And…..Let The Packing Begin!



Well, here we go….. Packing! I’ve got all the necessary material needed for packing up boxes. Bubble wrap, packing tape, packing paper and boxes galore! I’m ready! Rolling up my sleeves…. And here It goes! Now, I’ve been living in this house for eighteen years! Lucky for me I’ve had a couple of opportunities not too long ago to ,’edit’ my material possessions . First when we had to move out of the house for our remodel . We moved into the studio cottage in our backyard and rented a storage container that we kept on the property for all our household possessions . Before moving out of the house we got rid of quite a bit. Then two years later we moved back into the house and I realized much of what was in the storage container we really didn’t need. If we lived without it for two years do we really need it? I think not! So again we cleaned out unnecessary possessions before moving back in . More recently when Pat moved into our house I had yet another glorious opportunity to purge .( Can you tell I love getting rid of things?) I had to clear out two bedrooms so I got rid of even more things that I really didn’t need. Yet here I am again, purge time! And I’m stunned by how much stuff I still have! So, here we go again with yet another opportunity to clear out excess material possessions! What to keep, donate and attempt to sell in a massive yard sale? There are many things I can pack up right now like some of my many dishes, wine glasses, serving platters, a few decorative things , mirrors , things we will be bringing with us but we don’t need right now.

Our long term plan is to have a small guest/rental house which means down the road we will have two houses to furnish. There seems to be a large list of things that we say,’ if it fits in the container we’ll take it but if not, oh well’. Then there are the things that we know for certain we want to pack up and bring with us. We have rented a storage unit where we will begin to move all the boxes as we get them packed up. Little by little I will slowly remove the piles that are taking over the house. Scott is almost ready to start installing baseboards and at the moment it’s not really possible to do that. There’s just too much ‘stuff’ piled up everywhere! We get possession of the storage unit the day after Thanksgiving . Which will work out just right because I’m off work until Tuesday after Thanksgiving . So begins the packing up portion of our adventure! Boy, this part really makes it feel ‘Real’ ! We’re REALLY doing this!!! Big Smile😃.

Given the fact that our goal is to put the house on the market in February , we decided to have the vast majority of our personal possessions out of the house by then. We will have the house staged so that it looks the best it possibly can. As soon as we decide on a realtor we will see what, if any of our furniture that the realtor thinks should stay, like maybe the pool table and the dining room table and most likely the beds. Also our patio furniture will probably be nice to leave as well. We just want this house to look as good as it possibly can so that it sells quickly for as much as possible. Its great that we are taking the time to slowly organize what will be shipped in our container. There’s really no rush to get it all done quickly because in our minds the February date is just a ‘goal’, nothing is set in stone so there’s no pressure.


About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

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  1. It was nostalgic to read your story and remember the things we got rid of through sales and donations. There are some things that were really hard to part with. For my wife it was art work we had picked up over several years and a whole bunch of music CD’s – mostly Christmas music. For me it was my skis and backpacking gear. But we look back and think it was just “stuff”. It’s funny to think about what we miss most now, and it’s mostly foods we used to keep on hand – Clif Bars, hot dog relish (w/o high fructose corn syrup), Trader Joe’s sunflowerseed butter, and good salsa. I’ll be interested to learn what you will miss and what takes its place. Mike

    • Mike, thanks for sharing your experience with me! In my life here its just not possible to commiserate with many folks who can relate to our pending adventure. It’s funny that you would say certain foods are what you miss most, that’s what my husband says he thinks he will miss most. I’m excited to see what ‘New’ things living in Panama will provide! From your other comment it sounds like I’m in for a treat as far as coffee goes! And Rum? I didn’t realize it was made there! Well, there’s so much to learn! I’m very excited to join all you out there! Cheers!

  2. Wow–good luck with all of that packing, planning and moving stuff!! The thought of doing all that is just overwhelming to me—although someday, I will have to do something similar but probably not on quite as large a schedule and I’m just dreading it!! But it sounds to me as if you both have a pretty good “handle” on the process. Again—good luck!

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