Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
My husband surprised me this morning by telling me that a recruiter from Microsoft had contacted him about a job. I think I surprised him even more by saying, “In Washington State? Go for it.” Truth be told, I surprised myself. I have lived in Austin, Texas for almost 30 years, virtually all of my adult life. I like my life here, but the summers are brutal, my husband is terribly allergic to pecan trees for six weeks every spring, and the statewide politics make me grind my teeth in frustration. Washington is cool and rainy with no pecans, and the politics are much more to my liking. I happily whiled away my chore time fantasizing about how different life would be if we moved from the Southern Central United States 2200 miles (35oo Km) to the Pacific Northwest. (Believe me, I only imaged the good stuff and ignored all the negatives.)
It wasn’t long at all before I started dreaming about the packing, and you’ll be happy to know that these thoughts didn’t terrify me. (Thanks to decluttering, of course.) What I started thinking of was how much more stuff I would unload if the alternative was to haul it across the country. I imagined sorting through everything, considering everything. Frayed underwear – out. The plastic pitcher with the almost cracked handle – out. The living room sofas and on the one on the screen porch – definitely out. So then I started thinking, “If these things aren’t valuable enough for me to take across the country, are they valuable enough for me to hang onto right now?” I’m not a minimalist by any means, but stuff that you don’t value is stuff that you don’t need, right? I wondered: In a perfectly decluttered house, would you be able to move without decluttering more as you packed?
I talked to Dan about this. His conclusion was that moving is an extreme event and that requires more scrutiny than day-to-day life. I think he’s right, but I also think that if you’re stuck on something, asking yourself, “Would I be happy to move this across the country?” is a helpful criterion.
I want to know what you think: Is the ideally decluttered house ready to be packed and moved at any moment, or does moving realistically necessitate a deeper level of decluttering?
Today’s Declutter Item
As insane as this may sound this is an empty box. At some point we decluttered the broken amplifier but the box was still wasting space in the garage.
Things that made me happy, made me laugh, made me feel grateful, fascinated me or I thought were just plain awesome.
Cindy’s post reminded me of the wonderful years we spend in Seattle and I have dedicated this gratitude list the that experience.
- The opportunity to get to know the real Americans – Who were quite different from the stupid prejudice opinions we had been lead to believe.
- Living in a different country and all that has to offer – Like driving on the other side of the road.
- Enjoying our first winter Christmas.
- Cinnabon, garlic fries, Taco Bell, soft pretzels, brownie mix (Ghirardelli of course), toaster strudels, the endless variety of ice-cream … – Not Hershies though because they have no business calling the chocolate.
This list could go on and on these are just a few of the things that came very quickly to mind.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.