Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

not quite eight and a half years ago....

....I moved from a four bedroom home to a two bedroom unit.
About half the size of what I'd been used to.

With much agonising over what to take and what to cull.
Some things just weren't going to fit, no matter how much I wanted to keep them.

Two weeks from now, I'll be moving from my much loved two bedroom unit to a one bedroom flat.
About half the size of what I've become used to.

With much agonising of what to take and what to cull.
Some things just aren't going to fit, no matter how much I'd love to keep them.

Packing is well underway, loads have been taken to Goodwill stores, several things have been sold.
No-one is taking one of my couches, (I don't need two anymore) and a large cabinet.

I'm not good with change, which is why I've been stressed these last few weeks.
I'm less stressed now that plans are definite, but the tension won't truly ease until I'm settled again.

I may or may not post photos.


  1. Moving is the most stressful thing a human can do to themselves.
    Surprised we haven't evolved and grown our own roots!

  2. Echoing Jayne. Moving is hugely stressful, even when you want to do it. Good luck and take care of yourself.

  3. Moving is hard...hard work and hard on the emotions.
    Paring down and culling can also be hard on the emotions but, when it is done, you feel totally cleansed. Once you are in your new place, your pictures are hung and your furniture arranged you will feel energized. New place, fresh start...the very best of luck to you...I will be thinking of you as you get yourself resettled.

  4. Once you've settled in you'll be right and wonder what all the fuss was about, good luck :-).

  5. Ohhh, I'm feeling the same right now, but I'm only contemplating the move!!! I'm in the rare position of being able to pack up and go, to wherever I want, make a new start and finally do something for me, like going outback, or shipping up to darwin to work on a pearling boat... but I can't bear the thought of losing my house, or my stuff, or not having my beautiful trees to come home to if I give it all up... It's a catch 22, take a leap and live my life to the full, or stay where I'm comfy, home safe and sound, but with limited opportunity or excitement.... :(

  6. That was a long time in one unit. It takes time for things to find their rightful places in a new place. Initially you will think it won't all fit, but if you are sensible about what you bring, it should. Don't rush and it and don't stress.

  7. Jayne; I almost did grow roots here. I loved it the moment I walked in and I'm sorry to go, but it has to happen.

    EC; Thanks and will do.

    Delores; the culling is the hardest part. But I'm going to half the space, so I'm being ruthless.

    Windsmoke; That's always the way. I remember previous moves.

    Emma Sheree; can you rent your place fully furnished while you go pearl diving? Win-win?

    Andrew; I'd hoped to be here a lot longer, but fate threw a different set of dice for me. I've measured up the new place, so I know what will fit. Things have been discarded.

  8. I hear you River and completely understand. We went from 900m sq in SA to 220m sq in Melbourne to an apartment in Switzerland and culling and much heartache was involved each time.

    And yet, after the dust has settled and things are in place you start realising that it's now 'home' and it feels right again. Hugs to you!

  9. My husband has had a problem with hoarding and it is NOT funny. You should see all the stuff we have that I really WANT to get rid of. It would be hard for him to cull things so that they fit. Though I am proud of him that at least we no longer have an entire roll of vinyl flooring and a bunch of screen projectors he bought for no reason in our bedroom. What is YAYYYY! for me was very hard for him to do. The result is a much more sensible living area.

    We have a long way to go. I'd like to see pictures if you are brave enough to post the messiness that accompanies everyone's moves. :)

  10. Oh River I wish you well. I seem to be accruing stuff despite being a minimalist in terms of furniture and possessions. My brother was going to toss out my parents dining table and some occasional tables but it's good quality Jackson furniture so I souvenired it. More stuff in an already small house. Good luck. Use the "if I haven't used it in 2 years I don't need it" premise. Works for me. Right, off to tidy the spare room!

  11. Fingers crossed that the move all goes well - although this is taking de-cluttering to new extremes!! But you know, of course, that 'home' isn't about things ...

    Bon Voyage!!

  12. Kath; at least I won't have to contend with jet-lag and a new language. I'll be wandering around IKEA looking for clues on how to store stuff in a tiny space.

    Happy Elf; I'm such a nut about organising, even my choas isn't too untidy.

    Baino; I thought I'd got rid of so much with my recent decluttering sessions, but now it's clear that I still have way too much stuff.

    Red Nomad; I've packed so much away by now, and yet still have enough to be living with. I'm almost down to extreme basics.

  13. I'm too scared to move, 34 years in this house in September, I know that one day we will downsize but not yet.

    Good luck to you with the move and hopefully soon the stress will be behind you. xxx