“Don’t touch my bags if you please…
…Mr. Customs Man!” (Good old Arlo – I just love that guy).
So, I’ve been wondering for several weeks now if it would be likely that I could get these two pumpkins through customs in a barrel. Anyone think that might be possible? Because it sure would save us a lot of plane fare.
We’ve had 3 huge barrels sitting in our living room for about a month now. One is packed. That was actually the first one one to arrive. Arp has to drive down into Jersey to pick them up. With some maneuvering, we figured out how to get two of them in the car. They are huge. It’s a tight squeeze. I’m not sure if the picture does it justice. The barrels are 3.5 feet tall and have a 2 foot diameter. When J stands inside of it. it completely swallows her up. M’s head just barely peeks out.
In case you were wondering what these barrels are for – we are packing some things up to eventually send down to Costa Rica. We’ve been packing up some of the things we can live without for a few months, especially heavy things! So far, we’ve packed mostly books and toys. One of my next projects will be to pack up a bin that is entirely baby-related stuff. Cloth diapers, baby clothes and toys for the first year. I will also most likely dedicate an entire bin to crafts supplies, art materials, and homeschool necessities (which isn’t much, in our case, but maybe reference books, and things like that). These bins will also eventually hold stereos, a small TV, and electric kitchen gadgets.
I have a feeling that the packing will kick into high gear once we get a contract on the house. But for now, we’re just beginning to understand what is like to pack for an international move. Part of it is really liberating – coming to terms with the fact that we own too much crap that we never use and don’t need. Shedding the weight of useless possessions feels great. But the dark side is that there are plenty of items that I have that I do like owning, but can’t justify the cost of shipping. Each barrel holds a lot, but each will cost somewhere between $250-$300 to ship. So I find myself wrestling with my own wishes a lot. I’ve heard of some people shipping their crap down in huge shipping containers for many many thousands of dollars. I’ve come to terms with the fact that we are not in that demographic. I guess I’m kind of glad about that. I would like to have a lot less clutter in my life, so using just a few (maybe 6 or 8 tops) of these barrels helps.
Think about this yourself – if you could only ship things in, let’s say, 5 barrels, what would you pack and what would you pass on?