I am trying to convince myself that I am not having second thoughts about de-cluttering my life. Several times throughout the day, I found myself wondering if it would just be easier to bring everything to Florida and rent rather than throw out everything I own and crash with my parents.
To those of you out there who shudder at the thought of moving back in with your parents, believe me, I get it. There were lots of moments this Easter weekend when I had my doubts. For as often as my parents laugh together, they fight together.
It’s also a matter of the sheer amount of stuff I have to get rid of. I give my parents credit. They are currently undergoing the massive task of preparing a 3-story, 4-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom suburban house for market. I only have one bedroom yet it feels as if I am drowning in “things”.
I have 4 bags of clothing I want to donate, but I’m too lazy to drive to Goodwill. I have 8 bags of trash from my kitchen, yet I’m too lazy to haul it down to the dumpster. Why? Because I know once I finish it won’t feel like much of an improvement, so why do it at all?!
Here is what I have done:
- Take 8 bags of garbage down to dumpster
- Empty and sell desk
- Empty and sell jewelry box
- Sell recliner
Here is what I have yet to do:
- Take 4 bags of clothing to Goodwill
- Sell table, couch, chest of drawers, and end tables
- Clean out fridge and pantry
- Haul stuff from car up to apartment
- Pack up linens to keep and toss
- Pack clothing, blankets, toiletries
- Fix walls (nail holes, etc.)
- Clean apartment
At least I have a month left.
My overall moving goal: “Leave with only enough to fill my car for one trip.”
In terms of living with my parents: I suppose that I’ve done it before and I can do it again. Besides, it will give me plenty of time to stash away some money—either for traveling or a down payment on a condo or house.
And, if I do decide to buy my own place, just imagine the fun I am going to have decorating it in a minimalistic style! A farmhouse-style table, big luxurious rugs, and a few choice pieces of art…
I’m so excited for this adventure!