no, not from this space. I'm moving house next week, and as usual,
I'm in a torpedo of stress from decision making (or things moving too
slow) to really enjoy it for what it is—the end of one chapter and
the start of a new one.
|Arguing with the Good Thing about what to keep|
being in a new house is great, what is not so great is the actual
getting stuff from one apartment to another. I hate moving. I don't
know how many times you've done it, but I've lived away from my
parents since I was 21. Fourteen years and eight homes later, I've
been a rolling stone all right, but one that has gathered plenty of
moss. I used to be happy with just a mattress on the floor—the
mattress became a single bed, which became a queen sized bed, and
finally now, a four poster which reminds me of being on a ship, so
wide and vast and heavy is it. And it has to go down three flights of
stairs and up another four.
aren't the only thing. Our bookshelves were deconstructed to make
wall fittings, but our books lie in piles on the floor, so many of
them that we could make them into independent furniture units of
their own. Everywhere I look, there's a book! I don't even remember
buying them all, and each time I wade through them, I find another
five I haven't read and don't have any recollection of owning. It's
|Navigating piles like a boss|
When the Good Thing and I married our households, we didn't get as much extra
stuff as you would think—I am a hoarder and he is just the
opposite, but what we did get was kitchen things. Now we have two of
everything in the kitchen—sometimes five, and most of them in not
great shape. Only one of our four non-stick frying pans is actually
non-stick, only one of the pressure cookers is big enough to cook for
now to my biggest dilemma: getting rid of stuff. There are several
ways to do it in this internet age, and I've tried most of them.
Number one is all the classified websites, your OLX and Quikr and
whatnot. These are useless, and I've had no luck the two times I've
tried them both. No one reads the ads carefully, so you're subject to
a lot of calls and messages asking questions to things that are
listed right there, and people bargaining with ridiculous numbers,
asking you to slash your asking price by about 90 per cent.
|This is the face of my internal monologue|
second way is to post the items for sale on your social media: I have
the best luck with Facebook. I cross-posted all my things on both my
personal page as well as groups known to people who are looking to
buy second hand things. There are a lot of time-wasters on these as
well, so really your best bet is do the transaction with people you
know. The third, and most traditional option, is to sell to your
local second-hand furniture guy. Delhi has a thriving market for
secondhand goods, where you can both buy and sell used furniture. The
only problem with this, as I can see, is that you won't get the price
you want, and you'll have to settle for selling it at peanuts. Which,
by this point, you're inclined to do anyway, because you're so
desperate to get rid of your things.
don't know why classified websites like Craigslist or Gumtree don't
work so well in India. In fact, I know that most people still go down
to the second hand furniture market to buy whatever they need,
instead of online. Maybe it's a paucity of people who share your
taste? Maybe because you feel more confident bargaining with the men
at Amar Colony, more than you would with an expat leaving the city
and selling all their things. Or maybe it's just because you think
second hand means there's something wrong with it, or why would you
be selling your things just to move from one house to another?
even found a website that sells used furniture online and allows you
to post pictures of your things so they can come by and give you a
quote for it. Sadly, they never replied to me, so I was forced to
slash prices on my Facebook, and wait for someone to gather their own
moss while I roll on.
(A version of this appeared as my column on mydigitalfc.com)
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