"Packing and moving is overwhelming." I texted Mr. Romantic one late August Sunday morning as I was alone at the condo looking over my stuff. Even though I've gotten rid of many, many, things over the past year and a half, I still have stuff. And that stuff needed to be moved out of the condo.
Now that all of that stuff has been moved, Mr. Romantic and I are working on finding a place for whatever I moved into our home. Two fully functioning households need to be combined. So far, he’s been excellent in making room for me in our home, even if that means getting rid of some of his stuff.
We’ve been deciding together whose stuff to keep. For example, some of my small appliances (like my food processor and blender) were better quality than the ones he had, so we kept mine. But most of his pots and pans were much better quality than mine, so we kept his. However, I did supplement with a few of mine when he didn't already have something equivalent that I enjoy using.
Whatever we’ve been getting rid of, we’ve brought to charity. Boxes and boxes of stuff have already been donated. I'm sure we’ll have more to give since we’re still working on it. And hopefully things will be settled sooner rather than later.
What?! It’s been over a month since you’ve moved and you’re still working on it?! What’s taking you so long?
Gee you’re a little nosy and excited aren’t you? J
Well, you see, we decided to live these past few months. Outings and camping and trips were priorities for us. Yes, I still had to take care of having my stuff moved and put away, but that wasn’t our main focus.
Now as we’re trying to figure out where everything will go, I realize that there’s still a lot more purging I (we) could do.
I have plans. Of course you do! I have plans to go through all of my stuff again as I’ve done in the past. Things have a tendency to creep back into my environment. Moments of weakness or stress or inattention and BAM! Stuff!
Where are you going to start? The bedroom, I think. This weekend I’ll go through my vanity again to make sure I use whatever I’ve kept. If not, out it goes. Then my closet. I’ve recently bought new clothes that are more suited to my new job, but I haven’t accounted for that. So I have to make room and get rid of the unnecessary, worn out and unloved.
This minimalist lifestyle is and will always be a work in progress. Just like with any good habit, you need to maintain it to get the results you’re striving for.