A week ago when J signed his re-enlistment paper I started making a list of all the things that we needed to do for this move to Georgia. It has been almost five years since my last move.
I need to unclutter the closets and give away, donate, throw out quite a few things. I'm pretty good about doing a bit of this several times a year but there were things that at the time I felt like I couldn't part with that just have to go.
Anything that is flammable the movers won't ship or store so it has to be given away or taken with J and I on the almost 3,000 mile journey. Considering we own a small SUV anything I can live without has to go. J has been told he needs to use up the ammunition he has as I'm not bringing it across the country in hot weather, not again! I did that last move because there was no place that I could leave the ammunition while he was in Korea or a place for me to spend it.
I'm slowly going through the pantry and refrigerator. I'm not buying food items unless we really need them. Especially condiments. Why have some of our limited weight for shipment taken up on non-perishable food items even if the Commissary is having a great sale on them. I'll deal with the disposal of the perishable food items when the time comes.
The same goes for all cleaning products. I actually haven't bought any in almost two years. The survey company I work for loves to send me full sized products to test. My neighbors that move also like to give me all their leftover cleaning supplies too. I might take some laundry detergent with me but will be about it.
J and I have way too many books. While I managed to give away four boxes of books over the holidays, not as gifts, but just "here have a book", J has still to go through his bookcase, which is double stacked of books, and give any away. Piling them in a bag and letting it sit there for a month does not show to me that you are wanting to get rid of them.
We currently have three televisions. One of which is not hooked up to anything and just sits in a closet. I told J it has to go. He said he would take care of it. It is still in the closet.
There is just so much stuff around here that has to go. I can't see wasting valuable weight with such a small weight limit to stuff that we can replace. I think last I saw we were allowed to ship 8,000 pounds of household goods. Look around you at your domicile and tell me if you could fit all your stuff into just a 8,000 pound limit. Hard to do. If he was higher ranking he'd be allowed more weight to ship.
For now I'm going to go finish up a few projects related to the move so that I can check them off my list and get another one or two started. Moving with the military is never easy but I'm getting too old to do a DITY move.
Hoping this next move will go more smoothly without the crew being so dense.