In case you’re wondering why you haven’t heard from me this week, we’re in the process of moving from our home from Colorado to a new home in Montana. The past two weeks have been spent sorting and packing our treasures for the 1000 mile trek. And boy, has this brought up a lot of stuff for me!
Physically relocating from one place to another is just like moving from one place to another emotionally, through the changes in our life.
Why is it then, that we wait until we’re ready to move to rid ourselves of excess baggage, in both a physical and metaphysical way?
I don’t want to carry a packed box from one place to another any more then I choose to carry worries, fears or other baggage with me in my mind or in my heart.
This really hit me when i spent the last two weeks going through boxes in storage and in the basement. Not only did we pay to keep these ‘valuable’ thing, but these were boxes that were still packed and had never been opened from the last move! These were things that I thought I needed, yet I didn’t even know the contents of the boxes!
What makes me think that I need this stuff now that I haven’t needed in years? Where does that mentality come from that tells me to take it with me “in case we’ll need it” later?
Enough! Maybe I’m just tired of sorting through our treasures for two weeks, or maybe it’s just time to let things go. Nature abhors a vacuum, so why wouldn’t I release these ‘things’, so that our coffers can be refilled in a new way?
We’ve given away more than 10 trucks full of stuff- things that we didn’t need then, we don’t need now and we certainly won’t need in the future. I only wish we’d done this years ago, which brings me to the point of this post.
What are you still hanging onto and moving from place to place in a physical or emotional sense? What extra baggage are you carrying around that if you let it go, might be replaced by something even more wonderful?
Don’t wait until you have to make a physical or an emotional move to do it- get rid of it now!
This process has been so freeing for me. As I sit here late the night before the moving van arrives, I’m wondering what else I packed that I can leave behind. Our moving van has a finite amount of space to fit all of these items. What’s the most important? The furniture? The 8 boxes of picture albums? The library of books from our Luminaries?
If I had to, I could walk out of this house with just Darryl, Koda and me and start life wherever, and be just fine. Few of the things in life matter.
I was personally so inspired by writing this, I just pushed the laptop aside, went for a midnight walk through the piles of boxes in the house and found two more that we can give away. Woohoo! This is fun!
I wish I would have been at this place of release two weeks ago. It would have made this move so much faster and easier! That’s why I felt that I needed to share this with you, so that maybe, just maybe I can save someone a week of going through box after box.
Interestingly enough, each little decision of whether to keep, give away or trash, adds up to make a huge difference, not only in the size of the piles, but in the quality of our lives as well.