Is It Crunch Time Already?

I knew I needed to get my butt in gear early because the final months leading up to move out/move in were going to be hectic. Of course, I didn’t get my butt in gear and now it’s August and I’m kind of overwhelmed. Just like I knew would happen. *face palm*

The lease on my apartment ends on October 31st, but I have friends coming to town on the 25th, so I need to be completely moved out by then. Realistically I would like to already have my van by October 1st so that I have a solid 3 weeks to move. I am traveling to Ireland for two weeks mid-September and I am visiting Utah the last weekend in August, so I only have two weeks in September plus the rest of August (weekends only, because I am working a third job 2-3 nights/week now) to pack and look for a van. That’s 5 weekends – 10 days. Ai yai yai! In my defense, buying a van in July for move-out in October just felt silly…

So here I am, mid-August, without a van, using my weekend to pack up my apartment. I thought packing would be easy since I have already purged so much stuff, but what I didn’t anticipate was that I need to pack all of my belongings in four stages.
1. Things I am selling/donating. I am planning to hold a small garage sale the first week of September, so these things need to be collected and put aside by then.
2. Things I am definitely keeping, but putting into storage. (That reminds me, I still need to shop around for a storage unit.) This includes furniture, home and holiday decor, sentimental items, necessities I don’t feel like re-purchasing when I move back into a stationary home, and wearables that I love but probably won’t use while on the road such as office attire, strictly seasonal items, fancy jewelry, some makeup, and other items that make me happy but aren’t necessary.
3. Things I am going to keep in the van, but won’t be using until I am living out of the van full time. Cookware, camping gear, non San Diego seasonal clothing, etc.
4. Things I am definitely keeping with me, even in my “limbo” stage. Clothing, toiletries, basic necessities.
Of course, this doesn’t include the obvious fifth category of trash.

I will post pictures of my piles and progression in a later post. When I moved out of my last apartment into this one I took pictures of my “keeping” pile and my “selling/donating” pile, and I think it would be interesting to see what my new piles look like. I am already astounded by the amount of things I am still able to get rid of, even after doing a massive purge less than a year ago. I have noticed it does help to let go in stages, so I tend to do a mini-purge every month or so. Each time, I encounter items I know I don’t need but can’t bring myself to let go of. By the next time around I am usually ready to let go, and I rarely look back.

Anyway, it’s time to get back to packing, especially since I just picked up an extra shift tonight. Yay money! Yay progress! Yay adventure!