Yes, I said it is done. Remember when I was shooting for ten boxes to ship to the Philippines? Well, I went over. Here’s how it started…
First of all, I realized rather quickly that I was either going to leave a LOT of things behind or I needed more than the amount of boxes I thought I would need. I REALLY DID get rid of a lot of stuff. We started in the summer by holding a garage sale and selling off the basement items. Furniture, decorations, etc. Then, we moved everything upstairs, and sold off other things we did not immediately need or use. The house thinned out pretty quickly, and doing that in the summer was a blessing because I was able to get a deal on getting rid of this house if I was to move out quickly. Staying another month would cost me in a large sum of rent, so we opted to use that saved money for things we would need in the Philippines.
We checked into short term apartments, furnished apartments, and moving in with family. We chose family since it was the most cost saving, and since it would be short term anyway, hopefully we wouldn’t be a hindrance too much to the privacy of my brother, nor him to ours.
So, away we go with packing. We used the space bags we bought at the garage sale, and found they worked so well, that we bought more. Used them up, and bought more. Needless to say, I think the cost of the bags reduced the cost of boxes enough to make up for the cost of the bags. If not completely, knowing that our clothing and linens will arrive clean, fresh and bug-less will make up for it in the long run.
Do you guys and gals reading this believe things happen for a reason? I do. We got a call from a friend that said that the shippers were running a special on shipments until the end of January. Wow. Saving money? I LOVE IT ALREADY! So, we made some calls and found that the shipping company owner decided to run a special that lasts longer than normal, because of the recent storm in Davao. The cost savings would go towards ANY box too, and not just the ones going to help family in Davao. So, how much of a cost savings? Enough to make me not worry about sending more boxes!!! At this point, we were already at 12 boxes. Already over the limit, and I had more stuff to pack. So, we arranged for a pickup of the boxes, and they switched out our boxes with empty ones, and away we went again.
Guess what? 23 boxes later and we’re not done! I know what you’re all thinking! He’s crazy! He’s nuts! He’s lost his mind! The last remaining boxes are my garage items. Hand tools, etc. Things I will not send for until we have found a place to settle into, and if I actually need them. I have heard that good hand tools are nearly impossible to find, so I’m waiting to send them until they are actually needed. Now, with my bad back, I don’t intend on working on anything. But, if someone I hire needs something, then I might send away for the other boxes. Plus, I have some construction tools for cutting tiles, etc that would come in handy when we’re ready to build a house, if we decide to do that.
Total cost of shipping was only slightly more than what I thought it would be at the normal rate, and it meant that I was able to bring a lot of stuff I might have otherwise wished I had brought. Some things are still staying here in the U.S., like my one remaining handgun, and my sword that I hold so dear to me for some unknown reason. As well as the antiques given to me by my grandmother, and mother over the years. They are safely stored in cabinets back at my mom’s house where they will remain until I am sure we are NOT coming back to the U.S.
You know, this was a difficult thing for me. To categorize things that meant so much to me at some point and brought back memories when once again I laid eyes on them. But, as said by some wise LiP readers, if you didn’t use them for the last 7 years, why do you need to take it with you?!
Until next time… Paalam, ingat, and God bless!