We spent the past two weekends moving into a new home. And, although the only two words that come to mind right now are "never" and "again", I know all too well never to say never. So for now I'm just happy that it's over and that we're able to, for the first time in seven months, actually see and use our own stuff instead of searching for it in a never-ending maze of boxes.
Will and I have moved around a lot since getting married, and, although moving is never easy or fun, I must say that this time it was ... different. Can it be that, after learning the same old lesson way too many times, it has finally stuck? I sure hope so, because this is one lesson that I really want to make my own.
Three or so moves ago (I told you there were many), I started getting really edgy about all our stuff: Kitchen appliances that we never used; clothes that we never wore; books that we never read. It was suffocating. And so we started clearing out, throwing away and donating; giving away, selling and saying goodbye. And it felt good; the more we gave away, the better it felt.
Until we realised, during our next move, that we'd somehow managed to accumulate stuff again (hello, all the new baby stuff!). Sigh. And again during our next move. Would we ever learn?
But this time, for the first time ever, I noticed an improvement: No new, unused appliances; no unworn clothes; no unread books. Ahhhhhh. No useless gadgets; fancy gizmos or dust-gathering ornaments. Our new cupboards aren't brimming with stuff just for the sake of having stuff - we literally only have what is needed in our home. And I love it. I feel free.
I even managed to part with not one, but three old pairs of running shoes this time... And I must confess that it was hard. (Why are running shoes so much like good old friends? Is it the same for guys and their ragged old PT shorts? Because then I completely understand.) But I'm determined to start living what I've suspected and believed all along: That good memories are worth far more and are far better to hold on to than things.
|Bye-bye shoesies - thanks for the (s)miles!|
So here's to a future filled with a lot less stuff and a lot more good memories - because that's the life I ultimately want.
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Go have a peep at my interview on fellow SA mama blogger, Lindsay-Leigh's blog "What happened to my body?" here - lots of tips for new mama runners!