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I spent most of the weekend packing up the apartment -- or at least one little corner of it -- for the impending move to Our Own Place, coming this May to a rented van near you.

Of course, the difficult and time-consuming part of moving is not packing but deciding what to pack. Moving is a great excuse to purge, so I've been sitting on the floor of my little office at the back of the apartment, going through boxes I haven't opened since we moved in seven years ago. And some of this stuff I've been hauling around with me from state to state since 1992!

Holy crap -- college newspapers, photos of exes, volumes of sub-Vogon high school poetry (did you know it is all about love, people? Because it is!), a big box of dubbed tapes (what was I thinking with all the Indigo Girls?). I kept the best bits -- except the photos of exes -- and tossed the rest. The more boxes I went through, the less sentimental I got. I kept a separate pile of good stuff that will either go to Brown Elephant or get posted on eBay.

About the only bits I kept all of were the personal correspondence. I used to be quite a prolific letter writer, and I've kept every note and letter and birthday card sent to me since high school. Some day I really will organize it all. But for now, I've packed it up to bring with.

There's also a small pile of stuff that it pains me to part with forever -- the gold tap shoes from my last year of dance class (1988), the giant black boots I got married in, the threadbare Bauhaus t-shirt I bought in 1985 before I figured out that I really didn't like Bauhaus all that much, except that one song, but I kept wearing because it was the perfect length to peek out from under sweaters. I know in my heart I will never wear or use these things again. So that's what digital cameras are for. I'll get a couple good shots before throwing them away, and then I will still have them without having to pack them or find a place for them in the new digs.

Replies: 3 Confessions

You could try this with the bauhaus T, I've done it with several baby tshirts that were too precious to throw out.

http://www.savvyseams.com/apt/tpillow.php

but then again if it was only the one song...

eighmie @ 04/10/2007 05:33 AM CST


That's actually a really great idea -- I may use it on some of the other shirts in my collection that are getting too frayed to wear.

But the Bauhaus shirt is so threadbare it's nearly transparent. I think if I ran a needle through it, it would vanish in a puff of smoke.

AmyC @ 04/10/2007 08:16 AM CST


Speaking of T shirts, I've been hanging onto mine in hopes of making a quilt out of them some time in the future. :)

the other amy @ 04/10/2007 03:56 PM CST


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