Down to Two Suitcases, Really?
Okay, maybe two and one carry-on. What does it take to whittle one’s life down to barely anything?
At first it seems easy. You start throwing away so much. So many things that live in one’s home is really of little value. We just hang onto things ‘cuz “someday I might need it.” There is way too much of such things. They are the easy things to rid yourself of.
Then you start giving away things. “Who would appreciate this piece of my life?” So, off go the special items to dear friends and family.
For me these items included many of my framed photographs of my favorite places in which I have travelled. Budapest, Paris, Saint Thomas and of course, Italy all hung in my home to carry me briefly to places far away. Now these live with my dear friends who all love these lands as I do.
Next…those albums of pictures of your past life. You know, those albums that sit on the shelves and when was the last time you actually looked through them? Maybe five years ago? But, to throw them away is unthinkable, right? Well, this is the time you must decide if they warrant a precious place in your two suitcases. I decided “no”. So, I looked through pictures of my wedding. Felt sad for a bit then said to myself: “it’s been ten years since the looser packed his bags and walked out of my life” in the trash it goes!! I know you are thinking that should have happened long ago, and yes you are right. And so the cleansing went.
On to Goodwill with many other things. Then many of my friends wanted to buy some of my furniture and some traded their skills at home repair for some items.
So, there it goes. My life is now two large suitcases and a huge dog kennel. People ask me if it feels freeing? To this I reply: “I’ll tell you later.” Right now it feels a bit disorganized.
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