Disassembling a home

This one will be a quickie, and yes, I got rid of the chapter numbers.

I spent (not enough) time this past weekend cleaning out my closet and wandering through my home plucking things off the walls and shelves so I could be ready for the flea market this weekend. I now have two large garbage bags of work clothes to donate to Career Closet, and three more bags for Hope Services. The spare bedroom has turned into a staging area for items that need to be priced and packed for sale at the flea market. I’m trying not to go overboard with clearing away the “stuff”, but I’m realizing just how much of it I don’t actually need. The question I’m having to ask is, “Do I want it?” No, I don’t need the copies of Time, People and Newsweek from the Sept. 11, 2001 events, but I want to keep them, if only as a reminder to myself of how bad (and wonderful) humanity can be. I don’t need nor want all the cheap, junk jewelry that I delighted in picking up because it was trendy (and cheap). It’s Hawaii and I’m going to be outside a lot, so the fancy painted tall champagne flutes have been priced to move.

I’m even being ruthless with my books, and discovering that there are some I’ve held onto just because they have some sort of cachet, but I don’t actually like them so I don’t need to keep them (I’m looking at you “Wicked”). It’s illuminating to see just how little we need to have a fulfilling life. Do I have my health? Mostly. Do I have my family and friends? Without a doubt. Do I have ambitions and dreams and the determination to achieve them? We’re going to find out.

Countdown is just over 2 months now, 10 weeks from tomorrow. I’m going a drop-in visit in mid-August to take a couple of large suitcases over and hopefully get my internet set up. Next step: flea market and donations. After that: buckle down on finding a job!


Chapter 2: Paperwork

When I bought my condo in 2010, I felt like a forest went into creating the pile of paperwork that was generated. I also had a list of all the places that needed to be notified of my new address. I am starting that process again with the new place, but I’m going to try and do much of it online.

The new bank account required paper, because I had to go into the bank in person and provide my physical signature. However, online banking should have all electronic communications. I’ve accessed my online account, requested e-statements, and set up my External Accounts for transfers. Interesting note about Bank of Hawaii: you can only transfer FROM external accounts TO the BoH account, you cannot transfer to external accounts. This may make my online savings account superfluous, but at the current interest rate, it is not like I’m getting much out of it anyway.

I’ve also received by email the tenant handbook, house rules, condition statement and Fair Housing statement from the rental agency and used DocuSign to sign my lease. These are all saved on my desktop for future reference when needed. At some point, I’ll need to go in person to get a key for the unit, and I guess we’ll fill out the move-in checklist at that point. Hopefully, they can scan and email that to me once it is completed so I don’t have to try and file it somewhere.

What other kinds of things will I need to do? Set up the internet, move my Roku account, buy and register a car (serious paperwork there), get a library card, and change my address for so many things: credit cards, Amazon, BN.com, etc. I’m trying to start a collection of all the things I receive in the mail so I can ask to be taken off the mailing lists, so they don’t follow me and add to my piles of papers: catalogs, theater mailers, and the like. I plan to go through my file boxes here and scan a lot of the documents that I feel should be kept, so I don’t have to drag those boxes across the Pacific with me. To paraphrase, “let my papers go!” Not only am I being mindful of the amount of “stuff” I hold onto, I want to be environmentally responsible too. 🙂