Moving cross-country alone is an expensive, stress-inducing proposition: not only will CB not be there to gallantly handle the heavy luggage, even the cheapest moving vans can cost several hundred dollars for rental fees and gas. In an effort to preserve badly-needed dollars and sanity, I am selling almost everything (furniture) and donating everything else (books, kitchenware). The move has certainly motivated me to pare down my possessions.
Here’s what the move will cost me:
- $330: My one-way airfare from Southern California to the East Coast. Fortunately, I am flying Southwest so I can check luggage for free. So, basically, I have managed to fit most of my life into 4 pieces of luggage (1 carry-on, 1 personal item, 2 checked suitcases).
- $50: I am shipping a box of shoes and a few paintings. I tried, but it is so hard to give up good shoes. Or meaningful-to-me art.
Once I get to my new home, I will need to buy a bed, a mattress, a desk, a chair, possibly a nightstand and maybe a chest of drawers. Thanks to all of your horrible bedbug stories, not only will I never consider a used mattress, I’ve become wary of buying even a used lamp or picture frame because all I can think about are tiny little bloodsuckers hiding in the crevasses, waiting for an opportunity to attack. So if I buy new, that obviously means I can’t buy as much stuff as I can buy used. Ideally, I’d furnish my bedroom and pay for my share of furnishing the common living areas for less than $1,000.
Maybe this is the year that I will finally turn (a little more) minimalist. There’s nothing like the stress of moving and fear of bedbugs to persuade me.