The much anticipated moving week is here! We are mostly prepared and ready for our move, but there will still be some last-minute items that hopefully won’t add up to be too time consuming. We’ve sold some furniture to prepare for our downsize, and made many trips to Goodwill.
Moving is Hard
In all honesty, I’ve been in the worst mood. At first, I was just excited. That excitement was slowly chipped away by the endless, soul-sucking process that is packing. It started out feeling like we didn’t have that much stuff, because visibly, we don’t. But we definitely underestimated the amount of stuff we have in the depths of our basement. There are so many items we NEVER even looked at since we moved here almost 3 years ago. The amount of storage space in this house that was once a blessing now feels like a horrible curse.
So my excitement inevitably turned to frustration, to exhaustion, and finally, to anger. “How do we have this much stuff?! I’m a minimalist! And I’ve decluttered my house like 4 times! My children are hoarders!” It’s been really tempting to blame the clutter on everyone else in the house but me. But the truth is, I found TONS of stuff in our storage that belongs to me but I don’t even want. Items that meant NOTHING to me when I pulled them out and dusted them off. I guess I’m just shocked that after getting rid of so much when we moved last time and even since then, we still have so many boxes filled with unloved items to move.
Lessons Learned While Packing and Moving
This made me realize two things…I need to be better at saying no, and I need to make a point to deal with items right away. These two things are something I have preached to my readers time and time again. But, like most of my posts, I teach you what I’m learning and what I also need to hear! 😉
In addition, it made me realize that I really am a minimalist. The fact that I am a minimalist explains why I am so disgusted by the clutter. It explains the passion behind my decluttering. And, it shows that there is still more work to be done. I want to be free from having more than I need and love. Having too much isn’t something I can completely control, since I live with four other humans who have their own things and aren’t necessarily minimalists at heart. I don’t want to force minimalism on all of them, so I need to find balance. I need to find ways to keep MY items under control. But honestly, I hope that minimalism rubs off on them too! (I’m pretty sure that my middle child is a lost cause…she’s the queen of clutter.)
Well, my frustration and anger has mostly subsided. Now, I’m just anxious to get into our new house later this week. I’m simply sick of living like this:
Living out of suitcases and boxes
Sleeping on the floor
Having nothing pretty to look at
Having stuff where it doesn’t belong
I simply can’t find anything! I feel like I’m constantly looking for the packing tape, the sharpies, my phone, or the kids’ fidget spinners. Nothing has a place anymore, and I’m so ready to be in the new place and get organized again! All of this chaos is hard on this type-A girl’s heart. 😉
Next week, I’ll show you some pics of us getting settled into our new house. I plan to let get settled slowly (if I can handle it) so that my kids’ entire summer isn’t stolen by moving. AND it’s my last month enjoying having them home with me! (Gasp!)