Wednesday, September 23, 2015

moving checklist

While we thought we'd be in this spot for a little longer, we follow the motto written in William Heat Least Moon's book, River Horse.

Proceed as the way opens.

The way has opened to a new job in a new location. We are riding the current.

For many folks, moving is an overwhelming task. A friend mentioned that she hasn't moved since 1978. It is a process that takes practice. I actually enjoy it. I think I've got it down to the essential tasks. 

Here we go.

  1. Notifications
    1. Landlord - gather invoice for lease termination fee
    2. Cancel YMCA membership 
    3. Quit part-time job (very sorry to see this gig go, it's been lots of fun)
    4. Separate from volunteer organizations (sob!, but I'll find new ones)
  2. Scout new location
    1. Google Maps
    2. DC Metro Transit Maps
    3. Driving around in circles a lot 
  3. Reduce total volume to move
    1. Eat everything in the freezer and pantry
    2. Gather anything that we don't use and donate
    3. Sort through that stack of paper (that might have been sitting for a year or so) and ditch most of it
  4. Find new digs
    1. Craigslist
    2. Another driving day
  5. Pack
    1. Kitchen
    2. Closets
    3. Roll up the futon (ok, so we do have some chairs, too)
    4. Store quilting fabric out of the way on the boat. Wait - using the boat as a storage unit, isn't that backwards?
  6. Transport
    1. Smallest U-Haul truck they have
    2. Follow with car
  7. More notifications
    1. Change address on renter's and car insurance
    2. Forward address with USPS
    3. (Banks are all with St. Brendan's, so no need to change any of that stuff)
    4. Update family and friends on where they can find us
  8. Unpack
    1. Stack up dishes and pans
    2. Hang up clothes
    3. Roll out futon
  9. Explore
    1. Bike path
    2. Yoga
    3. Coffee
    4. Beer