The countdown to my newest adventure, a move to Colorado, has begun today. I'm going to try to keep track of my progress on the blog... 11 days and counting... I leave lovely Minnesota on either the 30th or the 31st of August, depending on my progress in getting everything done that needs to be done. Services have been notified, I still need to change mailing addresses with a bazillion different entities... first I have to try to remember them all to do that... working on it.
With an exception or two, most of my art business that has to be done beforehand, has been completed. And a new lease and rent has been signed and paid on a nice apartment in Longmont, CO. I'm really happy about where I'll be living, the space is tight for a pack rat of an artist, but nice and cozy for now. Once I have feet on the ground there I can spend some time in the next year looking around and possibly finding something that is more than I'm starting out in.
Today I'm packing up art supplies, cook books, tools and other miscellaneous 'stuff', room by room. The studio is first, there's a lot to deal with in here, but it's going well. It's really hard to imagine the entire bulk of your life possessions fitting into a 16' truck... But it has too, I want it to. Of course the Hughes Easel is coming along... after nearly selling it a few months back, I realized that it's seasoned now, and just like my cats, must be with me.
There will undoubtedly be a large truck load or two going to Family Pathways and ReStore in St Croix Falls, as donated goods. I've already outfitted several rooms up there with furniture, clothing, tools, shop tools, sound equipment and on and on. Chairs, kitchen table and chairs, dishes, and so many other household goods, that I wonder why there's anything left here now. And there in lies the problem... There is still too much stuff!!!
Talk about feeling liberated, shedding your belongings may be even better than shedding body weight! Doing the work it takes to shed the junk also sheds the fat cells... I hope.
I have to get back to it, but wanted to share my chariot for the adventure... a 16' Penske truck and a dolly to tow my truck with. Why Penske? After reading reviews, in which you basically become totally confused by the differing opinions, I paid attention to a couple of independent review sights, and Penske came out right up there with Budget as being the two most highly thought of for services and cost. The cost to do this yourself vs using a container, or having moving company do it for you, is at least a 1/4th less than those options.
I like the yellow trucks, so Penske it is. I'll have 5 days to load and drive it to Colorado before the truck has to be turned in to a drop off site in Boulder, CO. Should be no biggie...???
For now, back to packing. And throwing, more throwing than packing in fact!