So here's the thing: one of my original goals when I started this blog was to decrease my STUFF drastically so that when I make the final move to PEI I would have a lot less to move.
I did really well for a while. A short while. I even got rid of this:
However...I have accumulated more since then though most of it through no fault of my own...unless you call falling in love a "fault" (I'm sure some would) so when Michael moved in we had to assimilate his stuff into an increasingly smaller condo.
Then when I bought my future home in PEI I decided to sell this:
which was packed full of blankets, towels, dishes, clothing, sleeping bags, garden tools etc etc
AND came with a shed full of stuff too which I packed up and made 2 or 3 trips with the car to bring it all home to what was now a miniscule condo.
Most of you advised me to DONATE DONATE DONATE and forget about the money. I agreed with that advice (you can't put a price on an uncluttered mind) and went downstairs to face the MONSTER! I took a few deep breaths and thought about walking back upstairs as I was feeling overwhelmed but I stayed and made a start. A small start, but a start nevertheless. I sorted into three piles: keep, donate, trash.
Here's what I'm keeping:
One bag of toiletries & bug repellent from the trailer - I won't have to buy any lotion, conditioner or hand soap for a very long time.
And this is the DONATE pile:
This is all stuff from the trailer: cushions, towels, a bag of clothing that I didn't even open and go through, a doggy bed and food bowls for a puppy I never had(?), sheets etc. Most came from Talize to begin with and back it all went! I made the drop-off immediately so I wouldn't be able to change my mind. Not shown is the three garbage bags that went to the dumpster.
That is only the tip of the iceberg but I pledge to keep going. The longer I persist the easier it will get. Anything of considerable value I will list on kijiji or craigslist. Unfortunately we don't get a tax receipt for donations here in Canada but that's ok.
I'm doing this for ME.