We are currently packing/winnowing our belongings for our move to our temporary home–and putting some things away for “deep storage” — only to be opened once we are in our laneway home. Christmas decorations; vases; my collection of insulators(yep, you heard right, insulators); my “good” dishes and crystal; you know, stuff you only use once in a while.
But why keep them at all? If you only use them once in a while, or if they are not useful (i.e. insulators), why keep them?
Because they hold meaning for me.
In our new place, we will have very limited storage for clothes — one closet shared by two people. We are hoping to have some shelves to store some things like jewellery, hats and accessories, but for the most part the closet will be the total of our clothes storage. This is not such a big deal to me. I am not that interested in clothes. And shoes? I was able to clear out half my shoe cupboard because I discovered four pairs of identical low-heeled black pumps, and near-duplicates of every other pair of shoes I own. A small closet will be fine for me.
On the other hand, the metrosexual I married loves clothes. He also dresses carefully, takes excellent care of his clothes and shoes, accessorizes thoughtfully. He will cringe when it comes to sharing a closet. And he will find a way to store everything he really wants to keep.
That’s the point I am trying to make. You get rid of a lot of things, but you will find a way to keep everything you really love.
Just 240 square feet, you’ll see art on the walls and books every where. Even in a little cubby library off the lofted bedroom.
What is it you couldn’t give up? Not in a “one minute to leave a burning building” situation, but where you could only take the most precious of your belongings?