Oh! Our aching backs…

*Sunday Update 2*

Seven huge bins and five boxes later, we have amassed enough stuff for the garage sale to decorate two homes.  Found more clothes!  The garage sale is getting bigger and the stuff in our house is getting smaller.  We are still digging out and there is much work to be done yet.  We also found another bathroom box…SIGH.  Almost all of it went to the TRASH bin.  We did find some much-needed items.  One of the nice things we own is an industrial scrubber.  In the last move, we lost the charger for it, I am happy to report the juice is flowing into it from the wall now.

Today, I have also discovered there is going to have to be another pare down after we take the last box to storage.  We are keeping what I feel, in the end, will be entirely too much stuff.  So far the stuff I am keeping:  Two boxes of frame pictures that our grand-kids and kids gave us, three small boxes of knick-knacks (all sentimental) and the two previously mentioned, boxes of clothes.  We are filling one shelf on a five-shelf,  bookshelf with books.  My husband is keeping: some Christmas lights, a few personal items, and tools.  The storage room is mostly empty, but I don’t know how much space we will have in the new future house. I am fine with our current keeps, but I know by the time we finish we will have more saves.  I never intended to be a minimalist by definition, but I did intend to take good aim at it.  I feel like as time goes on, I will get rid of more items.

I have heard of tried and true minimalists holding onto to things for six months and deeming if they are worth keeping after that.  That means I have to keep my items for two years and six months.  The reason I say that is, it will be that long before we have a house bigger than just the trailer.  Who knows maybe I will change my mind on some of the less important things later.  I’d like to say I’m gravitating toward minimalism one day at a time.  I’ve already gotten rid of more things than I ever thought I would!  Everything we own today has been dragged through three moves.  What remains today is the new stuff we brought in since last May, and the surviving items of the most recent pare down.  Now half of the aforementioned items are hugging the garage sale shelf.  I believe the whole point, is to not bring anything else new in during the final process.  I am happy to report I acquired zero souvenirs from our Florida trip.  THAT is history in the making. Nor did I bring back anything to junk up anyone else’s house.

I am proud my husband and I are taking these steps, it is hard letting go of your possessions.  A lot harder than I make it sound.  You feel like people who bought you items twenty years ago, are going to haunt you during your garage sale.  Guess what, unless you remind them, they probably won’t even remember what they bought you.  Do you remember everything you ever bought someone else?  Have a good couple of days and take care!





Published by: Midlifemimi

My husband and I are working toward a life of simplicity. We have six children and twelve grand-kids. This August we will be expecting our first Great-grandchild. My husband works full time and as of now, I am a stay at home wife. Our big house is up for sale. We currently live in a travel trailer near my husband's work. We recently purchased land and are anxiously looking forward to moving, but there are a few hangups.

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