotype for 4 of the 5 people in my Breakfast Club. The one that actually fits the stereotype was not even my choice but my BFF’s substitute. I chose Michael Jordan for my jock and she instantly balked, “What are you, 40?!” She exchanged him for Kevin Garnett, a basketball player for the Celtics who is just as good looking and bald.
So here’s my Breakfast Club.
Jock = Kevin Garnet (only legit answer)
Princess = Ryan Gosling (He’s really not a princess in attitude as far as I can tell, but he sure is pretty!)
Brain = Bill Clinton (I think he’s so sexy and would love to have him in my BC. So if charisma and saxophone playing count for intelligence, then he is my Brain.)
Criminal = Anthony Bourdain (What? LSD and cocaine are illegal.)
Basket Case = Eric Northman (He’d normally be classified as the Criminal but he’s currently a basket case in True Blood because he lost all his memory.)
Today’s VEDA (Vlog Every Day in August) topic is what we wish someone had told us. I also tacked on my first walk through of the apartment I’m moving into TOMORROW. (Don’t ask me if I’m close to done packing.)
I wish someone had told me a BA in Philosophy is useless and a BA in Biology is only slightly useful. I wish someone had told me a minor is CS isn’t quite useful either because it’s not deep enough. I wish someone had told me to major in CS or in engineering.
I slacked on posting the VEDA videos from yesterday and day before. You can catch them on my channel. Or! Here are the individual links: We talked about TV shows (♥ Sex and the City, True Blood, Ally Mcbeal) and things we’re awful at doing.
I was in stitches discussing the Breakfast Club in Take 1 with BFF. Here are some snippets of our conversation. (Broken into two takes)
Me: Michael Jordan for jock!
BFF: No. NO!
Me: I love black and bald!
BFF: What are you, 40?
Me: Michael Jordan!? He’s perfect. He’s hot. Space Jam! Hello!?
* * *
Me: Oprah can be my princess. She’s TV royalty. She’s more a queen
but lets downgrade her.
BFF: What happened to Gosling? Are you kicking him out?
Me: He’s the hottie. Is there a hotite? No hottie?
BFF: There’s no hottie.
Me: NO HOTTIE?
Re: Ally McBeal as a basket case.
Me: I don’t like her. I just relate to her. Hmm. This says something.
* * *
BFF: Eric Northman, Ryan Gosling, Bill Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, and Kevin Garnett
Me: Can I tell Youtube I might need a change of undies?
I’m moving tomorrow at 8 am. I’m not nearly done packing so it might be another late night tonight. There are things I’m going to miss. Living close to most of my local girl friends. It’s really fun to drive just a few minutes and be able to sit in front of the TV with Brandi. I had some great friends who didn’t have to drive too far even though they live just north outside Austin. I’m going to miss my library and seeing Deesh’s brother who works at that branch every other week. I’m going to miss my gas station cashier.
However, I’m also looking forward to starting a new chapter. I’ve only lived with one male roommate ever, and it was Alan. We lived together as platonic friends so it’s kind of neat to now live with him as a boyfriend. I’ve never done this before but I’m excited to learn and grow.
This week’s moments of bliss: ♥ helping Alan pack up his apartment, the conversations and bossing him around were super fun ♥ conversation with my BFF coming up with my Breakfast Club companions ♥ conversation with my coworkers who called me out on stretching all the stereotypes for my Breakfast Club just to have dreamy men around me ♥ email from Brandi reminding me to be selfish sometimes ♥ smartphone! ♥ coffee ♥ waking up 2 hours late and still finding a parking space (typically impossible) and still being on time to work ♥ air conditioning ♥ VEDA ♥ Totes Awesome Channel this week ♥ bubble wrap
Question: Who would you want in your Breakfast Club?
Friday, I spent some quality time with my little from Big Brothers & Big Sisters.
Saturday, I got my oil changed, my transmission fluid flushed, my air filter replaced, my car vacuumed, and tires rotated.
I started packing up my apartment. 7 boxes down!
I wanted to share one of my favorite moving tips. You know the little knick knacks around your apartment? I store my shoes in shoe boxes and there’s a lot of dead space in shoe boxes. Great place for the little knick knacks. Observe.
I also collaborated with my friend, Deesh on a new project.
Finally, I made sure to burn off some steam socializing.
If I were to describe my weekend in one word, I’d pick “productive.”
Question: How would you describe your weekend in one word?