I believe one of the benefits of travelling is the realization that one can happily traverse the world with minimal stuff in tow. However, to trim down to our “travelling weight”; we need to take care of the stuff we will leave behind.
So, we are doing an inventory of all the stuff. The kitchen, the garage, the bedrooms, the hall closet, and Patrick’s closet with the flotsam and jetsam that has accumulated in that particular nook of the world. Are you feeling sorry for us yet? No? OK, fair enough, no more whining.
In a few months we will load everything into a couple PODS and store it all in a warehouse for a year. So in an effort to maintain some sort of control, I am snapping pictures of our things and loading the pictures into a home inventory software database. I hate this process. I would do almost anything rather than categorize the stuff, even blog about it. (Sorry, I slipped into whining again …). If I keep chipping away, I will have most of the stuff entered into my handy-dandy database in plenty of time. Once it is all tallied, I expect the data will confirm that we have more stuff than we realize, need, or want.
As we become more aware of the things in the house, and we realize that we must pack, store, and unpack these things (and pay for the privilege) – we are more willing to say “goodbye”, and donate or discard. There is a philosophy we can learn about simplicity in this exercise (a la Walden Pond). However, Suzanne has warned me against hypocrisy on the simplicity topic; so I’ll just leave it there.