Today I'm saying goodbye to the only state I've lived in, Minnesota. People often say they are impressed with my craving for adventure as I travel throughout the world, often times alone. I have never been anxious about traveling. However, I have always felt overwhelmed about moving out of Minnesota. Today it does not feel that way. I'm ready. I'm excited!
In my last post I shared Ten Steps to Moving as a Nomad. I was on step #8 and promised I would update you when on step #10. That is happening now.
Live minimally Create a budget Figure out where you want to live. Refer to #2. Get approval from Work (and possibly your kids) Look for housing Find a place to donate your possessions Create a project plan Execute project plan Take a deep breath and believe in yourself Jump on an airplane that will take you to your new home
|The most stuff I have ever flown with|
|My driver - I'm going to miss her|
|Annelies at MSU|
|Storage unit sans License Plate Map|
|Letter to Courthouse in 1991|
- For items I do not use for daily activities of life: When you are done with this nomad life, will the item bring you joy? If yes, put in storage. If no, donate.
- For items I do use everyday: Can you purchase in California? If yes, will it be cheaper to buy new or ship? I considered the sustainability aspect of buying new but justified my decisions knowing if I buy new, my old items would be donated. I know this isn't perfect but I'm buying very little (I will create a post for that later).
|Everything I own going to California|
|Boxes shipped via USPS|
|Moving day meals (Big Mac & Lean Cuisine)|
|Melanie & me with my donation|
|Last night in Minnesota|
|Annelies bought me Minnesota chocolate|
- If staying for enough time where you are securing a lease (versus Airbnb), try to find a new building so you can secure the lease a few months out. It helps with planning.
- It will most likely be cheaper to buy new than rent furniture. Don't sacrifice your home just to get a furnished unit if you live simply.
- Use a floor plan tool to draw out your apartment before purchasing furniture. Annelies created a digital floor plan for me and I was shocked to see how little I can fit into my 450sf apartment! I used Home By Me.
- I mailed four (4) medium-size boxes I bought at Home Depot via USPS. The weight ranged from 25 to 45 pounds. It was ridiculously expense ($356.10). I estimated $250 and I'm still not sure why I was so off. The weight didn't matter - just the size of the box. One thing I learned is California has the highest shipping taxes. My first introduction to the California cost of living.
- I paid UPS to box and ship my 35" monitor as I didn't have the original packaging. It cost $389 new and $196.05 to ship! Yep, you read that correctly. As I said to the cashier "let me look up the value as I may buy new when I get there and throw this out" she hugged the monitor and said "I will take it". I decided to just go with my original plan and ship. In hindsight, I should have bought a cheaper version when I arrived in San Jose. Lesson learned. But I do love that thing and I will hug her when I land in San Jose.