Argh, going through books before a move is a challenge! I started with nine boxes and have whittled it down to four that will go back into the attic and wait for the next move, plus one box of journals that will come with me. There is one box that will stay in the attic after I move, one box of books that will get donated to our local bookseller, and one box that I want to read before I leave, and which will then come with me (it’s smaller than the rest). While I must congratulate myself, it’s nowhere near the one box of books I had told myself I’d take. Still, it’s also not nine boxes—and I should add that there are some on shelves that will also go in the attic rather than come with me. There are also some on shelves that will come with me.
I don’t suppose I should continue to be baffled by people with large collections of video games or DVDs—my personal library is at least as extensive as their collections, and theirs are probably a little bit lighter when packed into a box.
I do think I’m a bit stronger than I was several months ago, though—my dad was the one who lifted them all upstairs then, and my only task as far as the books were concerned was to move the boxes from the top of the attic stairs to another side of the attic—basically across a room. This time I took them all down myself, and once I’ve had some lunch I’ll move them all back up.
I have to keep reminding myself that I haven’t been approved for the apartment yet, and even if I do, it will be months before I move, so it’s a little too anticipatory for me to plan how to pack things every time I look at what I own. My parents said they’d pay for a moving van (lovely, lovely parents), but I’m still trying to take as little as possible, in case I want to move again (though if I get the apartment I want, I don’t see why I would—it seems to be in a fairly quiet place and yet close to everything that matters). Still, it probably won’t hurt to box up some things that I know I won’t use during the next several months. The less stressful I can make packing everything up, the better.