I recall a TV show (the name escapes me) where the host removed everything in the house and put it onto the lawn. He then showed the homeowners a specific space – marked out on the lawn – the size of a tarp. What was to go back in the house had to fit into that space. The rest was to be sold or tossed. And they had a specific time limit to sort everything – AND agree!
Our 1,200 square foot house was staged for selling – so minimal furniture and no knickknacks. However, the majority of our 600 square foot crawl space ended up being packed about 4′ high. Then, there is a shed and all our outside yard stuff.
Imagine doing what the TV show guy told those homeowners to do…but now you have to decrease your “stuff” so that everything you are planning to keep fits into 6 suitcases and a storage locker which is approximately 200 cubic feet (5′ x 5′ x 8′).
Could you do it?
I have absolute faith we can do this. In the last few days I’m gotten into a rhythm. Balancing work, life and family – making time to go down into the crawl space and bring stuff out.
When I put my hand on something I choose sell, give away or keep. I noticed today the stuff for keep is quickly growing. I realized we’ll need to be even more brutal in our sorting criteria. Will we use it in the next 2 months? Will we use it when we get to Costa Rica? Can I replace this item when we get there or when we come back? Do I really need to store this or can I embrace releasing it with love?
I used to work for an international moving company. There was a senior employee of a global company we had relocated 4 or 5 times over the course of 10 years. When he originally left the Toronto area he was allowed to take around 1,000 cubic feet with him – and the rest was authorized to go into storage. The storage space he ended up with was approximately 10,000 cubic feet. 10 years later, he was ‘localized’ to another country. He came back to divest himself of what he had stored. After sorting through 10,000 cubic feet he kept about 10% and the rest was sold or given away.
Can anybody say WOW!
As our process of divesting unfolds I will remind myself of two things: this man’s story and the fact that while I like stuff, I don’t need stuff. I have faith!
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