Friday, July 12, 2013

7QT (Vol. 47): Benefits of Moving Out of State

So you all know we're planning to move halfway across the country. I've never lived more than 100 miles from where I live right now, so the prospect of going 7 times that far brings with it many of the feelings you'd expect, both good and bad. But it's also had several unanticipated benefits.

You can get rid of a lot of stuff. Regular readers know that we're already on the minimalist side of the consumer spectrum, but even so, we still have accumulated a large amount of stuff over the years. I've kept a lot of things on basically inertia; it was less effort to just keep it on the shelf than it would be to move it on, so I didn't do anything about it. Looking at everything as though it needs to justify its space in the moving van for the 700 mile trip really puts things into perspective, and it's liberating. I'm sure we'll accumulate some more stuff when we get there, but for me (who at one time bought anything that struck my fancy) the forced opportunity at a fresh start is very exciting.

You can get lots of money for said stuff. Moving is expensive, no doubt. But a surprising number of things have eBay value. $20 for an old MP3 player; $30 for a guitar music songbook; even $80 for an old Shaq poster from when I was a kid. It'll take a bit more effort to sell it rather than just giving it all away, but that'll allow us to make sure that, for the few things we do replace, we can do so with quality stuff that will last forever.

I'm as surprised as you.

You don't have to care as much about minor issues with your current house. We're currently in the middle of having it resided (very necessary before putting it on the market), and we're not thrilled with the color now that we see it on the house. It's not bad, but it's not what we were expecting. If we were planning to stay, I'm sure it'd be disappointing; now, we're just happy we're one step closer to completion (and it's still a MUCH better color than it was).

It gives you an excuse to reconnect with people. I'm sure we all have friendships that've drifted somewhat apart over the years. I don't know what it is about knowing there's soon going to be a geographic barrier to seeing someone regularly that spurs people to rekindle relationships, but I'm glad it's there.

You're never short of topics of conversation. Especially since our reasons for moving aren't on most people's Approved List of Acceptable Reasons to Relocate, we haven't been hurting for small talk. (Except at work. I didn't think that'd be prudent.)

How about the rest of you? Any moving stories that were unexpected?

Obligatory cute grandchild picture :-)

Jeremy needs to get back to getting stuff packed up and doesn't have time to write a bio.


  1. We're moving all of about 10 miles away and I still am so glad we were able to get rid of so much stuff already. A lot of it were things that both Andrew and I brought to the house when we were married that were more nostalgic or we'd thought we'd need but didn't. I've been able to make over $500 on Craigslist clearing out our house of stuff, which is funny because we are moving to a bigger house and would have room for it.

    And it's true, the minor things of the house aren't so disappointing because we are leaving it behind shortly anyway.

    Good luck with your move and let us know if you need help packing sometime.

    1. Always nice to get some cash, isn't it? Thanks for the offer of help. I'll let you know how we're doing when we get to that stage!