What would you take with you moving across the country?

United States
July 15, 2008 9:34pm CST
My husband and I are considering moving across the country next summer and I am already planning. I don't really want to take much with us. I would take my cat, of course, and her toys, books and clothes and our movie collection, but otherwise I am very tempted to leave everything else behind. I have some decent, but not especially expensive furniture and I'm thinking it would be more expensive to move it than to replace it. Plus, if i don't take it with me, it gives me an excuse to redecorate once we get there. Have you ever moved cross country? What did you take? If you were doing it again, would you change what you brought?
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@risris24 (712)
• United States
16 Jul 08
If I was going yo move across country I would most likely take with me simply my cell phone, clothes, and several personal belongings that remind me of home, like my picture albums, books, music cd's and movies. Just some things that I use here regulary oh and of course my laptop.
• United States
16 Jul 08
That's exactly what I want to do, take my laptop and my stuff, but not my furniture and that kind of thing. But, furniture is expensive so....I guess it depends on how big a truck I have to rent just to get my bbooks and things there.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Well, we planned to take just about everything when we moved, except the stuff that was falling apart or extra (like our two entertainment centers). As it turned out, it probably would have been better to leave some of it behind and replace it when we got here. One bookcase broke in transit, and some of the other furniture took some harsh abuse as well. We did get rid of a lot of our CD cases before we moved, just putting the CDs and liners into binders instead. I'm sure that saved us a lot of space, especially with our CD collection. :) Knowing specifically what you own, though, I would say bring the big bookcases. Really, bring anything that you know you wouldn't be able to fit in your car when it's disassembled... if we hadn't brought our big bookcases, we'd have a lot of books with no homes...
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Well, the CD collection is much smaller than yours as we just burned everything to the computer, but the movie collection---I think at last count we had 200+ movies, not including boxed sets. All the little shelves are full and much of the area under the entertainment center and one of the shelves on the big bookcases. Strangely, the big bookcases when unassembled will fit in my car...if you put the backseat down. What wouldn't fit would be the bedroom set and mattress. I need a enw one, but hate to buy it if we're moving in a year. Of course, if we took it with us, it could be worthwhile, but didn't it cost you like $3000 to move stuff? Sadly though, the more I look around, the more I think I might have to get a big truck...I don't think I could get just our books and Rain into the car--much less clothes, movies, xbox and playstation and computers... argh!!! Maybe that's why people stay in the black hole...too hard to move.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Well, keep in mind that it cost us a LOT to move (yeah, I think $3,000 might be about right, all told) because we had all of our stuff shipped, and then hired movers to move it in. But it is expensive to get a moving truck and then drive it the 2,000-ish miles as well... I can't remember if PODS was cheaper or not, because they couldn't deliver to where we lived...
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Charles and Amber rented a u-haul to take all their stuff to Michigan and it was a bit more affordable, but they only had to drive it like 500 miles. I wonder if I can ship it via train? It used to be sooo much cheaper to send stuff that way, if you could do it...
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• Philippines
16 Jul 08
I did not experience moving to another country yet but I did move just to different houses in the same city where I am now. Moving is not easy even if it's not to another country, even from one house to another in 10 or 15 miles away still takes time and money. I usually take the things that I can still still use in my new environment leaving behind the some of the things that are hard to put on the moving truck. You have to pay for everything you transport. so, I would say, moving is challenging. I am not taking everything with me..
• United States
16 Jul 08
I'm not moving to another country, just across this one, about 2000 miles. I have a friend who did it a year ago and it cost her a lot of money, so I am trying to be practical about what I plan to take and what I don't.
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