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I received a phone call from my storage facility. It appears they are redecorating the building in which I have two storage rooms totaling 10'x 30' of storage space between them. Now they are telling me I need to vacate both of them by September 1. [edit: Since I was given that deadline by telephone on Sunday, I'm now being told that this was incorrect. The actual deadline is August 27th, a full five days earlier. urgh]

Anyone who has been to my house in the past year knows it is unlikely I will be bringing very much of this stuff home, the odd dresser maybe, bookshelves, a sewing machine, some computer components I just can't part with. The rest will have to be moved into another storage room someplace (my facility has none available) or discarded.

There's a *LOT* of good stuff there and "discarded" is not a word I take lightly. I don't have a lot of time. I will show preference to my friends over say "Craig's list" but the lion's share will go to those who actually help me to move stuff. Starting tomorrow I will attempt to locate a storage facility hopefully not too far from my old facility and I will consider hiring movers for the majority of the moving, but there is a lot of loose stuff that deserves sorting and packing just as in a regular house to house move. That's where you may become involved.

I would also like to make space in my living room for some of the bookshelves currently in storage. The plan for this is already worked out and there's almost no actual "lifting" involved, but there is some help I could use to juggle stuff in a timely and efficient manner to clear the needed space.

Here are a few things which off the top of my head have to go soon

I'm strongly considering disposing of one or both of my current sofas, much as I hate to do so, as doing so will significantly reduce pressure on my living room. One of them is entirely wooden construction and currently has no cushions. The other is a more traditional sofa and very sleep-worthy. It smells very slightly of "Cat" from a previous owner, so if you have allergies this couch is not for you. It doesn't actually set off my allergies so I think it is pretty clean. Basically if someone wants either of these I'd sooner give these while the taking is good.

Other things I'm sure I have a slight surplus of is generally working color TV's. Most of them have very minor problems, but then I'm not asking for money, you can have them. I'd prefer you to pick them up. Most if not all are in my storage rooms. I also have at least three 14' VGA monitors (possibly 5 for 6, I've not looked in quite a long time now)

I will be disposing of about a dozen garbage bags of Styrofoam peanut packing stuff at the local shipping facility unless someone wants them first. I don't like to use them if I can avoid them. It is unfortunate that at a time when I must pack up a room full of stuff in so little time I have almost no empty boxes having given them all to a friend who was moving out of state.

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chaosdancer From: chaosdancer Date: July 31st, 2006 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey you - I don't know if I can help take any stuff off your hands, but I'm going to be in the Wash. DC area the weekend of August 18th, if you want to meet up somewhere.
fixx From: fixx Date: July 31st, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't miss an opportunity to finally meet you, although you can expect I will be pretty tired (with an aire of either accomplisment or despair) when you are here. I've added you to the filter that allows you to see all my contact info, address, etc off my info page. Please print all that out and bring a copy with you on your trip. You may need it. Also if you want me to have your cell number you could email it to me.
liandriel From: liandriel Date: July 31st, 2006 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I have the space to take any stuff off your hands, but I'll be happy to help any way I can.
fixx From: fixx Date: July 31st, 2006 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Helping would most likely take the form of rearranging stuff in my house but if I end up having a great moving day one day you could help by being present for that. Most likely given the volume that would be moved and the heat wave I'm thinking I'll really have to go with professional movers though I'm not looking forward to the bill.

You could also prove helpful on days when I'm trying to unload the real junk (not real junk but that which must be junked) from my storage room to the solid waste transfer facility. You could help just loading the trailer.
liandriel From: liandriel Date: July 31st, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy to help. Just let me know in plenty of time to make arrangements for the kiddo.
fixx From: fixx Date: August 1st, 2006 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
If you've been following this thread you know that Sue has offered to help this weekend. This is starting to look like a plan, assuming of course I get the new storage room tomorrow. The trailer certainly ought to be ready by this weekend.

So if you can make yourself available anytime this weekend that would help. Due to the extreme heat I'm hoping to try to do morning hours and evening hours with people in different shifts unless anyone wants to hang around in the daytime while I avoid the outdoors. Sure I could use the help at my house but I suspect I'd rather nap in the day and save my strength for the evening shift.
liandriel From: liandriel Date: August 1st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
This weekend will probably work for me. I don't think I can make the morning, as I'll be taking Mikey to Alexandria; so I guess it's the evening shift for me. Let me know when you'd like me to be there, and I'll make plans with my sister.
liandriel From: liandriel Date: August 1st, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
By "this weekend," I mean "Saturday," of course.
fixx From: fixx Date: August 3rd, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
That works for me. At present I have two volunteers sheduled to help me with the morning shift, 6am until heat or exhaustion stops us, probably no later than 1pm. Then I am assuming they will be too tired for much else.

