We have been going through the house this last month and downsizing as we anticipate a move when Hubs finds a job.
And we do this every time a move is coming.
But our home is much more about the people and things inside it than the actual shelter itself. So this makes it much harder to downsize.
I've been reading Heather's Blog for several years now and she is always telling those that ask for advice to downsize their things. Get rid of anything without a real purpose...as in the end it just makes more work. More dusting, returning to right place, upkeep, etc. And for most people that is probably very good advice.
But what about those of us who spend their lives moving from one location to another? A house is never the "home" part of the equation of our lives. Its just the temporary shelter where we live. Our family is our "home"..... and the memories we have made along the way.
So I have alot of things that serve no practical purpose...but remind the whole family of someone or someplace. They are our connections to others and to our pasts. Because we have no roots, only wings. These are the things that help keep us grounded.
But. But. Sigh. After 25 years of marriage (and I grew up in this same lifestyle so I have pre-marriage stuff also) we have accumulated rather a large amount of stuff. And I'm really afraid on this last move the military will do for us, we are going to be over our allowable weight and have to pay for the overage.
And I just don't want to do that.
So, after reading many posts from Heather blog I decided I'd better just bite the bullet and do some weeding out. Heather also tells you about how easy it is to sell that same stuff on *Bay. We've always been the give it away people as we have been helped out so many times by others this way also...but with Heather's encouragement I went ahead and took the plunge and started selling stuff off.
And its not very hard. And I'm not really making money as most things I put out there are for $2, but it did pay for several Christmas presents this year. So if you have ever thought of doing this let me also encourage you to give it a try. I will say that I also read the book
The Official eBay Bible, Third Edition: The Newly Revised and Updated Version of the Most Comprehensive
eBay How-To Manual for Everyone from First-Time Users to eBay Experts
which I highly recommend.
And those things that make my house a home are staying. But I found several things that are just pretty or whatever that can go.
Because really it is my family that I love most about my home.
So what do you love most about your home?