We’ve lived in our home for 12 years now and I’m embarrassed to say that more ‘stuff’ has come through the front door and very little has ever left.
To give you some idea, our linen closets couldn’t possibly hold another towel let alone facecloth. Some of those linens date back to when I was in high school…Yikes! I have 3 turkey platters and 2 extra large roasting pans….well just because you never know when you’re having another Christmas dinner for oodles of people. One must be prepared.
Our upcoming RTW trip was the perfect reason to tackle this over-indulgent, near hoarding mentality of collecting material belongings. We’re leaving the country for at least a year and we’ve got tenants moving into the house. Albeit, we’re renting the house as furnished, that doesn’t mean they want all of our stuff in the drawers, closets and cupboards. Yikes, we’ve got a mammoth task on hand that has a July 1st deadline!
Where to begin? We all agreed that we’d tackle the job one room at a time and try to close the door behind us and call it ‘done’. Hah! Let me tell you it’s not as easy to do as it sounds. Piles were created; 2 ‘keep’ piles (one was ‘use now’, the other ‘box for storage’), donate, sell, trash were the other designated piles.
Dutifully we’ve managed to go through all of the upstairs and remove everything that wasn’t essential for the tenant. With our belongings sorted , the four of us moved into the one bedroom basement suite. Yup, think it as a very cozy precursor to a year of travel ahead.
The last week of June was spent washing the walls, repairing nail holes, wiping down cupboards, washing floors, cleaning, cleaning and then a little more cleaning.
It’s done though. We’re happy to greet our new tenant to the city and into his new home. As it turns out, we’re not missing the space or any of the belongings we got rid of in one fashion or another. It’s in fact quite liberating. A new leaf, a re-birth, a sense of freedom as been put in it’s place. Life is good.