Saturday, May 10, 2014

Things are coming together...


The logistics of moving are a nightmare! Not only do we have to stage and declutter our home in St Louis, and get it ready to sell but we have to work on the visa's for Mexico. We are continuing to build parts our home in Merida as well working on all the hassle of moving the stuff we want to bring . And I do have to mention we are taking our 4 cats.
3 of my 4 cats, L to R, ragdoll, tonkinese and maine coon..the siamese was shy..all rescues

However we have made some strides! I have sold many bookcases and other furniture on Craig's List. A hundred year old dinning set was given to cousins in Iowa and was picked up last weekend. I'm so happy as it was a wedding gift when we lived in York, Pa and I wanted it to stay in the family!. They also took the black forest cuckoo clock.....I have all Carlos' books packed in boxes as well as our mask collection, some dishes and pottery. Now I am working on CD's, DVD's and photographs.
Most all of our other furniture, couches, chairs, end table, beds and desks are spoken for. Next I will go through linens and bedding and decide what is good enough to move and donate the rest...perhaps to a rescue organization.
While I was in Merida two weeks ago I asked someone if there was something they wished they had brought but did not and I was surprised by the answer...it was lamps and lamp shades...so I have decided to bring a few of my lamps.
Meanwhile in Merida we have added a few new to us pieces of furniture and it's getting more comfortable. There is so much space I don't think it will ever look cluttered, but just in case I have lots of closets and storage spaces!
New Upper Cabinets

New to us Couch in First Room
Brought a small TV down in my suitcase.... really surprised customs!
We have received information on shipping a container via land from St Louis to Panama City, FL than by sea to Progresso, Yucatan where it would go through customs and than overland to our home in Merida. We were surprised how reasonable a 20 foot container is.. Of course we would still need to hire a customers broker which can be pricey as well as store our goods here in St Louis until one of us has a permanent visa... still it is under the $'s we had allotted for the move!
So I am still painting rooms and fixing small items and we hope that by the end of May or Mid June we have our house here in St Louis on the market....cross your fingers it sells fast.. and for a great price!

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  1. The St. Louis house looks really cool. I'm sure it will sell in no time! Naturally, I'll be eager to hear how the shipping works out for you! I'm sitting here with 20 years of clutter and wondering what's going on a trip and what's going to Goodwill.

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    1. Before you do goodwill, try selling some of your things on Craigs List. Than you have more $$'s to spend on your furnishing in Merida!

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  2. So exciting, its all coming together now.

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  3. You are well on your way. This is a great time to put your home on the market. We're wishing you great luck because we want our new Merida neighbors down here soon! I agree, lamps, lamps, lamps, MORE good sheet sets, and enough good cotton tee shirts to fill up an entire room. I would dearly love to have fragrance and dye-free laundry detergent and softener. Haven't found it here.

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    1. This last trip I brought three sets of king sheets, percale 100% cotton bought on e-bay, new from Bloomingdales for under 30 a set...I'm looking for more!

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  4. So interesting to read about another's process! Thank you for sharing. Shipping household goods is the big ? for me, and I hope when my day comes I get a pleasant surprise as well.

    In my case it will be from Seattle to San Miguel - but I've heard the containers are 7x7x4 and each quite expensive, and of course they final cost is determined by weight/distance thus until it's packed and ready to go the final figure won't be in. Ack! I guess at that point there's nothing to do but hold your nose and jump in and hope the water's fine!

    I know all too well the sorting and packing. Sooooo much more of it to do!

    Wishing you well on the sale of your house. I'm to come on that as well.


    Barbara

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    1. Couldn't you send it by sea from Seattle to Manzanillo than overland? The 20 foot container will be brought to our house in St Louis and we pack it...The quote was under 5,000. US

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    2. I've not known of this way until now! Oh my...the possibilities! Would you please tell me what company you're using? Thank you SO much!

      Barbara

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