Posts Tagged ‘moving’


I’m moving to Arizona tomorrow!

This morning I woke up at 6:30am, and I’ve been on the go all day.

Had to run more stuff to the storage unit — NOW it’s full.

Had to buy more cleaning supplies.  While I was at the store I bought the 50th anniversary edition of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  I’m on a Beatles kick again since SiriusXM started broadcasting their Beatles channel.  Looking forward to listening to the CD and the channel during my drive.

And, I started cleaning the apartment, and cleaning, and cleaning.  I still have some to do in the bathroom and bedroom.  That will have to wait until morning.  And then once everything’s in the car or the trash, one more go at the carpet with the vacuum.  Then that goes in the trash, too.  Unfortunately, I won’t have room for it in the car.



So today I loaded up the van, first thing, then I loaded up the car with my Goodwill donations.  Drove the car over to Goodwill and dropped off the stuff.  Came home.

Then I drove the van over to the animal shelter and gave them a cat tower and cubby thingy, courtesy of my kitties (they will get new stuff to climb on in Arizona).  Then I took the last (or so I thought) of my things to the storage unit.  Surprisingly, even though there was a lot in the unit, I’d been fairly efficient packing it.  Even though there was a lot in it, there was still room.  Which is good.  After getting back, I realized I’d forgotten to take a small dresser.  I’ll have to go back tomorrow.

After finishing up at the storage unit, I returned the U-Haul van.

Then I had shredding to take care of.  I loaded up my fifty pounds of documents/mail and took it to Staples.  After paying the person behind the counter about $50 to leave my stuff there, I asked him if I could start throwing the stuff in the shred bin.  He said I could leave it with him, and he’d take care of it — sorry, the reason a person shreds things is the person doesn’t want other folks to see there business.  I declined, but then found the bin was already full.  There was definitely no room for my two boxes worth.  The attendant had to fetch an empty bin, and hovered around while I dropped stuff in.  I’m sure he was just trying to be helpful, but a paranoid person would think he’d been trying to get information for an identity theft ring.  Sorry, Staples counter attendant, you’ll not get any information from me!

Now I’m home, doing another load of laundry, trying to clean enough to make another suitable box to donate to Goodwill before they close.

I start cleaning the apartment tonight for the move-out inspection.


Man, I had so much stuff I felt the junk truck wouldn’t be able to hold everything I needed to get rid of.  Always trust your gut feelings — I decided to take a bunch of boxes and items to the local Goodwill and Salvation Army.  Goodwill wouldn’t take baby gates, so those went down the street.  Funny, someone else was thinking just like me.  I wondered whether Salvation Army would take baby gates, and saw three in the bins.  So I added four.  Oh yeah, the snow shovel in the car?  There was a snow shovel in the bins, so I brought mine in.

The junk truck came by at about 11am, just ahead of the deluge.  The crew tried racing the weather so the load wouldn’t get wet — they try donating the stuff they get.  When the rain started, the crew leader said they probably wouldn’t be able to get anyone to accept anything because it was wet.  Damned mother nature!  Well, my gut feeling turned out to be right.  The truck was packed tight.  If I’d kept the stuff I’d unloaded earlier in the morning, everything wouldn’t have fit.

After the truck left, I worked on another load of stuff for Goodwill — yes, I still had stuff!  Went to Goodwill, then I returned home to start moving boxes and items around as to where they’ll be going in the morning. Some for storage that pile is getting big.  I’m seriously concerned I won’t have enough room in the unit for everything.  I’ve got some stuff for the local cat shelter.  And yes, even more for Goodwill.

Rented another U-Haul van.

Decided to take a break, and went to the local drive-in for one last show.  Saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.  Didn’t stick around to see Guardians of the Galaxy for the third time though.

After coming home, I inflated the air mattress I’d set aside and arranged the boxes I’m taking to Arizona around the bedroom to use as furniture.


Spent the day packing and getting things ready for the junk truck, since I got the day off.

Took the cats to the vet for boarding.  Big kitty sounded so forlorn, like I was leaving him there for good.

Returned the Google fiber box, too.  That means no more TV until Tuesday night when the cats and I are in our motel room in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  Made sure to pack the Roku boxes in a moving box I’m taking in the car with me.  I want access to my streaming channels as soon as my internet is hooked up at the new house in Arizona.

johnny five

Five days until I leave for Arizona.  Today was my last day working at the main office (my manager gave me the day off tomorrow to take care of more moving tasks).  The more I pack, the more stuff I end up setting aside for storage.  I’ve had to reserve another U-Haul van for this weekend.  The storage unit is going to be packed to the ceiling, I’m sure.

Tomorrow I need to take a bunch of papers to Staples for shredding (though I have a shredder, the amount of paper I have for it would have me shredding for days).  I have a box of non-perishable foods to donate.  The cats go to the vet for the weekend.  And of course, there’s more packing to do.