If they are up to it and want to they can come back to my place, shower, cool off and then go out for sushi on me (there's a sushi place right next to my storage facility and then work again on an evening shift which you can help with if you are willing and able. This assumes however that I'm not still dead from the morning shift.

My advice would be that you call ahead and then coordinate to meet us at my house, the sushi place or the storage facility.
liandriel From: liandriel Date: August 4th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Any idea when you think you might get started again, and how late we'd be working? I understand the need for flexibility; and I'm asking to set anything in stone. But I do need some idea of when I'll be leaving and when I'll be coming back in order to make babysitting plans.

On the bright side, it's supposed to cool off a little this weekend.
mergyeugnau From: mergyeugnau Date: July 31st, 2006 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Boxes you say?

I threw out a whole bunch of mine from the move, but I still have quite a few stored in my basement to which you are welcome. Plus, if I can find a way to get the other 10 that are sitting in my closet unpacked you can have those as well. Do you have a bureau (preferably narrow enough to fit in my bedroom closet) amongst that with which you are planning to part?

I'm also eyeing my living room critically to see how I could fit the wooden sofa, which is very cool indeed. If you can tell me how long it is that would help me figure it out.

In any case you can count me in for a couple of hours of hard labor, particularly with the reorganizing of the living room if that would help.

fixx From: fixx Date: July 31st, 2006 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boxes you say?

The dresser I would consider disposing of is the small white one in my bedroom. It is 30" wide by 18" deep by 31" tall. I've not seen your bedroom closet so I really don't know.

The wooden sofa is 78" long.

Once I have a working trailer again, I can move the couch, the dresser and even the mattress in a single load. Finding people to move all three upstairs before my car gets ticketed is another matter.
presenttense80 From: presenttense80 Date: July 31st, 2006 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey :) The Webb campaign is looking for TV's, Monitors, anything ... so if you want to get rid of stuff, let me know :)
fixx From: fixx Date: July 31st, 2006 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, how do I let you know?

At my house there are probably two or three 14" CRT type VGA monitors which to reduce the space crunch I'm currently facing I'd happily give to anyone willing to carry them out.

At my storage room there are probably 3-4 more which are in even greater need of being carried away as I really do not wish to have to move and store them, as well as two TV's (one in each room) that are in reasonably functional condition. To get them I'd prefer to have you meet me at the storage facility. I really need to edit my post to explain this is a car accessible garage door deal, perfect for loading and unloading.
suecochran From: suecochran Date: July 31st, 2006 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Please e-mail me and we can discuss availability - I'd like to do some of the sorting and packing, but not the shlepping. If you have a dresser, like 3 drawers and not too large, we need one for Matthew. Other than that, I'd like to see what else you have that you're planning to discard. We will be needing bookcases eventually, but right now anything large would have to go into our storage unit - not that that's a bad thing.
fixx From: fixx Date: July 31st, 2006 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I may have just the thing for you then. This is an item I wasn't originally planning to dispose of and for that matter I had been hoping to get money for, but at this point my priorities are a bit strange and as you'd be helping I think you would deserve it.

I have two bookshelf cabinets of some fancy name brand variety. They are identical and NEW IN BOXES never assembled. My mom spent what at the time seemed like some stupid huge amount of money on these before thinking the plan through and then changed her mind.

I don't think I have any more dressers here which I would assume you'd want, but I might simply not be thinking of one... someplace. If or when you are over here you could look at the furniture in the classification of that which I do not really intend to keep. Actually getting some of it out is another matter. Actually, come to think of it, if mergyeugnau decides she cannot use that dresser you might end up with it.

