Adventures in Moving, Part 1

  • By Meadow Brook
  • 03 Feb, 2017

Getting rid of stuff!

I’ve moved several times throughout my life; in college, I moved in and out of dorms every semester; after college, I lived in several different residences before settling down at my first apartment here at Meadowbrook; and now, after ten years in the same place, it’s time to move again. 

As I prepare to move this summer, I thought it would be a great opportunity to post a series of blogs to help others who will be moving this year. This first installment involves paring down one’s possessions . . . or getting rid of STUFF! 

As one gets older, it gets very easy to accumulate a lot of stuff; even more so if you have a family. ( Kids, man. . .   ) After I made the decision to move, it became abundantly clear that there was absolutely no way that all my belongings were coming with me.

 However, I didn’t just want to throw all my discarded items into the dumpster—that seems pretty wasteful, and basically puts the burden of my lifestyle choices ( must keep stuff! ) onto our city’s sanitation workers—and that’s not cool. So what other options do I have?

 Because I have the luxury of 5 months to prepare for this move, I had the time to do a little research. And you know what? Lawrence has A TON of organizations and businesses that will take discarded items and make sure they get to the appropriate disposal sites or to people who need them. (We live in a great town!) 

You can see a complete list here of Recycling/Repurposing options from the city of Lawrence . The city has done a great job of consolidating a lot of information and making a searchable page on their website , so I definitely encourage you to take a moment and check it out.  But I will mention just a few of the locally-based organizations in this blog.  

  Ballard Center/Penn House :   These non-profits provide a variety of valuable services to the community, including early-childhood education, utility assistance, free or reduced cost clothing, case management, and job training. Gently-used clothing, shoes, and outerwear can be dispersed to local folks in need and children’s toys and educational items in good condition can be used at their Pre-K education center. They may also be able to use quality furniture!

  Social Service League :   This locally-run charity dates back to 1863, working to help needy people get back on their feet and learn to be self-sustaining. It’s non-profit thrift store at 905 Rhode Island provides discounted or free goods to people in need, including people who have escaped abusive relationships, families starting anew, growing children who need clothes and shoes, and job seekers who need professional clothing for interviews. (I also just donated three bridesmaid dresses that have been in my closet for years to use for their Prom Dress Giveaway in March!)

  Lawrence Habitat for Humanity ReStore :   Another non-profit organization, they take gently used (non-upholstered) furniture, building materials, home accessories, and appliances and sell them back to the public at reduced costs. The proceeds go toward local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

 

There are also several places to take unwanted computer equipment and electronics, and used cell phones.

 

Computer equipment/electronics:  According to the City of Lawrence, Best Buy, Doctor Dave, Goodwill, Office Depot, and UNI computers can take many of these types of items; however, you will want to contact them to find out if there are minimum working specifications or if there are disposal fees for non-working equipment.

  Used Cell phones : Any of the local cell phone stores can take your used cell phones, but there are a couple local organizations that can repurpose them for folks in need. Douglas County Senior Services and Women’s Transitional Care Services are both non-profit organizations that will take your used cell phone, battery and charger and give the restored equipment to people who need them, but may not otherwise be able to afford them.

 Stay tuned for more blogs as I continue on this Adventure in Moving. . .  

By Meadow Brook 03 Mar, 2017

It’s a cold weekend in February. I am kid-free and have no plans this particular Sunday afternoon. In order to keep my moving prep on schedule, I decide that I’m going to go ahead and get my walls cleared off and prepped.

No big deal, right? Just need to get nails out and fill the holes. It’s 2pm--I’ll be done by dinner. . .

[Skip ahead 4 hours] . . .Not done yet. . .

By Meadow Brook 03 Feb, 2017

I’ve moved several times throughout my life; in college, I moved in and out of dorms every semester; after college, I lived in several different residences before settling down at my first apartment here at Meadowbrook; and now, after ten years in the same place, it’s time to move again. 

As I prepare to move this summer, I thought it would be a great opportunity to post a series of blogs to help others who will be moving this year. This first installment involves paring down one’s possessions . . . or getting rid of STUFF! 

By Meadow Brook 13 Dec, 2016

1.   Make arrangements to pay January rent.
January is the easiest month to forget to pay your rent. You can certainly pay your rent online, but if you want to avoid the transaction fees, you can pay your rent before you go or leave a post-dated check with the office. (We can hold post-dated checks as long as they are dated before January 5!)

2.   Keep the heat turned on.  
Your lease requires you to leave the heat set to 60 degrees during the winter months, even if you are away from your apartment.  

Why? -->The heat from the apartments in the building is enough to keep water pipes running smoothly.
          No heat = frozen water and broken pipes.  
          Broken pipes = lots of water running all over.  
       Who pays for this damage? -->Whomever turned their heat off.

By Meadow Brook 21 Nov, 2016

It’s the week of Thanksgiving. For most people, this is about the time when the cravings for turkey and pumpkin pie overwhelm any desire to be productive. For me, it simply means I have four days to get my apartment clean before family comes over. . .

By Meadow Brook 16 Nov, 2016
Many times in the last several years, the leasing team has sat in the office discussing topics that come up often in our line of work; these topics include educating new renters, methods of passing on relevant information to residents without being too aggressive, and even finding unobtrusive ways to connect the different types of people in our community.  Most of the time these conversations end the same way--with lots of ideas, but no immediate plan of action.  

We finally decided to start the "Meadow-blog".  

To some, jumping on the blog bandwagon at this point may seem a bit outdated--even "passe".  But hey, better late than never, right?  

In all seriousness, though, we aren't writing a blog just to write a blog.  Our goal here is to create a hub of information that will be useful to our residents, both current and prospective.  In the immediate future, we plan on passing on helpful cleaning tips (which may be very useful before moving out of a home), fun DIY decoration projects that won't damage your home (i.e. affect your security deposit), resources (both physical and online) that may be of use to people in our community, and lease reminders (including dates that are important to remember.)  

We have no set timeline for our blog posts, so we'll post as we have the time to create content.  And hey--if you have an idea for a post in the Meadow-blog, let one of us know.
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