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I am now the proud owner of 50 boxes…

I am now the proud owner of 50 boxes.

Not 50 boxes of anything

just 50 boxes.

50 boxes that were purchased on Saturday from the U-haul store and then wheeled/carried home.

Turns out that the U-haul closest to us no longer has a “leave a box, take a box” box. Apparently one of the employees threw it away recently because it was old and ratty.

It wouldn’t have mattered it the box for free boxes was still there anyway since no one has dropped of any boxes at that location in a while anyway.

So we had to dip into our moving savings account to buy boxes.

After some discussion, and confirming that U-haul will buy back unused boxes, we decided to buy two bundles of 25 flattened boxes.

Plus a queen sized mattress bag to use when we move, but this story is about boxes.

After paying for the boxes we then unfolded our utility cart

and discovered that the cart was too small

or the bundles of boxes were too big

Either way, the two bundles of 50 folded boxes were not going to fit in our cart for the walk home.

For probably at least the 1,000th time in our lives we regretted not bringing our bungee cords with us.

We were able to “fit” one bundle in the cart, but the other had to be carried the couple of miles back home.

The cart was top-heavy, and attempting to maneuver it across roads was even more of a struggle than normal as it wanted to go any direction but straight.

But the real nightmare was the 6 sets of active train tracks that we had to get across to get home.

Having crossed 2 out a set of 4 I noticed the crossing arm lights beginning to flash red and started a near run with that top-heavy cart to get across the last two, hoping that the bundle of boxes wouldn’t fall out onto the tracks.

They did not fall out, and I managed to make that 90 degree turn that was needed to get on the other side of the fence and on the correct side of the crossing arm, despite the boxes catching on a sign near the fence and having to back up and try again.

We got across with time to spare

to see the train was on one of the tracks that we had already crossed

Although, as these things go, I’m sure that had we been moving more slowly that train would have been on that last track we were trying to get across.

When we had already crossed all the roads and train tracks that we needed to cross and were just up the hill from home we realized that had we moved the boxes in the cart slightly and kept a hand on the second set the entire time we could have used the cart to carry both bundles of boxes for parts of the trip.

It’s awesome when you realize when you are almost finished with something that you made things harder for yourself than they needed to be.

But, no matter how they could have been brought home

I am now the proud owner of 50 boxes.

Go Minimal

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3 thoughts on “I am now the proud owner of 50 boxes…

  1. Sorry, this only made me laugh because I can see this totally happening to me if we didn’t have a car. As it is, we are moving 50 miles up the road so I am sure I will have my own adventures to share soon enough! 😀

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