As of June 30 I will be on my way from Edmonton, Alberta to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My husband and I will be driving across the country to our new apartment in our mini van, so you can imagine that a lot of stuff that we have accumulated over the years won’t be making the trek. We could always store everything we don’t want to take at one of our parents farms, but we’ve decided that we want to do that as little as possible. So begins the sorting.
I actually started going through thing like books and DVDs a few months ago – and for someone who treasures her books, I’m surprised at how easy it was to just get rid of books I wouldn’t read again. It was really freeing, like the shackles of consumerism were being removed. Or something that’s a little less melodramatic. 😉 I used the same technique for everything else. For clothes: anything that didn’t fit, I didn’t like, was getting ratty or I hadn’t worn in a year was out. For decor: anything that I felt “meh” about was out. For beauty/makeup: anything that was pretty much used up or I didn’t like was out. For art supplies: anything that wasn’t worth moving across the country or was old was out.
And man oh man did it feel good. I discovered about a year ago that I enjoyed the feeling of purging the stuff I owned, but I’ve never done it to this extent. It felt like taking a long, hot shower when you’re really really dirty. Multiplied by about 10. To own so little things makes me feel organized and energized in a way that I just didn’t expect at all. Almost like I felt weighed down by my stuff and now I can go anywhere because I’ve cut down so much. I mean, if money grew on trees. 😉
Is this why people spring clean? Do they not only clean the house but purge their belongings? I dunno, but I think I’ll be more than happy to do that from now on!
Oh – there won’t be a June favourites post this month. I decided to do the products I’m coveting instead because I don’t have any different favourites from last month.