One of the only things I *enjoy* about moving is the possibility of starting fresh.
Before moving to Seattle, we were living in Ann Arbor, Michigan because my husband was attending grad school at U of M. When we accepted jobs in Seattle, we made the – almost – cross-country trek to the West Coast and I saw that as an opportunity to purge. So we (by we I mean mostly me), decided to donate, sell or toss those things that weren’t useful to us anymore – furniture, clothes, school stuff, etc and came to Seattle with only the things we loved. And if we needed more things, then we could add on as we saw fit.
Fast forward 15 months and we are still in the purging phase. When moving to the condo from the apartment, I donated 4 bags of my clothing, 2 bags of my husband’s clothing and we sold a sofa, one closet, our king size bed and a mattress.
Some of the things that I do to purge involve invoking my memory and asking / wondering if we used it in the past year. If the answer is ‘no,’ it goes to either a Donate (if in good condition) or Toss pile. Sometimes I prefer to donate instead of selling, just because I think that others might use it more and love it more than I do. We try not to hold on to things just because we love them, but sometimes it’s hard! For example, recently, my husband showed me two great coats he hasn’t worn in two years. I told him to donate them, but he isn’t ready yet. So we set them aside and in January we will re-evaluate. If he didn’t wear them by then, then off they go to someone who needs them more.
Moving reminds me of the joy of living with just the necessary. Because it’s incredibly amazing the amount of stuff one can collect in one year.
So from the move we have learned a number of things, the number one thing has been learning to acknowledge that we don’t need that much! Why store sweaters or coats we haven’t used in years “just in case I need them”? Or maybe samples of my work (I studied journalism and wrote for a newspaper) in the form of 5 or 6 copies of each edition of the paper with my stories in them? Just one is enough! More than enough.
What I am trying to say is that, yes, we moved to a bigger place, with bigger things and more storage space, but we also downsized. And now we have just what we need and nothing more. And that is perfectly OK with us.
As a side note: I’m participating in Apartment Therapy’s 2015 ‘Closet Cure’ and really excited about it! Today’s turn was sweaters. Luckily, I am good about them, but I still have a couple that I separated for donation. Hopefully, by the end of the week, we will have big piles of stuff to donate. The #bigpurge continues thanks to AT! If you would like to participate in this challenge, there is still time! Sign up here.
Source: Homepolish Mag via Instagram (don’t you love that art!?)