Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hey! It's A Million Degrees Outside. Wanna Help Me Move?

A friend of mine in Tucson recently moved from a big house to a slightly smaller house, and there was an interim period where she was in limbo - the old house sold, but she didn't have a new one yet.  During that period, she stayed with family. 

I wasn't there to help with the move and I have to say I'm kinda  happy about it.  It's freaking JULY, people.  In Arizona.  In the DESERT.  Average temperatures this time of year hover at the 100 and above mark.  And that's inside.  When a temperature gauge reaches three digits, you will not find me very far from frigid a/c.  To make it easier, I just do everything in my power to stay away.  I would have loved to help with the move, and would have done it (with a lot of bitching included) because that's what friends do, but I would have hated every.  single. minute.
Being temporarily homeless meant she had to figure out what to do with her belongings.  She was able to sell some furniture and other things so she wouldn't have to get a huge storage place, and she wanted to new furniture, drapes and other things for the new house anyway, but she still had what George Carlin calls "stuff".  And she needed a place to put it.

You have to know that in Southern Arizona, if you put your treasured belongings in a shed in your backyard,  they're gonna die.  Anticipate that anything remotely meltable (is that a word?), will melt.  CDs?  Forget it.  Candles?  Gone.  Photo albums?  Stuck together, possibly forever.  Tupperware?  The lids will never fit right again.  I've had it happen more than once and have ruined many things by leaving them in the sweltering heat of a storage shed.  I learned though, to never put anything of value in a backyard shed.  Anything I want to keep for a long time, stays inside the house.

The good news?  We have lots of storage in this town.  There are places to keep your boat, RV, car, pool toys, whatever.  Where do you think all the snowbirds stash their stuff when they go back to Minnesota? 

Not only can you find them all over town, because it's such a transient place with people moving in and out all the time, but
Tucson has storage units that are climate controlled.  Kinda like a beer cooler.  So you don't have to worry about your candles melting or your furniture warping. 

As soon as she's ready to move into her new place, it'll just be a few quick trips to the storage facility and then she'll get started on the putting away and organizing part.

That's where I come in.  I have a knack for that sort of thing.

And it takes places indoors.

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2011: Things Are Going Just Swimmingly
2010: A Real Truck Driver Meets A Real Housewife
2009: Stars Glowing, Wine Flowing, Sax Blowing
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2007: Salena Kandinsky
2006: Bam! Traumatized.
2005: Swing Low Sweet Chariot


june in florida said...

I am moving(same town)and the best thing is getting rid of all the stuff you haven't used in years.

Belledog said...

June: I never get around to decluttering like you do, and admire you for it!! Good luck with the move.

Salena: CDs melting in storage? Yikes! Made me think about my own storage space, although Virginia is nowhere as extreme in temperatures.

How goes the Nashville house hunt?

I think it would be so cool to live in a series of homes in various parts of the country, but impractical, no? New Orleans is on the list.