Ummm... I have that exact set that is shown in the article photo, but the washer is on the left and the dryer on the right. I was looking at it thinking "Why is this familiar?"
I've moved cross country 3 times: 1) Used ABF which is kind of like PODs but you fill up part of a semi trailer, section it off, and pay per foot. Cost: about $4000 including the (at the time) $99 cross country flight. 2) Used freightquote.com and packed what I wanted to move on a 40" x 48" palette. I had a lot of fun packing it, covering it with shrinkwrap, and then a forklift picked it up and put it in a semi. Cost: about $2000 not including flight (about $350). 3) Used FedEx and packed stuff into 18" x 18" x 24" boxes. By this time I had stopped moving with any furniture. Cost was about $1000 for 12 boxes and I drove the width of our great nation in 4 days (about $800 for gas and decent lodging). I enjoyed this option the most. There is a pattern here of shedding material possessions. Gradually, I got rid of lots of stuff I don't miss one bit. Finally, I got rid of all those books. Finding furniture is easy and the only thing I bought new is a bed. Since you are two persons, using the POD system is probably the best and you will have a new home with all your familiar stuff. I got rid of all the spices on the first move and emptied each container into the compost and recycled the containers. I buy salt and pepper new after each move along with cinnamon and chili powder.
Bold and whimsical? More like tasteless and kitsch. It's like a dog urinated in every room leaving its inimitable mark. Makes you want to wipe your feet ON THE WAY OUT.
I used to be in an advertising agency where everyone pretended they didn't have a home. It was very stressful and almost killed me. It's important to recognize the tradeoff between success and sanity.
Um... cheating? Cheating what? I avoid the entire holiday season from October to January. Is that cheating? I usually feel better around Valentine's Day but I don't get involved in that mess either.
Love the photo for this article. That pretty much sums up my feelings about free things.
Likewise. I was told to never quote a flat rate. When I do need to create an estimate I look at the number of hours it will take and then double it. Most people who farm out to freelancers are given no budget at all. They are required to find out how much something might cost and then sit around a conference table for the rest of the week trying to figure out how to do it more cheaply.
Is there a medication for orthorexia nervosa yet? Even better, a vaccine.
@HelloTheFuture Nope, I haven't written a single song, but am looking forward to the Coursera songwriting course, Date TBA! Did you ever read that Little Suzy Snowflake story? About the cannabis smoking backup singer that insists on recording the B-side, Let It Snow first? Mr. Boyle keeps it here as a holiday treat: http://www.tcboyle.com/news/tqwh.html
I'm the Princess and the Pea when it comes to sleeping pads for camping. I use two: a bulky self inflating monstrosity (contains foam rubber panels that inflate) and an enormous slab of foam rubber. My tent is about 1/4 padding. I sleep extremely well and definitely prefer camping to the weirdness of a motel. I tried an inflatable air-only mattress once but felt like I was sleeping on a blimp and the air in the mattress stays super cold. As long as you are car camping, go for the padding.