Thursday, April 17, 2014

De-cluttering - Week 16 Boxed Up and Boxed In

I'm not sure if I can call what we have been doing this week de-cluttering, but there has been a lot of sorting and boxing up of stuff going on, and we've certainly been moving it about. 

My oldest son is getting ready to move from one apartment to another.  He has been living in the current place for at least 10 years, and has been happily collecting tons....and I mean that literally.....of records.  Yes, I'm talking vinyl.

The problem with that is they are difficult to move. You can't put too many in a box because they are so heavy. If you put them in boxes so they are standing on edge, the boxes cannot be piled one on top of another.  Sometimes that's the only way they fit in the box though.

The room where most of them have been kept is on the 4th floor of a building with no elevators.  That means a lot of hauling box after heavy box down an awful lot of stairs. 

My son doesn't actually move until the end of the month, but we knew early on that there was no way we, or anyone really, could haul all that weight down that many stairs all in one day with collapsing before time ran out.  So, we decided to get some of them down and out of there early. 

As it happens, he has transferred a lot of those albums onto CD's now, so he was willing to give up a lot of the records.  It would have been nice to have had time to try to sell them, but that wasn't possible.  So if you are interested in old vinyl records, take yourself over to the Brockville Good Will store, as we hauled two vanloads full over there this past weekend.  It doesn't matter what your musical taste is, I'm sure you will find something.

We also made off with a box full of video movies, some of which we will keep for the grandchildren. 

Just about everything is now boxed up and ready to move.  I'm glad my son was so good at that, though he had himself pretty well boxed in before we hauled away all those records.  We moved him in there ourselves, but it is very apparent that we will be needing to hire someone to help move him over to his new place.  Luckily for all, it's on the ground floor!


  1. Packing for a move is the fastest way to realize just how much stuff you've accumulated. Good job at paring down the record collection. I know how difficult it can be to let go of items that you have loved for so long. Smart idea for him to get an early start on the job.

  2. Oh those old vinyls are hard to give up! I've got boxes of them too and just can't bring myself to do it.