Stuff you can live without

A year ago, if you had told me I would now be married and moving to Europe I would have asked what you were taking.  But that’s exactly where I am.  I met the most marvelous man in March, we got married last month, and by next month we’ll be expats living in Finland.

I just keep wondering how I managed to rack up such huge Karma points…

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind, and I won’t be able to truly stop and take stock until February sometime.  I spent all of November planning the wedding – and it was beautiful.  At the same time, I was trying to clean out my condo and get it ready for rental, and we were both having to make decisions and prep things for The Big Move.  Since the wedding, we’ve both been sick, I had a big yard sale and got rid of a TON of stuff, and we’ve done some maintenance work to the condo.  It’s now finally ready to rent out.  But we can’t rest yet!  We still need to do some maintenance work on the house, and some more prep work for moving.  Buying the right clothes, deciding what to take and what not to take, worrying over bank accounts and international issues and when we’re going to get the all clear on the visas.  Getting our beloved fur babies to their adoptive homes.  Planning a going away party.  People keep asking us if we’re going out to Finland for a house-hunting trip before The Move, but we can’t – we currently don’t even have passports, they’re at the Finnish Embassy!!

It’s truly interesting when you have that moment of clarity regarding your stuff.  When I first moved in with Hubster, it was just a trial to see how the furbabies got along, then we decided to continue living together.  I went over to my place a couple times a week, each time picking up stuff I needed.

It’s amazing how much you have that you don’t need, when it really comes down to it.  I would look around my condo and think, I don’t need anything.  Wow, I have a lot of crap.  Then I started looking around with an eye on what I wanted, wanted enough to pack into storage for two years.

There wasn’t a lot of that stuff, either.

It’s not a bad little exercise.  Pack your house up as if you’ll be putting everything in storage for two years.  Determine what you really want to keep so badly that it should go into storage, and what you need so badly you’ll be taking it with you.  Then think about it this way – if you can live without it for two years, chances are you can live without it for five, ten, or twenty years.  So get rid of it, let it go, free yourself from the stuff.

Do it now.  It’s amazing how much lighter you’ll feel.

*Not* my house. But almost...

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Stuff you can live without

  1. Emma's Bucket List

    Im so thrilled for you… I don’t question your good karma-you deserve it! Enjoy! Loving the positivity, and I couldn’t agree more about de-cluttering your life either. I have never been a sentimental hoarder!

  2. Oh please, your house NEVER looked like that! 🙂 But you’re right – it’s amazing how little you actually need. I used to have tons of clothes but rotate the same outfits over and over. So I downsized my clothes. Then I used to have lots of kitchen equipment that I used *maybe* once a year, if that. So I downsized my kitchen equipment. Did the same for knick-knacks, books, bedding, furniture. And when we ended up buying a house half the size of the one we were living in, it wasn’t a big deal because we could easily fit. 🙂 I’m excited to keep up with your new life and all your adventures in Finland!

  3. Amy

    I’ve been doing some purging myself the past few weeks. It’s amazing how great it feels. I can’t wait to read about your Finland adventures!

    • It feels good when you realize you should have done it *years* ago, which seems odd, don’t you think? It seems like we should feel bad we didn’t do it earlier, but the weight that’s been lifted feels *wonderful*!

  4. Chris Baldwin

    The only finnis word I know is Fartlek. For your sake I hope all their words are that funny. Well, on second thought maybe it is swedish

  5. (Fartlek is Chris’s middle name.)

    And dead on! It’s not about more, it’s about BETTER.

  6. Chris Baldwin

    True Bitsy …and mine are the best!

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