As much as I regularly purge, and I do, it’s only when moving house that I tackle the ‘I wish you’d just disappear’ clutter. As far back as it lies, ignored, untouched, maybe even forgotten, it’s there until it’s hurled from hiding.
For me these pieces include – a set of awes for an inflatable boat – which now resembles a raisin; 5 camping chairs – we’ve never camped and we’re a family of four; three business card folders – had we not heard of iPhones?; a couple of thingy-ma-bobs, and a ridiculous number of extension cords, bicycle pumps, sports bags and board games.
I, once again, resolve to buy less as I unearth our excess. Maybe this time it’ll stick. It should, having successfully come through a similar lesson in our kitchen. Learning to eat healthfully meant seeing that we had too many dry, preservative-laden, empty ‘foods’. Too many “we’ll make your meal tasty” jars of promises.
Craig and I resolve to live in comparatively smaller homes, because let’s face it a house is much like a desk: the bigger it is the more one fills it. It’s time to have our home mimic our fridge – a finite space filled with only vital, functional and regularly enjoyed goods, giving realty to only the fine and fabulous.
Here’s my learnings while lightening our load
1. Either move often or simply stop buying, while still purging
2. Memories are carried in one’s mind and heart, ‘the stuff’ goes in boxes
3. Stare at it as much as you like, the box won’t pack itself
4. There are no magical midnight elves who take over the job of sorting (come to think of it, where’s my hubby?)
5. It’s always the small, last minute odds and ends that take the longest to pack. Donate, sell, share
6. Packer beware: One gets to do it all again at the other end, so pack smartly, for easy unpacking
And still no elves appears! (not the same as packing personnel, elves would instinctively know what to purge, as you do!)
1. I’m super organised (I can think of less complementary names)
2. I anticipate moving a lot (now our 9th time in 11 years)
3. I have an ample under-stairs storage area
4. I’ve now truly let go of relying on magical packing elves and their skills (good for self empowerment)
It’s amazing what one unearths when surrounded by little more than oneself!