Oh BTW if you still have not a minivan and want one, I recently found what could be a bargain on dodge caravan with what appears to be mostly cosmetic damage of the type that tends to knock the price down a bit. There was no price marked so this suggests they are prepared to negotiate. Let me know if you are interested and I will reply with the phone number by email.
suecochran From: suecochran Date: July 31st, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am intrigued by these "bookshelf cabinets" of which you speak. I definitely want to look through what you've got, because we'll be moving into a larger space and we will be needing more furniture and stuff. We just don't know the time frame yet at this point. I only have my current job through the end of August, after which I'll be a free agent. I have several ideas for stuff I might like to do, but all of them need investigating and intiative.

I've never been to your place - will the sorting and packing be going on there, or at the storage area, or both? Right now I'm only free on weekends. I work M-F 9:30 - 6:30 and that gets me home 7:30-8:00pm, time for a late dinner, some tv or reading, and bed.

We are going on vacation with Gerry's family in Cape Hatteras the second week in August, and the last weekend in August we have plans for (but I think only Friday and part of Saturday will be busy), so I can come for as many hours as you need me on August 5, 6, and some hours on the 12th, and probably the 27th. Let me know if that will work for you.
fixx From: fixx Date: August 1st, 2006 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
My time is pretty flexible, so I will adjust to when others are available. If more than one person is available at once that means there will be more hands, which is usually helpful.

The only given is that most evenings I expect to be trying to do stuff in the non-air conditioned storage rooms and possibly some mornings. Daytime I hope to be napping to save energy for the other times.

(another reason for the napping is the latest medical foul up in my life I've not yet gotten around to ranting about)
travelingtim From: travelingtim Date: July 31st, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where and when? I might be able to bring a mini van to help.
fixx From: fixx Date: August 1st, 2006 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

I've located and reserved a storage room but I've not actaully examined it, that comes tomorrow. There's no point making an update right now until I've examined it and rented it.

I've also purchased a replacement trailer (kit) and I expect to begin consturction tomorrow as well. I'm hoping to be done with the trailer by Thursday I have yet to assess the messes in both storage rooms and decide how much I want to pack, sort, and discard. For the right sort of hardware geek, the sorting stage could be considered "fun".
fixx From: fixx Date: August 1st, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
it is beginning to appear that assuming the rooms and the trailer are a go, that several people may be joining me on Saturday for a move. With so many people on board I'm beginning to wonder if a real moving truck might be wiser. I think not though for a couple of reasons.

First the storage rooms are not all that far apart in miles, quite close actually. The manpower lifting stuff up high into a truck is wasted as compared to into a smaller vehicle or my 4x8 trailer which is barely a foot off the ground.

Best of all, there is no shade.

Let me try that again. Best off all, my little trailer is small enough to fit inside the storage room, which will provide shade both for loading and unloading. Also I hope to have fans set up at each end, providing I don't get lame by then and forget.
browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: July 31st, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow...isn't storage expensive? Barring items of sentimental value, I'd think it would be less expensive (certainly in the long run) to dispose of the stuff one way or another and to simply purchase new ones if you ever need/want that item again.

Of course storage rates here are outrageously expensive, maybe you have more reasonable alternatives. Even so, over time, the cost still builds up...!

Anyway good luck with your project here. Sounds like a lot of unplanned extra work :(

fixx From: fixx Date: August 1st, 2006 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a matter of perspective. In my case storage has been incredibly expensive because I attempted to move from a 10x10 to a 10x20 and then got Lyme disease before I was through. Since my recovery it has been one thing after another and I never took the time to complete to move so I was renting one room for nearly $200 a month and another for over $250 a month, totaling about $450 a month or there about with additional insurance there

After this move is completed my monthly rent will be $185 after insurance, and if I can thin out what I'm storing there sufficiently I can move some stuff I'm storing in my house over to the storage facility making my house roomier. Now you could say that if I got rid of even more stuff I would not need to pay $185/month at all, that this could be called "saving" money, and in a sense you would be correct.

Meanwhile I know people who rent 2 and 3 bedroom apartments so that they can use one of the bedrooms as a "storage room", and when you do the math they aren't exactly saving money, although they appear to have better access to their stuff. I suppose it comes down to what sort of stuff you are storing. If you have stuff which lends itself well to loading and unloading from a car or trailer but not well to going up and down stairs, then my storage room may actually be more convenient.
blackfeather From: blackfeather Date: July 31st, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Perhaps after I finish moving

Since I'm also condensing a lot, I won't probably want much or probably anything from the stuff. But I can help, once the time comes to move from locker to locker. My own move should be finished by the 14th, once I can line up a way to get stuff moved.
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