Today at 11 am, I moved out of my house at 5560 Forbes. A townhouse with 4 rooms, living room, dining room, a basement, and 2.5 bath for $1800/month. I never liked the management. I learned what true girl drama meant in that house, how to live with thirtysomethings, all about HCI, how to cook and so much more…a place of history that I couldn\’t say it compared to my experience in Berkeley.
One year and ten months ago, I arrived there with two large suitcases, a big box, a bag of blankets/pillows, a pc desktop and a backpack. Now I leave with two large suitcases, a big box, a bag of blankets/pillows/towels, three canvas bags full of junk, a backpack with my speakers, and my laptop bag. Not bad. But I didn\’t mention how I already gave a box of books, three large suitcases, and a partially filled duffel bag to my parents
This morning at 7 am, I looked at my room. A deep long look. Empty. Nearly void of dust. You could see the imprints from my bed and desk, now gone, taken away from shoppers on craigslist. No more posters on the walls. Empty. I gave it a final wave as I went down the stairs, my steps echoing the walls.
People love free stuff. I posted an on craigslist saying that I was giving away a lot of free stuff. Glass cups, shot glasses, wine glasses, silverware, plates, frames, paintings, my old roommates\’ clothes, a Brookstone massager, 2 toasters, 4 mirrors, beanbag, pillows, blankets, spices, bakeware, a round table, hangers, bath mats, ice cream, jams, knives, chairs, trash cans, 4 vases, welcome mats, coffee tables… Amazingly, so many people came. Two of my friends now have apartments that are Jennified. Most people that came had just bought a house or just arrived from out of town and wanted free things. A German couple came to buy a bed and negotiated the price down to $30 from $35. When I offered them free stuff, they gave me $40 for everything. Then a woman came by from a ministry for charity to get clothes, which was great. All I know is that I still can\’t let go of anything to waste. And I am never doing this again–ending the lease of a house where I was not a tenant from the beginning.