The Chaotic Madness of Moving.

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  1. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    I am finding myself giving back the house I was living in for so many years. The MHA (Make Homes Affordable) plan does not apply to me. Not sure why but thats the way life is going for me at the moment. So anyways on to my post.

    Because we cannot live in the house we are giving back I am forced to move so I've spent most of the week moving and all weekend. My Dad originally purchased the house in 83 and sold it to me in 07. I've been there a good part of my life and as you can guess there are things stored everywhere. I have got to go in the attic yet and in the storage shed behind the house. I've almost have filled up the apartment and still have tons of stuff to go through. The apartment looks like a tornado went through and I cannot find anything. I have forgotten how much stuff we have accumulated over the years. While I have been blessed with some awesome friends and people willing to help us move it has been a very frustrating and saddening occasion. I have been dreading even getting up in the morning and facing this monster challenge that has been set before me.

    So going through this ordeal made me wonder what are the experiences of others out there? I would love to read about your experience and even get some tips for the next time this hellish event comes to me. I've moved in the past but nothing like this. Maybe its the extra added on emotion that has me down and out living in this depth of chaotic madness. It's a piece of my childhood going down the drain very much like it was in reality. ok sorry just rambling now but would love to here of your experiences and how you did it (was it coordinated or chaotic)

  2. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    My experience is every year go through your stuff, if not have touched it in that year, either sell it, give it away, or donate it. Makes life so much easier. If gonna do this for the first time it is hard, but every year after that it is so easy. Keep life simple.:D
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  3. wyndslash

    wyndslash Well-Known Member

    I don't understand why you can't live in the house you paid for?
  4. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    I'm in the process of moving myself, just did the major part yesterday, and a good part of today putting things together and arranging them. Still a lot to do here, plus going back to the old apartment to meet Salvation Army on Tuesday and do the final cleanup. I am so exhausted right now!
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  5. olbriar

    olbriar Moderator Moderator

    I've lived in the same house for forty years now... mostly because I dread moving.
    nuff said
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  6. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    its not paid for. I bought it from my dad in 2007 but the bank has the deed.

    I feel your pain.

    that is a lot easier said then done. I have 2 girls that think they have to keep everything. Then there is the stuff that was being used but wont be needed anymore like lawn equipment.
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  7. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    I know it's easier said than done. You can always thin everything out when moving because then you have the chance to go through it all. As for the lawn stuff have a little yard sale, or just put it out front with it for sale sign on it.
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  8. Skyroket

    Skyroket Well-Known Member

    Sold what was valuable Electronic,furniture,appliances.

    Basically took what's important and the rest donated to goodwill. I don't get why people get attached to things. if it's no use for more than a year give it away or sell it..
  9. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    people hold on when to many valuable things were taken from them when they were younger and they need to have a sense of control now. Or in my daughters case she has asburgers disease and would go into total meltdown. yet others have their own reason such as really don't have time to go through the crap just living and trying to pay the bills is enough but who knows maybe i'm just some crazy lunatic needing to be shot out of his misery.
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  10. Skyroket

    Skyroket Well-Known Member

    i once had a family member.. well i do she's alive but i didn't see her for a long time. And she also talked about valuable things were taken from her when she was a child. She's 52 Right now last time i saw her when she was 42.. and her room looked like a storage the rest of her house was ok! I hope she didn't turn into Hoarder.
  11. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    yeah i went to school in santa barbara. i ended up living there for over ten years in one house with the same roomates. when we all decided that we needed to move on, you should have seen the crap we all collected. we ended up getting rid of it by yard sale, goodwill, and finally the dump.

    i hate moving. i really do not envy you argedion.

    just remember when moving stuff to lift with your legs and not your back. i learned that lesson when i moved. i'm still paying for that lesson now:(
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  12. wyndslash

    wyndslash Well-Known Member

    oh, i see. good luck :( that's really sad, though. maybe hire some movers and packers to help?
  13. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    When my mother got bum-rushed out of her home of 15 years and got put in a nursing home, I was given exactly 30 minutes to collect my personal possessions and three lifetimes of memories: pictures, keepsakes etc. ( My dad died when I was 15, and my mom had already thrown out most of his stuff, so it was up to me to save the last vestiges.) With so many things and so little time (they had the cops on site to arrest me if I stayed one minute longer), I did more physical work in a half hour since I did something called "the Russian train" when I was a competitive swimmer. I was in pain for a week afterwards!

    Be grateful that you have the time you have, and use it wisely. There's nothing like a looming deadline to help a person decide what's really important to them. You'd be amazed by how little can get along with, and how much stuff that you couldn't imagine not having before and don't even miss afterwards.
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  14. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    Just and Update. :)

    We have most of the stuff moved and are finding places for it in the new home. I am going over to the old house tomorrow to do some more cleaning up, and gathering more stuff. Still have to go through the attic and the shed. I am feeling much better than I was when I OP'ed the thread. I don't like chaos :) and a messy house with boxes all over the place yells it. Thanks to all of you that have participated in the thread I hope more will get their moving stories out there for us to read and maybe even offer a word of encouragement and some advice.
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  15. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    That's good news! Looks like you're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, argedion.

    If you hate "boxes all over" you'll want to steer clear of my place. I never manage to get fully moved in, and due to the nature of my business I have tons of gear packed up and ready to roll at a minute's notice. My home looks like a cross between backstage at a rock concert, a UPS shipping depot and the set of Mythbusters. One day...
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