As I am slowly preparing to make this move over 3000 miles across the country I question every single item I must pack. Although I am just in the beginning stages of making this move and decided that it would make life so much easier towards the end to just get some things out of the way right now. With the thought in mind… “If it doesn’t serve a purpose or something I absolutely love…” I have once again added so many more items to my pile of crap to get rid of. If I don’t need it or want it here why would I want it move it and not want it there. Get rid of it! There is nothing worse than opening boxes after moving and trying to figure out what to do with stuff that you really don’t want anyway. Why move it in the first place?
What if we took this same applied principal in our minimalist practice everyday? I mean what it we pretended like we were moving and going through all of the stuff we have in our houses as if we were making the decision whether or not to move it 3000 miles away? If you had to go through the packing process, how many things do you own that you feel serve some type of purpose or you absolutely love? Are they worth all the work of packing them, moving them and then trying to find a new place to put them in a new home?
We all have items stashed away in our closets, basements, attics and garages that are just there because we wanted them out of the way and for what ever reason we felt as if they were something that we really wanted to have. The truth is that If they were something that served a purpose or something we absolutely loved they would be working for us in our daily routines, or sitting proudly on display where we can see them each day. Do I really want to move them to a new place where I will once again end up tucking them away in a new hiding place? Do you have duplicate items like a working toaster and another one sitting in your pantry that you received as a gift? How many things do you own two or even three of? I don’t want to move them, do you?
As I am slowly going through each room in my house the pile in my garage is getting bigger and bigger. Soon I will have a huge yard sale and will be able to pad my pockets with a few extra dollars. I will be able to allow family members to take some things that they may need. I will make a trip to Goodwill to donate many items that won’t sell at the garage sale to help out others and also create a tax write off for the donations I make. Then finally I will make a trip to the dump to place whatever is left in it’s final resting place.
I have gone through this whole process before and at the end found that the overall feeling is very liberating. What I also learned was that even though I thought I got rid of just about everything that I didn’t want to move I found that there were still to many items that we moved that should of never had been moved. When we arrived Portland and rented a small apartment it was necessary to rent a garage to place all of our stuff in that didn’t fit in the apartment. A year went by and we actually found no need to take any item out of the garage as all we needed was in our apartment. That garage cost us 100.00 dollars per month and we used it for a year before we purchased a home. That was 1200.00 dollars that could have been saved or used to pay down debt. What an utter waste of money, but at least I walked away with a lesson to be learned. I am now practicing that lesson as I anticipate once again renting an apartment for a year before purchasing a home. This time with only the things I absolutely love or serve a purpose in our daily lives.
One other thing that I learned was that as I get closer to moving day and most of our stuff is packed in boxes the rooms we live in take on a whole new vibration. With only a few items left in the rooms I felt as though I actually had more air to breath and more room to move around. It was like living in a brand new home. If we could accomplish this without actually moving how much better would we feel about the home we live in. We may even feel as if our homes are just a little too big for us. So yea, be a Minimalist like you are moving.
As with my workout I am at it once again lifting like a beast. I am feeling energetic and producing results. Even though my blood sugar is still over 100 I am making slight adjustments in my diet to balance out the damage being done to my muscles. I will probably discuss this more in detail tomorrow.
Blood Sugar- 103, Weight- 180.4
Pulldowns- 310- 25, 27, 25
Rows- 310- 27, 25, 24
Reverse Flys- 60/60- 15, 14, 13
6:30 AM- Breakfast- Cottage Cheese & Blueberries
8:15 AM- Protein Shake
12:30 AM- Lunch- Steak, Mushrooms, Salad, Green Beans
6:30 PM- Dinner- Lamb Chops, Spinach, Salad