It’s that time again. Movers, packers, forwarding mail, turning off the utilities, saying goodbye (through tears) to friends. This move is similar to our move to Maui in that we have one set of packers and movers for everything going overseas and another set will be here next week for everything going into non-temporary storage. Why non-temporary storage? First off, we don’t know how big our apartment will be, so we are taking the minimum amount of furniture. That also leaves us space in case we want to purchase any European furniture to bring back. We also have furniture passed down through the family that we don’t want to see get damaged and the longer the move the greater the chance for damage. Second, we won’t have a garage. If you have ever set foot in our garage, you know how much stuff we keep in the garage. We also have tubs of keepsakes items (baby clothes, baby blankets, ribbons and medals from a swimmers career) and a whole lot of other things that we never open but won’t get rid of and there is no reason to drag them across the ocean just to take up space. Thus, two sets of packers and two sets of movers to load it all up and take it to wherever its destination is.
This is what the house looks like today after yesterdays packers.
The couch will get wrapped and loaded up today. Anything not wrapped in brown paper or not in a box goes into non-temporary storage.
Table and chairs are going too. TV, buffet and some wall decorations are not.
Antique dresser–staying in America. Bicycles–going to Europe. Yes, those wrapped packages do say “bath tissue”.
We received a 12 page document telling us all about moving to France–car insurance, home telephones, cell telephones, shopping, apartments, parking spaces, medical and dental care, and a variety of other things. One line item indicated that the bath tissue in France leaves a little to be desired so if we had room in our household goods, bring our own. Bring our own we are doing. I also stocked up on some things that might be expensive, things we might not be able to find, or things that we like certain brands–razor refills, toothpaste, soap, baking items, food items, zip-lock baggies of all sizes, and feminine products. We will be 2.5 hours from the nearest military shopping facilities, and those may be minimal at best. The next closest will be 4 hours away.
If you come to visit us, rest assured our bath tissue will be of the highest quality. It will also be stacked and used as night stands and footboards on either side of our spare bed!!