DH was out of town doing good works in Ottawa from Wednesday to Saturday last week. I had big plans to do a lot of packing, but surprised myself by actually doing less. I had forgotten how much work a person who works at home does while he’s home — working. There were piles of laundry that did not magically transform themselves into clean clothes; cat dishes that did not get filled; litter boxes that did not empty themselves; dishes that stubbornly remained dirty. And get this — the refrigerator does not spontaneously make food! It’s nice living the life of the ridiculously spoiled, and I didn’t even mind being reminded that I do.
But he returned to us late Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon we had a nice pile of boxes to take over to the rental. The big move is next Sunday, and we’ll be schlepping boxes over to the storage space next Saturday, so things are back on track. And I used the Victoria day holiday to pack like a fiend again.
We are currently living in what Stephanie at the blog Scoutie Girl calls “home limbo“.
that space between the moment we start dismantling our current home, and the moment we declare ourselves satisfactorily settled into our new one
And that’s where we’ll be until we’re in the laneway.
The rental looks better every time I see it. There’s lots of light, and the neighbourhood is great. The kitchen is teensy, and I was stowing some stuff away and remarked to DH that living there would be like camping, just using what we needed, with no spares or extraneous stuff. He gave me a grave look, and explained that this is the way we will be living for the rest of our lives. We will be getting rid of stuff from now till the move into the laneway, this is just the first step.
Stephanie suggests purging inclusively
decluttering through the lens of what you want to keep, vs. what you want to get rid of
Look at whatever-it-is and ask yourself, not “do I really want to throw this away?” but “do I really want to keep this?” Find space for it in our new place? Displace something else just to have this around?
Makes decisions a little easier to make.