Packing Frenzy!

Haaaaaaa…. I only have one month left here in Japan and right now I am trying to sort out all my stuff and get it packed.  So far I have managed to sort it into things I need to take home, want to take home and don’t-need-or-want-to-take-home.  Even so,…. I have a LOT of work ahead of me.  It is hard not to get overwhelmed by it all!  I just have to be thankful that, for once, I haven’t procrastinated! …too much!

Of course, I am trying to save as much money as I can.  (Especially since I don’t have a job lined up for me back home!)  Thankfully, I have already managed to sell all of my furniture and household appliances to the incoming teachers… but that still leaves a lot of stuff to take care of! I definitely can’t afford to ship it all home!

I did a packing dry-run today and it looks as though I will be able to fit all of my clothing in my luggage… and not much else.  I have bags upon 45l bags full of excess clothing that I need to somehow get rid of.  I miss Goodwill and D.I!  Japan lacks second-hand clothing stores.  Okay, not entirely true… they do exist, but they are harder to find!  I am hoping someone will accept all of my clothing.

I also managed to whittle my book collection down to two 15lbs boxes that I plan to send in the mail via boat.  Hopefully it won’t cost too much!  (-_-;;)  There is supposed to be a special rate for printed material called a tokubetsu yuuta intastu butsu, or, an “M bag”.  I am really hoping it is true and that my non-academic books will be accepted! It was very difficult deciding which books to keep!  … now I also have to go and sell my remaining books to other ALTs or to BookOff.  *siiiiiiigh!

Then there is the matter of all the knick-knacks and souvenirs I have accumulated through-out the years!  I don’t know what to do with them all!  I know I don’t need to bring a lot of my stuff home with me.  I am trying to focus on my art supplies, my electronics, scrapbooking material such as old tickets, brochures, stamps and stickers…  and small gifts I have received.  Which reminds me, I will probably need to leave space for gifts from students and co-workers etc…

That still leaves a LOT of junk to throw out!

…getting rid of garbage in Japan is a pill!  It is all separated into types.  Combustible, non-combustible, plastic and vinyls, plastic bottles, batteries, cardboard/newspapers/magazines…. so on and so forth.  I wish I could just put all the trash together in one can!  Or even two or three different types… but this is just a pain in the behind!  めんどうくさい!

I have heard that there DO exist some independent incinerators in the city though.  You can bring in as much as you like and they charge you by how much it all weighs.  I will probably end up bringing a couple carloads!  (Hey!  My car is tiny!)

Last but not least is my computer.  I am loathe to part with it.  It is barely a year old!  And it is a beautiful 21.5″ iMac desktop with the LED backlit HD screen.  If I tried to sell it independently I could possibly get $700 for it.  Softmap will give me $510 for it.  Either way, I will need to spend money on a new computer.  Ideally, I would want the same computer… brand new, they start at around $1,000.  So, I would be spending anywhere from $300 to$490 to get it.  OR- I could risk sending it home via mail (in it’s original shipping box) for around $130.  To be delivered in about 2 weeks via air and land.  That is with insurance.  I am hoping they won’t turn me away.  It is within the insurable rate and within the right size and weight so it should be fine…. but I am a pessimist worrywart!

Aaaaaaah!  Only 28 days left!  Can I do it?!?!


About Mari-chan

I once lived abroad in Japan, teaching English. Now I am back in my hometown of Butte, Montana attending school as a MSTC candidate at Montana Tech where I now seem to spend all my hours! View all posts by Mari-chan

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