David has devised a color-coded system of stickers that identifies our household items for the movers as either “Long Term Storage,” “Unaccompanied Air Baggage,” or “Household Effects.” A yellow sticker means that we will keep the item here in a storage facility; a green sticker means we will be shipping the item by boat (shipment will take several months before we receive it); and a pink sticker denotes a faster-paced shipment by air (received in a few weeks). Since David is already in DC and has far fewer things than me *and* is much less particular than me, he has already completed his inventory list, so when I look at the apartment and see the majority of it is unstickered, I know that I have a lot to get done.
It’s easier to consider the apartment in terms of individual compartments like bedroom, living room, and kitchen rather than the space as a whole. When I think of each area specifically and of what it contains, I can analyze the details a little more easily. For instance, since our home in Saudi Arabia will be furnished, I know that I can pack up all the furniture for long term storage, therefore, everything in both bedrooms can get a yellow sticker except for our clothes which will come with us and should get a pink sticker. Looking at the kitchen, I know that I cannot live two years without all my cooking and baking equipment, so I will consider everything in it worth a green sticker. Finally, the living room is fairly barren, nothing I couldn’t be apart from, so everything except the TV will get a yellow sticker.
I suppose I have the bulk of it mapped out in my head, but I know once I begin stickering, I will come across sentimental items that will leave me torn – ship it or pack it? Say, for example, our framed wedding pictures and holiday decorations. Most of our belongings are replaceable if they get lost or damaged in transit, but I couldn’t replace unique Christmas gifts that were given to me or the beautiful frames that hold images of the most special day of our lives, yet I cannot imagine the holiday seasons without recreating the traditions we do every year with our decorations, or not seeing some element that represents a symbol of home. These are considerations I have to figure out. Soon.
My last two weeks here will be busy as I head back to work tomorrow, but I am very excited and anxious to join David in DC. We have a wonderful surprise waiting for us at our next destination…
For now, a couple pictures of NY in the spring:
Cherry Blossoms in Central Park.
Tulips in Washington Square Park.
Ellis Island where I was able to find several of my ancestors on the registry. Actually quite a surprise since I know they immigrated before 1892 when Ellis Island began operating, but apparently they kept records of travelers too.