You know what I mean. You're standing in your kitchen tossing utensils and cans of kidney beans into a box and you come across something you can't imagine bringing to your new place. Maybe it's a half-full box of pasta or a stray teabag. Who knows.
Either way, you're so exhausted that the very prospect of carrying eight ounces of pasta or a half-ounce teabag the thirty feet out to the moving van seems like a serious waste of energy.
I think it happens to everybody, but I'm happy to say that I resisted the temptation to trash everything and start over. Instead, I mustered up the strength, put everything I had into boxes, and moved it all to my new apartment. I didn't toss a single thing out...except for one mostly dead aloe plant that someone ended up rescuing anyway.
And I have to say, moving those extra few boxes really wasn't bad, especially when you consider that I probably saved myself a fair amount of money by keeping those useful things.
Mind you, I did give a lot of clothes and shoes to Goodwill, but I didn't ditch everything in the dumpster.
THIS, I must point out, is more than I can say for the guy who moved out of my building last weekend. I've never seen anything like it. The day he moved out, he scrapped the following:
- a beautiful vintage couch (which got rained on before I could put up an add on Craigslist's free section)
- an antique radio
- a drying rack (this is mine now, I needed one)
- nice wooden hangers
- a bucket (mine now, too)
- a plant stand
- a cooler
- and much, much more
But why be sad? Moving doesn't have to be wasteful because the following resources and organizations can help you make your next move more eco-friendly.
- Freecardboardboxes.com - Connect with people who are giving old moving boxes away.
- Usedcardboardboxes.com - Buy moving boxes that have been rescued from large companies that might otherwise recycle them or simply throw them away.
- Freecycle - Give your unwanted things to others who will cherish them. Note that people give moving boxes away on this site ALL the time.
- Craigslist - Sell unwanted items or create a post in the "free" section. You can even do this for stuff you're leaving in your alley.
- Salvation Army