In today’s post, I will discuss how to tackle the enormous task of decluttering and purging when you are moving home. A new home is a fresh start: new paint, new rooms, a fresh take on arranging your old furniture. There is a joy in it, purging and paring down your possessions, packing up, moving, creating your new home. Moving can empower you to have a healthier relationship with your belongings. However, moving is rated as one of the top 5 stressful life situations. So, though it is a new start and a growthful experience, it won’t feel so wonderful if it’s weighed down by stuff you didn’t let […]
A dear friend of mine, who lives in a most idyllic village by the Rideau Canals in Ontario, married last weekend. I decided to make a mini-holiday of it – so went for a few days. No matter whether you are going away for a week or a weekend, there is always a lot to do – before you even leave town. It would be my first long trip driving alone in a car – on the dreaded 401. I took a mini-cooler which sat beside me in the car – filled with freshly cut oranges and my lunch, and a can of sparkling lemonade. I packed lightly but […]
Two weeks into my minimalist life – four to go. And I am noticing some things that I miss and forgot to pack for this temporary move. I wish I had my ironing board and iron. I didn’t think I ironed much. I don’t. But… and this is just plain dumb on my part. The clothes I put aside for me to wear for 6 weeks? Well, a good few of them need to be ironed.
The other thing is that when you only bring a limited amount of clothes with you… well you end up doing laundry more often. And guess what? Yep, no washing machine where I am. […]
I had never put anything in a storage locker before. A few friends said I could store stuff at their places. Which was so kind and generous of them. I am not sure why but I think because I am single most people assume I don’t have much stuff. Even my father asked why I needed to find storage “Sure, you only have a few belongings, why would you need to rent a storage unit?” I have to say I was dumb with amazement. “But Da, I’m 50 years old! I have lived in Canada almost 20 years, I’ve a lot more than a few things – I have […]
Yesterday, I spoke about categorizing and putting like with like. My move is very different to a normal move because I will be putting everything into storage for 6 weeks and living on the bare minimum. Today I am going to talk about packing. So as I saw it I had two challenges to solve:
1. Deciding what I would need for my 6 week zen experience
2. Making sure what I needed for the 6 weeks did not get mixed up with my other stuff and packed away.
I will interject here and explain why I had started the packing process so early. Firstly I […]
STAGE 2: The “like with like” process
I mentioned yesterday about putting like with like? When you have purged (through donation or recycling) everything you no longer need or want then the “like with like” or categorizing part begins. I will warn you now, that this is also going to create a bit of disorder in your home. It won’t be for long as this step is done just before you plan to begin packing up. But give yourself a few days to do it. While you were purging you will have begun this process as well. So for example I found some scarfs […]
Here’s a quote I read recently and want to share with you now:-
“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change my town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realized that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made […]