I will not actually be packing myself as my new employer gave me a lump sum relocation package that covers the cost of the moving company packing me. I considered packing myself but since my belongings will be moved so many times (Charlotte apartment to the moving truck to storage then back into the moving truck and then into my Minneapolis apartment) I figured it was best to have things professionally packed - and insured.
While I am not packing myself, I am going through all of my belongings before my move. It's actually been fun to go through my things. When I moved down here, any move-related tasks were so depressing as I did not want to leave Minneapolis but this time around, it's fun and exciting to do move-related tasks and it's been fun to see what I find when going through my things. Here are some of the random things I've found!
First up, I found a lot of stuff related to the trip to Europe that I took with one of my best friends back in 2004. I had kept maps and plane tickets and such, thinking I'd make a scrapbook some day. Well, that never happened so I did toss some of that stuff but something I won't be tossing is this list of funny things that we said/did/experienced during the trip. Brooke kept a page for each city and I laughed a lot reading about our experiences on that trip. I actually ended up getting really sick on that trip and was on a lot of cold medications so was a bit looney so most of the funny things that were said were said by me...
I also came across a lot of mementos from my first marathon. I didn't remember keeping a copy of the paper from the day after the race but think it's pretty cool that I did. I also had the participant and spectator guides, my prayer bracelet that showed who I prayed for during every mile of the race, and my bib and finisher medal. I am of course keeping all of this! That first marathon was my slowest and hardest but there is something special about your first marathon!
I also found the care package that my sister sent me before the marathon. That photo of us is crazy. I look a little chubby in the photo and Abby's hair is so blond! It cool to read the letter she wrote me. I am also keeping this!
But - there were some things I came across where I thought - why in the world did I keep this? Like this plaque from a pageant I did at age 4. I actually remember doing this pageant and let me tell you - I was NOT happy to do it. I think my mom has a picture of me scowling during it. It was during the centennial of my hometown so they had us dress up in clothes that people would have worn at that time and I did NOT like my outfit. Ha. This plaque ended up in the trash.
I also came across notes from friends, cards with my late grandfather's writing in them, and other fun mementos from the past. I got rid of a garbage bag full of stuff, so definitely purged quite a bit, but there are some things I just couldn't get rid of.
One thing I am not sure what to do with is my CFA notes...
I took well over a thousand pages of mostly illegible notes... Part of me thinks I should lighten my load and toss them now... another part thinks I should bring them back to MN and maybe burn them in a bonfire up at my parents' lake home... decisions, decisions.
When is the last time you went through your things? I try to go through my closet 1-2 times a year to find clothes to donate, but I had not gone through my bins that are under my bed in many years!