|Boxes and Bags Oh my!
||[Aug. 7th, 2009|08:56 am]
J and I are committed to changing our lifestyle to allow more trips like the one we just finished. To that end, we're planning to downsize to a house which will be less expensive and easier to take care of, easier for Jackie to get around in. The first step on this journey is clearing this house of stuff. After my mother passed, I came home with much more of her goods than I'd planned. And for years, I just couldn't face letting them go. The rest of the house, which at one time had been fairly tidy, also started to slide. Now, I am willing and able to do some tough things for the benefit of living the way I want to live, especially with the example I have just had of that life.
My mother's stuff isn't my mother; I can keep my memories of her without keeping the stuff. I must consider that stuff as mine now; if I'd purchased it in the past would I keep it today?
The goal is to only own things that we love and/or use a lot. Preferably both; I love the bowl that I use for our cats' dry food -- it's a beautiful deep blue. I got rid of the red bowl, which was just 'eh', since I had two bowls and only needed one. The daily goal is to remove at least one bag or box of stuff from the house daily.
Accordingly, there is a ticker (and we'll see how well this works..)