Archive | May 2015

Packing to Move

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I love seeing new locations, I love the idea of a new job…learning something new, love meeting new people, but I absolutely H-A-T-E packing.

When I arrived in Vegas, I  had a car crammed full of stuff. There was no room for a 2nd person in my car and I had a hard time seeing out the back window because of all my stuff. Now to pack up and leave with just a small carry-on bag and a small box to mail out means most of my stuff will be given to my roomie or thrown in the trash.

I already know basically what I am taking with me, so why is this task so hard. I go through this almost everytime I move. Packing up literally makes me paralyzed. Hell if I was watching anyone else go through this, I could easily walk into the room with huge trash bags and order them around like a military drill sergeant until everything was packed. I know I could because I have actually done that years ago. But now I have been sitting here for the last 5 days doing nothing…the sofa is cluttered with my stuff, I have more stuff out on the patio.  Oooh I get to scream at myself in my imagination telling myself what I “should be doing” but I just can’t seem to get off my lazy ass and actually do it. The rare times I don’t get mentally paralyzed from packing/moving…is when I own almost nothing to really pack.

Solution: stop shopping!!! I just have to learn not to buy anything. Except food & bathroom supplies because neither of those will stick around very long. But I need to stop buying clothes, books, & stupid little trinkets. Hopefully I remember this after I get to Mt.Rushmore. The only thing I really need to buy this Summer is a battery & memory card for my Big camera.

I know the minute I am done packing and heading to the airport…I will feel better,  relaxed. I leave a week from today, so I guess I just need o get through 7 days of stress.

Minimalist Packing List

You would think as many times as I have moved around that packing would be easy to do. Well maybe someday if I learn to stop shopping, when I get to a spot,  then packing might become a piece-of-cake. Hopefully I can get all this stuff packed so it fits and I don’t have any hassle at the airport. For some reason I feel I have to many clothes. LOL

Mostly I hate carrying a bunch of heavy bags, so I will only have 1 big purse & 1 carry-on. I do plan on mailing a small box on ahead though. The airline charged $16 for the carry-on luggage.

So far this is what I got:

Small box to mail: sheets, 2 bath towels & 2 washcloths, belt, hiking boots, safety shoes for work, hoodie, Pj’s, small camera, and need to see if my small pillow will fit..if not I will leave pillow for my roomie.

Purse: Laptop  & cords, wallet with my cards &  I.D. stuff, sudoku puzzle book, cell phone & charger, lip balm & gum (can’t fly without it)

Carry-on luggage:  vitamins, tums, noxema, hairbrush, hairclips & bandana, nail clippers, hat, 3 pair of pants, 1 pair of long shorts, 2 t-shirts, 1 tank top, 3 long sleeve shirts, 1 long sleeve button down blouse, socks, panties, headlamp, Big envelope with paperwork, & stuff for my big digital camera (camera will be around my neck when I board the plane), and need to see if my travel mug will fit.

I have been trying to call the HR dept this morning to see what I actually “need” to bring. If I don’t need something then I can live without it and don’t want to take up space in my luggage. I am getting excited about getting into the swing of this seasonal work again. Just have to keep telling myself that I will be moving every 3-6 months so I need to keep my list of belongings short enough so it all fits in 1 bag.

I know lots of people who would go crazy living with my tiny list of belongings. But I go crazy trying to pack & move with all their stuff too. Just thinking of packing up a normal size closet would give me an anxiety attack and take me a month to finish packing.

Car-less & Moving Again

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Quite a bit has happened the last few months, that I have not blogged about. I lost my car twice…this last time, it was repoed because while it was gone the 1st time I was having a hard time getting work assignments from the temp agency. Without the work, I was unable to pay for the car.

No, I ain’t getting the car back. I had gone over 10 years without a car before I had even bought this car last year. So I have plenty of practice being car-less. I now don’t have to worry about the price of gas, getting a flat tire, paying for insurance or parking space anywhere.  Being car-less, is also making me rethink about the other stuff I own. Everything I owned fit into my car, which is where I was keeping most of  it, the whole time I have been in Vegas. Seeing as I have been crashed out on my friend’s sofa I did not have my own room. She owns a dog who will chew up anything..she has chewed & ruined my blankets, my work shoes & socks, a comb, and my mom’s hoodie. So it was just safer to keep stuff in the car.

On June 5th, I am flying out to South Dakota to work at Mt.Rushmore. The airline I will be on, allows 1 carry-on along with my purse…luckily my laptop fits in my purse. Most people would freak out and declare it impossible to live with such a small amount of stuff. But I have always said that having a minimal amount of stuff makes life easier. You have less laundry to do & use less laundry soap, You can get by with smaller closets and/or bureaus, less stuff to keep track of, and a whole lot easier to move again when this Summer job is over.

So as long as I have the laptop, cellphone, wallet & all my I.D. items in my purse, camera around my neck, and black pants, black socks & work shoes that are required, along with my coat so I don’t freeze in South Dakota, then I will be able to survive anywhere. Actually I might mail my work shoes & hiking boots on ahead. I need to make sure that my carry-on luggage will fit.

Now you can find quite a few blogs on the subject of “minimalism/ minimalist lifestyle”, or a few years go there was a challenge going around in the minimalist world about owning only 100 items. I think I will have the beat by a long shot.  About the only thing I really see me buying this Summer is a tablet because my died on me. I like the tablet for games when I am bored and for all the free books I downloaded onto it. Real books are nice but sooo hard to carry around on a bus or plane. But with a tablet you can travel with a few hundred books that fit in your purse.