Sunday, July 08, 2012
I'm going to be going through my small house to decide what I keep or donate for my upcoming cross-country move next month (WOOT!).
The cost of a rental truck, added gas money due to its poor gas mileage and possibly a trailer for my car would be a few thousand dollars.
The other alternative is just using my small SUV along with my Mom's mini-van (she would come with me to help me move). This would cost less, but means keeping fewer items. This appeals to me because 1) I don't like driving those big trucks and 2) I don't know that I will have a lot of space at my sister's house to store my items.
I'd also prefer to save money for other things versus paying for a storage space. I could build a shed at their house to store my things, they would like one, but I really only want to do this option if I can't live without whatever I am bringing or it is going to be too expensive to give that many things up. (It's only "things", right??)
I'm not keeping any furniture. The main categories of things I am keeping are 1) clothes 2) sports/triathlon equipment 3) office equipment/supplies 4) kitchen items 5) tools.
Therefore I'm going to take an inventory to decide what goes and what can be given away - decluttering as I go along. If the final cost of what I need to take exceeds the cost of a rental truck etc, then I will go that route. Otherwise, at least I have an inventoried list of what I will donate for tax purposes.
The list I make will contain: Item name, (size?), replacement cost, condition.
Any other suggestions on what else should I include on the list?? Or suggestions on the process in general??