snapshots of an idle mind

February 20, 2007

mucking out

Filed under: books,life,moving,Uncategorized — sassinak @ 12:34 pm

incidentally, britney spears looks freaking adorable with her head shaved.  will you all just leave her the fuck alone please.

that is all.


okay, i’ve collected SOME boxes. and by some i mean enough that everyone says ‘wow that’s a lot of boxes’ and i know damm well it’s MAYBE a quarter of what i need.

i know this because last time i moved i had ‘enough’ boxes THREE times before i really had ‘enough’.

these boxes? will maybe (MAYBE) hold my book collection [they’re wine boxes and perfectly sized for books]. cause yeah, i am in love with books and refuse to give them up for anything.

even the bad books that i would never lend to anyone that i care about… even those.

i just can’t give them up.

i keep thinking that if i just cull the ones i wouldn’t want my kids to read (my imaginary and non-existent and likely never appearing kids but nonetheless) that i could clear a large pile of space on my bookshelves.

like those terrible books i could hardly finish (lord of the rings anyone??) or those awesome books that are so much like studying i can’t finish them (green mars anyone?) or the most boring and repetitive book of all time, zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance (fine you liked it, go you, i have two copies, want one??) or or or

even those.

i can’t do it. i know that there’s a pack rat mentality at work, i know this whenever i look around my apartment at all the old papers i haven’t sorted or put away.

i see it in the old tape collection that i can’t bear to part with and the old notes on networking from when i was still a computer nerd. not to mention old textbooks and t-shirts from swim meets when i was nine.

don’t get me wrong, i’m not hopeless, i finally tossed my HIGH SCHOOL notes a few years ago and i did in fact recently toss the old geek stuff. heck i gave away my uber-nerdy books to people who might need them because really i need a copy of ‘unix system administration’ like you need a hole in the head.

note the theme. i can GIVE stuff away no problem but tossing it? gosh how can i bear it? [and yet can i give books i consider terrible to charity? can i?]

how can you?

goodwill and planet aid and people with aids basically save the packrats life. no they really do. it’s a lot easier to part with old things if you know they’ll go somewhere useful.

i’m quite grateful to my tendency to move across the country because it means that i have a lot less stuff… it also doesn’t hurt that i’ve been basically poverty stricken for the last fifteen years (okay there was like two years there where i wasn’t) and thus i haven’t aquired much crap.

but still.

i have a ton of shit.

i have a ton of shit packed into an apartment the size of most people’s living rooms and i don’t have enough boxes.

i, by an order of magnitude, do not have enough packing devices. i have a source for them on the weekend and that will get me about halfway but i need to find those great boxes that are bigger than the ones i have. the ones you can put actual stuff in.

large things and bulky things and just generally things that don’t fit in the wine boxes. and these i am not having much luck with.

not to mention?

i FUCKING HATE packing!

ask my parents. hell when i moved to vancouver i packed the NIGHT BEFORE!

my poor parents were left with the detritus of that one and let me tell you they did not appreciate it. i’m better as an adult when there’s no one to help me or pick up after me but still, i am the great staller.

i can stall and stall and stall… you would not believe some of the things i’ve come up with to avoid packing. well you might, you’re reading one of them…



  1. everybody hates moving. it’s true.

    Comment by factorypeasant — February 20, 2007 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  2. packing sucks. moving sucks. sorting through crap you need to get rid of sucks.

    and giving books you don’t like to charity is still charitable. someone’s bound to like ’em…

    good luck!

    Comment by terry — February 21, 2007 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  3. When it comes to shaved heads, let’s just say that Britney Spears is no Natalie Portman…

    Plus, it isn’t that she has nothing on top of her head that gets me, it’s that she appears to have nothing in it…

    I hear you on the whole packrat thing. I have a tendancy to hold on to things that I seriously have no reason to hang on to, like school books/papers/notes/etc. I haven’t even glanced at them since I was done using them, but there’s a part of me that wants to keep them as trophies or something like “hey, I worked freakin’ hard on this stuff, and you just want me to throw it away? Can’t you see I made an A+ on my 20-page paper entitled Things That Will Be Totally Irrelevant in My Post-Graduate Life?”

