For those with sensitive ears: I apologize in advance.
The word “crap” is going to be used an awful lot in this post, I suspect. Why? Because over the course of a few years I’ve accumulated a lot of it. And now that we’re moving from a 2,400 square-foot, 5-bedroom house to a 1,300 square-foot, 3-bedroom townhouse the crap has become readily apparent.
So to put your mind at ease – we’re just moving from Grandview to Lees Summit. There is nothing wrong, and we’ll still be around here. I’ll just have a bit longer drive to partake in each day, but since we have a kiddo with autism (Caleb) and Lees Summit schools are ranked #1 in terms of autism support in the state of Missouri…there you go. This past school year has been particularly challenging with him, so we’re looking to move to a school district that is better equipped to help.
That being said, where we’re moving to doesn’t reduce the amount of crap I have.
It’s a lot.
Even after looking at minimizing my stuff last year I still have a lot of crap. Useless stuff; at least now it’s useless. I have a Sony Handycam video camera purchased probably 7 or 8 years ago. Used: once. It’s for sale. I have dozens of books never read. For sale. A Sony A100 I kept when I bought my Nikon. For sale. CDs: for sale. Inkjet printer: for sale. Laptop: for sale. Games: for sale. You get the idea. Lots of stuff.
And clothes. I thought I was doing awesome earlier this year when I pared down my wardrobe. Yeah, not so much. Until this morning, that is, when I went through all my clothes and narrowed it down to basically enough for a week. That’s it. So if I forget to do laundry I’m coming to work in slippers and pajamas. Or I’m heading to Starbucks in shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter. Or something equally as disturbing.
I qualify all this as “crap” because it’s taking up space and not serving any real purpose any more…except to make me feel better that maybe sometime in the next few years I might need it. That’s a safety net I really don’t need.
So I’ve made a decision. When I sell the house there are a number of things that will stay with the house as part of the package. All the appliances. The riding mower. The HDTV. The table saw. All our yard stuff. The server rack. All the wi/fi, routers and switches we use to bring data to the house. And other stuff. Assuming, of course, the people purchasing it want it (if not I’ll toss it on craigslist).
OK, that’s the end of my rant for the day. I’m spending tomorrow packing (headed to Vegas, baby!), doing the Mothers Day thing and consolidating with this goal in mind: I want everything I own (save for major furniture like beds, dining room table, sofa, etc.) to be able to fit comfortably in the back of my car. Is that reasonable? No doubt – it’s easily reasonable, because the less crap I have the less my mind goes to it and the less cluttered, well, my life is. That’s a good thing. I’m not intending on living out of my car – just want to have the peace of mind that I’m not storing bunches of stuff I don’t need, and the back of my HHR is a pretty decent size to use as a gauge, I think.
Side note: if you know anyone looking for a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house with 2,400 square feet of living space, a basement, 2-car garage and nice large yard – put them in touch with me. We’ve done some upgrades in the last few years (new carpet, a new roof, new gutters, new kitchen, new paint, etc.). It’s not in the Kansas City school district, so you don’t have to worry about the “hey, we’re closing a bunch of our schools” thing. And since it’s not in Kansas City proper (although it’s about a quarter-mile – if that – from Kansas City addresses) you’re not subject to the 1% Kansas City tax which is, basically, getting a 1% raise just for moving out of KC. Can’t argue with that!
Signing off to go deal with more crap.