Mom and I spent most of today finishing up my packing. Which is to say, doing the remaining 40-50% of the packing that I had not already done. (She's a pro and goes at it full force; I aspire to the rank of 'novice' because I'm too lazy to invest a proper amount of time in the process.) So most of what I own is now in a box of some description. And tomorrow, all of my furniture and those many boxes will be loaded into the 'ReloCube' currently sitting in my driveway, so the moving company can come get it and schlep it across the country for me.
The process of packing revealed to me how much stuff I have and has renewed my need to be less of a pack rat and be more choosy about what I spend my money on, and what I keep/don't throw away when I know I don't need it anymore/won't use it again. Hoarder? No. Unintentional keeper-of-the-unnecessary? Si. And yet, for all the seemingly endless amounts of stuff we packed, it will all fit in a 6'3" x 7' x 8'4" cube (that's only 336 cubic feet, folks).
Side note: The mere fact that all of this stuff will undoubtedly go in this fairly small container is due to the hours my mom, The Master Packer, has put into calculating and re-calculating exactly how every single item will fit in that thing. We've measured every piece of furniture and counted all the tubs and boxes, and she has determined the exact order in which each item will go into the cube, etc. Some will go in upside down; the book cases will be filled to the brim with items in smaller boxes and bags (easier to load/unload if you can just yank the bags in and out); the desk is two separate pieces and each piece will be put in separately; etc.). No space will be wasted and I sincerely doubt there will be anything that I have to decide 'toss it or store it at my parent's house for now?' because she has accounted for every literal inch.
We've made a few pictures, but once we get on the road (Mom, my sister, and I), we'll really get picture-happy and my new Flickr account will be put to good use! So check back soon because there will be Road Trip stories to tell, funny Route 66 pix to share, and I'll officially become an 'AlaFornia Girl'!! :)