As I sat among the stacks of boxes, I said to myself, self I said, “How does one accumulate so much stuff in such a short time frame?” After 6 years we have relocated the Chamber to a new office. The one good thing I can say about moving is it does force a good cleaning out of desks, filing cabinets, and book cases. I must admit I am a bit of a pack rat. I come from a long line of them. My father was very good at squirreling away things he might need later, or could use to repurpose, or repair something. He learned those lessons from his father. Growing up in the depression and during WW II my grandfather was a master of “fixing” things. Not much he didn’t have in his own personal hardware store; nuts, bolts, nails and screws were kept in the scratch box. You just had to dig around a bit to find what you needed. My dad continued the tradition. In fact, I think he took it to a different level. I struggle with throwing things away; it must be part of my DNA seeing as how my grandfather and father were pack rats. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
When the time came to start packing for the move, I found myself in familiar territory going through years of items tucked away in desk drawers and the storage area. “Why did I keep this? Oh yeah it went to the, (insert item name here) you never know when you might need one of those.” I did manage to reduce the number of items I just couldn’t bear to part with significantly. It was a break through, which resulted in many trips to the dumpster.
One other good thing about moving is you find things you had forgotten or lost. There were a lot of trips down memory lane with old photos and items from the Chamber’s long history in this community. It made me smile even if the drudgery of cleaning out and packing was a dreaded task. I managed to stay on task for most of the day with the occasional side track to answer emails and the telephone. The computer was the only thing left on my desk when the movers arrived.
Days later I am still sitting among that stack of boxes. I have managed to unpack the essentials to continue operations. I am using the excuse of I will throw out more unneeded items if I take my time unpacking. I’ll report on the progress at another time. The new Chamber office is located on campus at 75 College Drive in the University Physical Plant Offices. Our new mailing address is P.O. Box 270 Montevallo, AL 35115. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 Am to 4:30 PM. Stop by and say hello, just move that box and have a seat !