Buenos Aires, by Noelia Diaco. Photo is not visible, used only for sharing on social networks.

Finding a place for our stuff, with Sketchup

August 27, 2011
By Ben

We're each bringing to Argentina two suitcases and two carry-ons. Shipping a crate is too expensive, and we don't need that much stuff anyway. The rest of our things, we're either selling, throwing away, or putting in storage.

I like the idea of throwing things away and starting fresh every year or two - otherwise I'll end up with a house full of old shit collecting dust, and need a bigger house to hold all of it... as George Carlin so brilliantly put it:

Anyway, how much storage space do we need for the stuff we think is important enough to keep for a year? (That's the stuff I'll open in a year and not think, why the hell did I keep this in a box all year?) To figure that out, I turned to Sketchup (Google's free 3D/CAD tool). There were many options - big units, small units, PODs, a lot of known items to put in them (dresser, bed, bicycle, etc), and an unknown number of boxes. It came out like this:

The best option seemed to be a large unit, 8'x8'8x6'. It would probably have a little more space than necessary, but it would leave some walking space, and leeway for things we haven't anticipated. It should end up looking something like this:

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