You can’t take it with you

In my post announcing my new job and move to upstate New York I mentioned that I’ve never really moved. I’ve changed residences and gone from childhood home to dorm and then to an apartment with a few roommates. Then I didn’t leave because I was still working or going to school at  the same place. I even got an award highlighting my residency. 

Gag award from 2004 - kinda painfully true

That was only six years in Westwood. Eleven years later, I’m finally leaving and it’s not easy in any way, but I’ll focus on logistics.

Since I’ve been at apartment since 2000, I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. I’ve done a couple of purges, the last being when Sean moved in and I wanted it to feel like our place rather than my place.

While I have lots of stuff, I don’t have much practical knowledge of how to move. I’ve been doing a lot of googling and bugging the company my job referred me to for relocation services. Sean did the cross country move once and he knew a couple of things:

1. It’s not cheap.

2. Purge, purge, purge. Because #1.

We are in the middle of #2 because we received our [discounted] move quote and had major sticker shock. I’m fairly certain our household goods cost less than the price of moving them.

We are discarding older furniture that isn’t worth moving and selling some of the stuff that is in better shape. Xavi gets to keep his furniture and is doing less purging.

Up for grabs

We are also trying to lighten our load by giving away or selling books. 

Up for grabs: mainly fiction. This list was longer but my teacher friends had first dibs.

Education and sociology: I bought a lot of books during grad school. I shudder to think of what was spent versus what I actually read. These aren’t all up for grabs as I’m keeping those focused on methodology and student development.

Chicana and Chicano Studies books: some of these are banned in Arizona schools!

Sean's up for grabs books

Sean pulled some books too, but they’re not on GoodReads.
If you’re local and want a couple of books or know of a good place to donate, let me know. 


5 thoughts on “You can’t take it with you

  1. Five years after my second cross country move and I’m sure I’m still paying off the cost of Va to Ca and back again. I went with one of those boxy storage moving services (Door 2 Door) and limited my use to only one box. That was pretty damn tough and required me to leave my nice couch behind. 🙂 Hope the move goes smoothly!

  2. Books! Whee!! Except my house is pretty small with an ever-growing presence of baby things.

    Maybe you can sell to The Last Bookstore?

    Must be pretty crazy to have to pick and choose belongings like that. My parents moved out of their place after 20 years, and the stuff… ohh, the stuff.

  3. This is so exciting! I remember doing this when I moved to San Francisco, 1/5th of the distance you’re making to NY. I will do my best to try and keep in touch, I want to hear about your stories and new adventures! 🙂 And I’ll take some books, too. haha!

  4. Sandra says:

    I hadn’t read your blog in a while and I’m so excited for you and your move across country. I’m sure you will do a fabulous job in your new position. I look forward to reading about your journey. Best wishes!!!

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