    I had a friend who said that he had trouble unpacking boxes once he moved in so they just sat there for months (or longer) unopened. I suggested that he put raw cuts of meat in each box as an incentive to open them right away and clean them out. Feel free to use that same advice if it applies.

    Oh, and I loved Zen & the Art… *ducks*

    Comment by John — February 21, 2007 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  4. You CAN give away books you consider terrible. One woman’s treasure is another woman’s trash, and vice versa. People are interested in the strangest things and they’re subject to varying levels of appreciation. How do you suppose people like Dan Brown and David Balducci have jobs? -s-

    Packing stinks, and moving sucks. But when you’re through with all the grunt work… ahhhhhhhh!

    Comment by JMai — February 21, 2007 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  5. I hate packing/moving, too. I will be moving at the end of June, and I **so** dread it.

    Comment by Jim McKee — February 21, 2007 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  6. I don’t want to leave Britney alone…she’s rich and I’m jealous of her money. ;)


    Comment by Steven Novak — February 21, 2007 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  7. When I had to move across 4 1/2 states, I thought I could leave all my packing to 2 days. What a mistake. Then, I tend to overload my boxes. We moved almost 2 years ago and still have unpacked boxes in the garage!!

    I lent a friend some books, once. Needless to say, she and I are not friends anymore. “I just don’t know where they are…”

    Comment by Gut Chick — February 21, 2007 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  8. For me, packing does not mean sorting. Unpacking ususally does. I take the stress out of packing by dumping my shit in boxes, garbage bags, whatever container is handy, and sorting it out at my destination. I cull during the packing process when the mood strikes, but inevitably I run out of time and just have to move the mess with me.

    Incidentally, there is a box of clothes in the bottom of my closet that remains unopened from my last move– almost 7 years ago.

    Are we still on for tomorrow?

    Comment by Princess Valium — February 21, 2007 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  9. The shaved head does look good. What doesn’t is the cigarettes and the red bull and the booze and the drugs and the two kiddies at home without mommy cause she is out getting laid. But I am so over her being on the news.

    Packing…sucks. But it’s for a good reason.


    Comment by Natalia — February 22, 2007 @ 12:46 am | Reply

  10. I don’t like moving. I’d like to find a spot I could just plant myself in for the rest of my days.

    We have a large box you could borrow/have. Can you return L’s books before you move?

    Comment by clarity — February 22, 2007 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

  11. I hate moving as much as everyone else. With PJ plotting a move, I dread the idea. However, I can’t capitalise on property value increases unless I actually sell my home. Why can’t the bank just write off the rest of my mortgage and let me stay put?

    I feel sorry for Britney Spears. All the fuss about her new coiff is a tempest in a teapot. If she wants the press to leave her alone, she has done exactly the wrong thing. By giving them something to talk about, they’ve invented all sorts of stuff about her mental stability. They have probably forgotten that she is where she is because of an overbearing showbiz mom, and a life of beauty pageants, singing contests, mouseketeering (new verb) and climbing the teeny-bopper ladder of success. She’s never had a normal life. If she wants to party and act weird, why should the press be so judgemental.

    I’ve partied and acted weird myself, and nobody cared. I guess I’m just an ugly middle aged guy instead of a pop star.

    Comment by othercat — February 23, 2007 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  12. You can give books away to charity or churches or schools or stuff like that

    Comment by Kristen — February 25, 2007 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  13. I don’t think Britney looks adorable at all, but I wish everyone would just leave her alone.

    I’d be so jealous of your moving if it wasn’t for the actual deed of moving. I don’t even like the packing and unpacking for a vacation.

    Comment by kathi — February 26, 2007 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

  14. I am the queen of packing. No seriously, I am. Gimme a box and i’ll fill it like a pro. And wont stop until a room is done. Of course it’s getting started that I have trouble with :)
    Hope it’s all going well!!

    Comment by debambam — February 27, 2007 @ 8:20 am | Reply

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