A arrival of 8 vacpack bags I had ordered felt like I could suddenly shrink lots of our stuff into a much smaller spaces. Well our wardrobes at least. Mine and my husband wardrobes are now blissfully organised with just the things for the next few weeks. Some of the kids things have joined the bags and some coats too! So with that I have filled 3 jumbo bags!
Typing this reminds me I have a case full of stuff in the roof to shrink but I am going to go through that again and decide, do I really need it? Opening the wardrobe doors this morning was so lovely and as I am now packing stuff away and bit by bit leaving only what we need in the next few weeks. Which is two weeks here and one week away it reminds me of how and why holidays feel so much more relaxed. You just take and have what you need, No clutter, no major excess just the things you need or may need on your holiday.
Obviously that wouldn’t be enough with the way our lives are now, but it makes me thinks that when you see those smiling faces in very poor countries and they have next to nothing perhaps our things hold us back a bit.
Very deep, sorry but I love things don’t get me wrong, but also really enjoyed that very calm wardrobe this morning too!
So it is Friday and I said the attic would be done by then. I am pretty much there to be honest. Books for the food bank 4 boxes of, 1 more bag for charity, a pile of stuff for the tip.
Stuff we are keeping, 75% boxed I think. The case of clothes mentioned above that I will sort today and the Christmas decorations to de-clutter too! I am not looking forward to that. Christmas last year felt so sad and everyday that sadness is still with me. Ironically I move into our new house when my sister would have been turning 45 that day in New Zealand had she been still here. When I knew the date I nearly pulled out as for me, but then I thought, Heather would have liked this house, she would have approved of the reasons for moving and she want me to be happy for her much-loved niece (she loved Oscar too but she had a very special connection with Bex) if nothing else.
This whole project of not really moving but sorting stuff out has been good. Giving away feels good and sorting through things that have made me cry has been good too. All the things that have made me feel sad I have kept, not to make me feel sad again just because they mean something. I have two cards ready to frame both from my sister. One my last years birthday card, which is so perfect and the other one she gave me before we had children. a lovely elephant card.
I also found lots of letters written from my Grandparents and Uncle mainly. I thought how sad that the art of letter writing is so lost now to emails and texts. I think I may start writing to someone special every month and I know exactly who it is going to be.
So to the roof I will go, after a cup of tea and a walk with the dogs!
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