“Why the obsession with worldly possessions ? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light.”
~ Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe
Today I started the process of sorting to move from 1500 square feet into 400 square feet. The process of sorting is going to take longer then I imagined. At the moment I have four categories:
- Going in the RV
- Going into Storage
- Going Away (donated or sold)
One of the things I realize today is that the easiest categories are 1 and 3. I know what I really want and what I really do not want. Figuring out what to pay to store and wading through the “maybes” will be much more time consuming.
Today I set myself up for the process. I bought sturdy plastic bins for the storage units (with the humidity here, boxes are not the best storage unit option). I also bought this wonderful new friend:
I have so much paper garbage that needs to be properly disposed of. This was where I started today, although I am nowhere near done. I have boxes and boxes of files and old journals, etc. that have traveled the world with me. There is a lot of confidential realities, so it will be quite a process, of shredding…. but worth it. I just do not think I need to keep hauling around medical records from a car accident that happened in September of 1997! I also do not need the journals I wrote as a 19 year old trying to figure out life. It is time that these things, though once old friends, move on. Today it was clearing piles from the past 8-10 months. The shredded pile is quite satisfying to look at!
The last thing I tackled tonight was shoes. I have about 40 pairs. I was able to cut that in half on the first round. I am already having second thoughts about one pair I put in the Going Away pile, but I am trying to hold strong. If they were worn less than 5 times in the past year, it is time to say goodbye – and, even so, I still have 19 pairs to deal with!
I am hoping to report more progress after tomorrow. I want to sort my clothes and I know that is going to be a HUGE challenge for me!