Just let that sink in for a minute. You'll start to get an understanding of how complicated it might be to ship all of your worldly possessions to the other side of the globe.
A twenty foot shipping container is, in fact, 19'4" long by 7'8" wide by 7'10" tall. [Source]
It was difficult for me to picture this accurately in my head. How much STUFF can we fit in 20x8x8 (approximately). As much as I am capable of measuring out each dimension, the VOLUME escaped me.
So I built a shipping container in my dining room.
Well, actually, I purchased some 1/2" PVC piping and, with the help of my adult son, Joe, cut the pieces to the proper length and set up a big box frame around the dining room table (and well into the room next door, enclosing the baby grand piano). It has occurred to me - we can fit a WHOLE BUNCH of STUFF in a box this big!
It sure has helped me visualize the space we have, setting up this structure.
Okay - for those of you planning to follow along, some pointers.
- 7'10" tall is VERY TALL. You'll need a chair for the fabrication.
- Don't glue the pieces together unless you want a permanent art project in your house
- PVC is not used for structural support for a reason. You may need to tape one side to a wall.
- Just because it will fit in the space you have mapped out, doesn't mean that the shippers will pack it like you think they will.
- I am not a shipping expert.
We are now making plans to actually bring a piano with us! Maybe not the baby grand. We are negotiating trading it in for an upright. We'll see.