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Packed up and at the Airport

After another full week of organizing banks, and banker boxes we are at the airport and are so ready for the beach! We'd hate to have to give an honest number for how many times we packed everything up just to remember we forgot to put something in or needed something out of the box buried on the bottom of the stack. All together we managed to shrink our worldly physical possessions into a small corner of our parent’s basement.
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With all this talk about storing and shuffling 'stuff' around, the big question is, what are we actually taking with us?!
Below is a picture of the contents of Kevin's bag spread out on a table, and the itemized list.
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pair of reef shoes
pair of shower flippyfloppies
pair of chaco sandals
pair of teva light hikers
snorkel mask and breathing tube
100ml fluoride fortified toothpaste
floss
travel toothbrush
stick of lip balm
two disposable razors
small bottle of wash gel
gum pick
stick of deodorant
ear plugs
sleep mask
extra quart zip locks
extra gallon zip locks
chico bag
money belt
extra visa pictures
vaccination card
international drivers permit
usa passport
laundry line
fake wallet with fake credit cards and id and small notes
lanyard pins for securing backpack zippers
inflatable pillow
sink stopper
two door jams
samsung focus
usb charger for focus
ear buds
ear bud splitter
business cards
canon point and shoot camera
canon camera charger
3 camera batteries
two 8GB SD cards
1gb usb key
mini tripod
international plug adaptors
visor
sunglasses
beanie
thin gloves
bag of rubber bands
eee pc asus netbook and sleeve
asus power cord
mini usb mouse
mosquito bug spray
water purification drops
first aid kit
diarrhea kit
malaria pills
altitude pills
rei 40L lookout pack
two mini pad locks for zippers
rei flash 18 day pack
small nalgene
headlamp
padlock and cord
door alarm
cocoon bivouac sack
bag of snack bars
medium clothes compression sack
small clothes compression sack
micro fiber pack towel for drying
small piece of micro fiber pack towel for washing with
two ankle running socks
two thin wool socks
northface thin track suit bottoms (warmups)
montane technical pants with zippered pockets
rei zipper pocket swim trunks
rei zip off pants without the pant legs
northface running shorts
technical tshirt for sleeping
boxers for sleeping
two short-sleeved 65% polyester / 35% cotton blend button shirts
long-sleeved 65% polyester / 35% cotton blend button shirt
chilis long-sleeved polyester base layer
northface long-sleeved light pull over
hooded wind shell
two exofficio boxer briefs
exofficio briefs
rei briefs

Now you might ask yourself, if all of that is in Kevin's bag, what in the world can Robin be carrying?

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 14:41 Archived in USA Tagged colorado packing Comments (0)

Last Furniture Standing

getting rid of everything!

sunny 72 °F

Right now there are two pieces of furniture left in our house... the desk that I am typing on and the chair that I am sitting on. Last night we ate dinner sitting on the floor using a cutting board as our table. It is amazing how much stuff two people can accumulate, we blame the basement. New rule of life = move every 3-5 years no matter what so that you can cleanse of stuff! Attached is a picture of Robin counting up the CL $ before one of several trips to the bank. WP_000210.jpg

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 19:52 Archived in USA Tagged packing Comments (0)

Craigslisting

what we have learned, laughed, and been frustrated by...

Basically, we are selling everything. Our hope is to move with just the bare essentials. Which may be slightly more for Robin than for Kevin. Rather than having a garage sale, we decided to sell stuff on Craigslist. So far, it has been very successful, with the occasional dumbass responses, which always provids us with some laughs. Here are just a few:

Craigslister: "How far is Bellevue to Wallingford."
Kevin and Robin: "Let me check google maps.... oh, 20 minutes."
Craigslister: "Can we meet half way?"
Kevin and Robin: "Do you have a boat to meet in Lake Washington?" (for those who don't know, halfway is in the middle of Lake Washington.)

Craigslister: "Would you take 5 instead of 10 bucks."
Kevin and Robin: "How about $7.5"
Craigslist: "Lets call it 5"

Craigslister: "Can you deliver your $5 item to Whitecenter?" (a 15-20 minute drive for us)
Robin and Kevin: "um, no."

And my absolute favorite was the girl who showed up to get a large 5 drawer dresser with broken arm and cracked rib!!!

Apparently, some items are really sought after, such as Kevin's brewing supplies, coming in at $400!!! He has gotten over 12 emails in the past day from people. Then there is selling items of no value for free. It is amazing how quickly these items went for free:

  • Zune with broken screen
  • Eletrolyte drinks that are expired

Then there are the random items that shock me when people are actually interested in buying:

  • nunchucks
  • 80s and 90s tapes

There are several tricks to using Craigslist. First, always renew your posts! This means that when people search, your stuff is on top. Second, include pictures, if you don't people will email for them and then you have to send them anyways. Third, never tell someone something is sold until the item has been picked up. There are so many flaky people that you don't want to tell a buyer that the item has sold, until you really have sold it. Finally, if people can't use Google Maps to find your house, DO NOT sell them anything! Otherwise, you will spend over 20 minutes on the phone with people who are lost, that will then show up late. So annoying!

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 10:35 Archived in USA Tagged packing Comments (0)

Packing....

fun with vacuum-seal bags.

overcast 68 °F

Yep, the packing has begun. Mainly because we are not sure if we are driving our stuff or taking a truck. We are trying to downsize and sell almost everything, but there are keepsakes that we cannot part with. Today I packed up my work clothes, heavy winter clothes, and some dresses. 5 Large Blankets Prior to Vacuum Seal

5 Large Blankets Prior to Vacuum Seal

5 Large Blankets After Vacuum Seal

5 Large Blankets After Vacuum Seal

Initial Packing Complete

Initial Packing Complete


It is amazing how much you can get into a small space with these vacuum bags. We plan to travel with similar bags that are vacuum sealed, with no vacuum required.

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 18:34 Archived in USA Tagged packing Comments (0)

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