Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Tenants pack up belongings for annual summer migration

Megan Murphy, left, a Kansas University graduate from Lenexa, and her mother, Linda Crosthwait, maneuver down a spiral staircase Friday with a container of clothes. Lawrence renters are making their moves among rental properties throughout this weekend and into next week.

Megan Murphy, left, a Kansas University graduate from Lenexa, and her mother, Linda Crosthwait, maneuver down a spiral staircase Friday with a container of clothes. Lawrence renters are making their moves among rental properties throughout this weekend and into next week.

July 28, 2007


Busiest moving weekend here

It's the last weekend of July; time to pack up and in some cases, move on. But no matter where you're moving from or moving to, the stress of the move can get to you. Enlarge video

City offers moving tips

  • Don't discard usable items. Instead, give them away.
  • Schedule a pickup for bulky appliances, like refrigerators, air conditioners and tires at 832-3032.
  • Schedule an appointment to drop off household hazardous waste at 832-3030.
  • Transfer or terminate water service at 832-7878 or go online to

Take one look around town this weekend, and it's obvious that July 31 is just around the corner. From moving trucks parked in driveways to furniture set by the curb, the tell-tale signs are in place that the busiest moving week of the year is about to start.

"Generally, it's whatever weekend falls close the end of July and beginning of August," said Lawrence solid waste supervisor Bob Yoos.

Most apartment leases expire July 31 and new ones start Aug. 1, so college students will spend this weekend packing up, moving out, and in some cases moving on.

"I just took my last final yesterday. I'm moving to Kansas City tomorrow," said Kansas University graduate Allison Lathrop while taking a brief break from packing at the house she rented near 12th and Tennessee streets.

Lathrop didn't seem to mind making trip after trip to the Dumpster in the alley behind her house. But moving can take its toll.

Counselors at Headquarters Counseling Center said moving ranks among the 43 most stressful events in a person's life.

"Any sort of new change or new environment causes a little bit of stress," said Ray Dalton, the center's director of volunteers.

He said renters may face even more stress because of the timing of leases.

"There's this window of time when there's no place for people to go, and that can certainly be very stressing," Dalton said.

To help reduce stress, he recommends taking time off from work if possible, mitigating other stressors, planning ahead and taking time to eat, drink water and sleep.

That advice goes for the movers as well as those hired to help during the process.

At Space Place, 1201 E. 24th St., co-owner Beverly Morgan said storage units have been full since May. She added that there's limited time available for rental trucks.

"It started getting full the first week of June for this weekend and next," Morgan said.

The city's solid waste crews also will be affected during the next couple of weeks.

"This is probably the hardest two or three weeks of the year, just in terms of the amount of material we have to collect," Yoos said. "We pick up all the normally scheduled trash as scheduled, but we send extra crews into areas with a lot of rental homes like apartment complexes and the Oread."

The city has canceled yard waste pickup Monday to make more crews available for solid waste collection.


cellogrl 6 years, 8 months ago

I have to say, I also am one of the former students who did not throw out big items. If I had stuff that would be worth it to others and was not broken, I took it to the Salvation Army. Dumpster divers were not very happy with me normally. And Alm77... way to go! Sounds like you scored a lot of nice stuff!


alm77 6 years, 8 months ago

Oh, and what happened to last years suggestions of separating actual garbage from items that are simply unwanted and labeling the unwanted items as "free". I saw a lot of that last year and thought that was a more responsible way to deal with it.


alm77 6 years, 8 months ago

Let the "dumpster" (or curb as it may be) diving begin!!

We've already scored two bicycles, a dart board, some landscaping material, a corner table, brand new clothes with the tags still on, chairs for my garden and a chair for my patio. And the days not over yet.

However, my husband also found two fifths of vodka which in my opinion was irresponsible to it being potentially dangerous if some child would have gotten a hold of it.


Pywacket 6 years, 8 months ago

Uh... If you've lived in this area as long as I have, you don't have to get all your info directly from this particular article. A lot of students (by no means all, so it can't be blamed on youth) have a reckless, cavalier attitude about acquiring and disposing of all kinds of stuff--from furniture and household goods they can't be bothered to take with them to dogs and cats that they leave behind to fend for themselves. Where did you get the idiotic idea that I am anti-student? (Talk about ignorant presumption...) Again--many students would never live this way. They mature into productive adults who would never live this way. (And they were likely raised by socially responsible parents who taught them some values.) It's the irresponsible, easy-come, easy-go wasteful slobs that give pause--those who perpetuate the throw-away mentality and who think nothing of leaving broken-down couches and end tables on the curb for someone else to deal with. Some of these kids are apparently too wealthy or too spoiled to care that they're leaving perfectly good things on the curb--a boon for the dumpster divers, perhaps, but dumpster divers can't clean all of it up. It would be better if these "educated adults" would borrow or rent a truck and take the better items to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, instead of straining the limits of the city trash collectors--and at the same time contributing to burgeoning landfills. It's appallingly lazy, insensitive, and wasteful to throw things in the trash that would be of good use to someone.

(For the record, NO, I don't clean out the basement and leave massive amounts of crap on the curb for the trash pick-up. If we have old furniture or large items that are too worn out to sell to fixer-uppers, we haul them away ourselves and pay to leave them at the landfill.)


Bowhunter99 6 years, 8 months ago

No... you and Merrill are the ones making assumptions. Where in the article does it say that they're dumping lots of s**t? The article points out that a lot of people are moving and additional trash is generated. Have you ever cleaned out your garage? your basement? YES? Did you perhaps throw out some extra trash? Yes? then... that's the same as these people moving and throwing some old stuff out.

You and all of the anti-students / anti-growth need to move to some other town. Lawrence is a c-o-l-l-e-g-e town. Tens of thousands of them leave on apartment complex, rental housing, etc,etc,etc. They all go out drinking and partying. If you can't deal with it, then perhaps you picked the wrong town to live on.

Perhaps Greensburg, KS... That way you can start from scratch and leave on a town where your deranged points of view may actually acccount for something. And please, take Boog with you. He'll make a great mayor on your city.


Pywacket 6 years, 8 months ago

bowhunter~ I agree with Merrill. Are you going to automatically assume that I dump a lot of s***, too, and only disapprove of others' dumping? I don't. And I doubt Merrill does it, either. Why assume hypocrisy with no evidence? I never did anything like that even when I was a student--a lot of people DON'T. What's so bad about pointing out what's wrong about being wretchedly wasteful?

Should we make irresponsible assumptions about YOU? Such as--if he's defending this practice, he must be one of the wasteful and lazy slobs who leaves their mess behind for others to deal with?


BS20 6 years, 8 months ago

This time is also somewhat helpful for Lawrence. Do you know how many parents come help their child move then get hotel rooms and eat out? Brings revenue to Lawrence.


Bowhunter99 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure Merrill moved to Lawrence before this city became a college town full of students in need of temporary housing...

I'm also sure Merrill has NEVER thrown anything away that's out of the ordinary.... Of course, when he does it, it's A-OK.... when someone else does it, it entails subsidizing some industry or big corporation.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Seems like some of our educated students learned to be so very wasteful while in Lawrence.

Who pays for this additional work each time students leave a mountain of consumer waste behind? I would rather this money go to funding WRAP. I for one am ready to cut this constant subsidizing of the leasing industry?


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