Have you ever just looked around your home and wonder “where did all this ‘stuff’ come from?” Do you save everything thinking you might use it later, or did so and so give you that and it holds sentimental value? Sometimes I wonder if I’m not a closet hoarder that just can’t bear to part with items because they remind me of a trip or a special event. I mean who on earth saves a glass coaster from a restaurant that they just happened to eat at while on a trip?
Okay, the trip was to Hawaii and was a second honeymoon, but it’s not like he proposed at that particular restaurant. The ticket stub from the play “Evita,” was the first Broadway play we saw together at a wonderful theater in Orlando, but not the Broadway play. We human’s are a funny lot. It seems that everything that crosses our path gets a sentimental tag attached to it or we look at the practical side and decide it would cost most to replace the item than to drag it with us all over the country. For example, I am a fiber artist, professional photographer and writer. When we moved from Michigan to Florida, my dear husband would not let me purge all the fabric, textiles, art supplies, etc. that I had as he considered it an investment and would be too costly to replace. He figured it was cheaper to get rid of all the furniture, household goods and such and move those items to Florida than to purge my collection that I “might” need for my art work. Granted, there was close to $15,000 in fabrics, equipment, books, machinery and cameras, but some how, getting rid of $30,000 in furniture, household goods, tools and such didn’t seem right. But we did it.
Fast forward four years and we are getting ready to move again, but this time it will be an international move. This time, I have convinced him that we “both” need to purge and to think long and hard about what we will take with us. This process has already started with us going through books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. We are in the process of sorting through antiques, steins, dishes and such to see what we absolutely cannot part with. It is not as easy as it sounds, after all, some of these “things” have managed to stay with us during our travels and through parts of our life before we got married and had a life together.
Now we are asking ourselves is this really necessary, why do I want to keep this when I’ve never used it or is this just junk! I mean, think about it, if you’ve had something you forgot you had just gathering dust on a shelf, do you really need it? I don’t think so. We will be finding out what the cost will be to ship items to Ecuador. If is isn’t too cost prohibitive, then we may take a “few” items of furniture, definitely our clothing and some household items, but not the entire contents of our home. I see a lot of yard sales and charitable donations being made over the next few months. After all, we can replace what we need if necessary. It’s just stuff! WE are what’s important, not the collection gathering dust on a shelf.
On that note, I’ll leave you with a picture of the only snow capped mountain at the Equator. It is located just outside Quito, Ecuador.
Hasta luego – until next time!
Terri at the Drake’s Nest