It just dawned on me that I haven’t shared perhaps the single greatest change I’ve ever made in 30 days time. And actually, I started on my basement 1 1/2 weeks into my moving extravaganza, so technically it was done in 20 days time.
Remember my basement, also known as Mordor? I describe it in detail way back on day 11.
It took me 20 days of constant battle with that beast. I had boxes of stuff that I’d moved 3 times in the last 16 years and hadn’t even opened yet. I had boxes that had mated with other boxes and had little baby boxes. Once I’d given up on the basement ever getting organized, I’d taken to just kind of tossing stuff down there I didn’t want to deal with and then running away quickly.
Well, it took determination, cherry coke, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and friends, but I finally tamed the beast. I proudly present the before and after of my basement:
the top is the before, and the bottom is the after:
The last night in our house, I walked down and looked to my right.
I looked to my left:
And then I layed down and cried.
And not because of the reason I was expecting. Having a tendency to hoard stuff, I expected I would be sad to have so much gone. But the reality is, I was so relieved to be free of it all. I felt so uncomplicated. So simple! And I couldn’t think of one thing that I’d gotten rid of in all those hundreds of things, that I’d give back a little of my newfound lightness for.
In total, for our appx. 4700 square foot house:
I am keeping with me what I packed in my minivan:
and the remainder of things that I’ll pick up when we sell our house:
And THAT, my friends, is why this woman deserves a party.
But don’t bring me gifts, because I’m not anxious to fill up any of my uncomplicatedness with more stuff. I like feeling this simple.
But ice cream and cherry coke…that sounds about right!
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