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10 October 2007 @ 09:21 am
We Have Acheived Stuff  
As of about 12.30 am this morning, Stuff now fills the house.

As previously discussed, the truck was completely loaded (overweight, in fact) and was unable to carry anything from our storage unit. This means that they'll have to make a separate trip. In reading the move contract, it turns out we were guaranteed a price UP TO the estimate amount but not over.

I had a LONG talk with the owner of the company. To make a long story short, we're paying part of the cost to bring another truckload up next week. I know how much it costs in rental and gas to bring just a 12 foot truck from Atlanta to Indianapolis, so I am quite convinced we are not paying anything more than just the truck rental and gasoline - we aren't paying for the manpower. This doesn't make me happy, but it is an acceptable compromise given the circumstances.

They'll be picking up today or tomorrow and will deliver on Monday.

Regarding the Stuff itself:

The good news is that, as we unloaded, I only had to throw away 4 things that should have been tossed in Atlanta but accidentally got packed.

The bad news is that it means everything else is either valid Stuff or else is hiding.

The reason for the truckload - the basement/garage.

In hindsight, we should have focused more on the tool area when sorting and weeding out. Since we've been in the Danville house for a year and a half, we actually already have rakes and shovels and implements of destruction. There was no need to move what turns out to be nearly 40 cubic feet just of manual lawn tools, and who knows how many of my boxed tools are now duplicates.

Contrary to what ladyat and I thought while discussing things, the attic really was not a problem. We pretty much knew what was up there, and - while a bunch - it is mostly things we knew we were keeping and why (although it looks like one box of daughter K's things managed to make it here instead of staying down there).

Everything shed-like fits in the shed. It isn't organized, but it fits. Everything tool-like or electrical fits on the various raised surfaces in the basement. Again, it isn't sorted out, but it is there.

There's a full storage unit left to arrive. Most of that is books and DVDs (things that go on the shelves), with some furniture like day beds and another shelf and chest unit. I'm not worried about having room for those. I hope.

We need to figure out where some of the bookshelves will go - I'm thinking at least one will go in ladyat's office - since the logical place really has no wall space. We need to empty boxes and put things away. We need to get a storage unit for seldom-used but heavy things like the camping equipment - it will be worth the cost just to get it out from underfoot but still to have it easily accessible when needed (once the garage is built, that Stuff will come home).

We will also be taking a lot of tools to Goodwill. If someone is moving into a house and needing basic lawn care Stuff (and is willing to come fetch it), we'd be happy to pass it along as well - let us know.

It must be Home now - every waking hour has work that needs to be done...
Current Mood: busybusy
Sandra Sparkssperuoc on October 10th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
That last line - so true...no matter what the size of the house, it's true...
archiver_timarchiver_tim on October 10th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
If you have too many books, ConClave has a couple of books drives going on. Juveniles for middle schools, adult fiction for soldiers in Iraq.
carolfcarolf on October 10th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Thanks for mentioning this.

I've yet to successfully pry a book out of husband's obssesive posession, but this might be an argument that will at least get rid of the duplicates.
msminlrmsminlr on October 10th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Freecycle.org is your friend.