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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

Coal Creek Farm on Facebook

The Chicken Doctor

April

The Architect

Clay

Packing


I’m still packing.

One of my friends calls me nearly everyday and asks, “What are you doing?” When I reply, “Packing” she’s stunned and confused and even asked, “Why?” Tomorrow when she calls I think I might say, “Oh, you know the same ol’ same ol’…..PACKING DAMMIT, why don’t you stop calling and get yo’ butt over here and help me!”
I do have one friend that can’t stop helping me. She even bought me a new mop and demonstrated how to use it on my kitchen floor. I told her I didn’t quite understand how it works and asked if she could come back tomorrow and show me again. You know what? I think she probably will, she’s very sweet….and gullible, I think I might find a box to pack her in tomorrow while she’s mopping.
It’s not easy finding boxes to fit all the stuff, but Wal-Mart has come through for me. Although, I’m having a bit of trouble stomaching that some of my kitchen items are packed in a large Depends box. I know, I know, it’s not like my plates are wearing used Depends, it’s just…just…just kitchen plates and Depends don’t belong that close together.
I have decided one thing through this whole process. I will do everything in my power never to move again. NEVER. I can’t believe how much work it takes to move my family. It wouldn’t be so bad if we were moving across town and could make multiple trips if everything didn’t fit in the first truck. But when all the crap I own has to fit in a 26′ truck and I only get one shot to fit it all in, well, I have found myself repacking the contents of an entire box to make one more thing fit in it. It’s all about space efficiency.
And during this whole process life keeps going. Everybody keeps doing what they always do and they have no consideration for me wanting to tell my friend, “I’m done packing!” I still have to do all the school stuff, house work, feed the kids, blah, blah, blah. I would very much like everyone to freeze for a few days so I can get this house packing finished once and for all. No more eating, no more getting toys out, no more laundry, no more messing up the bathroom. Just stop! You know what the ridiculous part of this is? Next week I’ll be whining about the unpacking!
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