“To know you have enough is to be rich” ~Tao Te Ching
It’s been a long while since we’ve written on our blog. We’ve been quite the busy bodies purging, shedding, discarding, paring – 90% of what we own. Our home is a mess, complete mess right now, but our theory is that it has to get this bad before it gets better.
Let’s be honest! Anyone who has gone through this process like us knows that it is NO fun and games. It’s a lot of hard work, back-breaking hard work!
Purging is NOT the same as moving! Yes, we’ve moved before, but it’s basically shipping all our belongings to the next home. Not this time. We’re really shedding our stuff, and moving on! Here’s an inventory status of our ‘stuff:’
- Kitchen: 90% GONE (Moving sale, Ebay, donations). The essentials we wanted to keep fit into 2 containers that we will likely leave here with family.
- Dining Room: Dining table. Giant Area rug. (GONE)
- Living Room: 2 couches (GONE) and a chaise (GONE). 2 Flat screen TVs (GONE) . Stereo. Giant Area Rug. TV Stand. Glass computer table (GONE). HP desktop pc. More storage shelves (GONE). Humidifiers (GONE).
- M’s Play Area: Area rug (GONE), table (bye bye), toy bins (adios), misc. toys, stuffed animals, black board/dry erase board (90% sold at moving sale, some donated and sold on Ebay)
- Guest Room: TV and stand (donated to Burmese refugee family). Futon (waiting to be sold).
- M’s Room: Full Mattress (GONE). Bed (GONE) .
- M’s closet: Just about everything is gone except her current school uniforms and clothes we will take with us. Most of her clothes were DONATED to Burmese Refugees.
- Master Bedroom: King size bed (GONE). Bookcases (GONE). King mattress (GONE).
- Closets: Oh the closets. Well, J did an excellent job of bagging everything up for donations (he had a total of about 5 giant bags). I just had way too much clothes. Big lesson here! Though I’ve not worked full-time in nearly 3 years and have stopped buying clothes in the last three years, I still had way too much in there. I stopped counting the number of bags we took to the Burmese Refugee families and to my parents to DONATE via a clinic. (this is a post in all on its own!) Here’s a post about My Empty Closet!
- Books, Music CDs and Pictures: These are our biggest sins.
- 2 bikes: sold within 24 hours of listing (GONE)
- 2 cars: A Lexus coupe, Yes, a post was written about My Empty Lexus (GONE) and Honda Fit.
- Townhouse : Lease Here’s our listing for the townhouse.
What gets us really good is the small stuff: frames, postcards, books, travel brochures, maps, clutter! I have a really hard time throwing things away, not because I cannot part from things, but because I feel awful knowing where some of those little items will end up. Even though we discipline ourselves not to pick things up, even if they are free, it’s just difficult with a child.
I’ve taken tons of pictures of M’s school work, report cards, drawings, paintings and unbelievable amount of “STUFF” she brings home from her school.
And the birthday parties. Oh the birthday parties. Moms, can we all just “Say No” to goodie bags filled with junk food and plastic toys?
I will be brutally honest here. There is something very annoying and utterly wrong with the concept of goodie bags. This is an entirely different post, but trust me when I say, we have a ton of “stuff” that flies out of these “goodie” bags from endless number of parties that have little to no real sentimental value, but ends up as trash in our landfills.
So yes, I spend a lot of time coming up with ways to redistribute these goodie bag items (mostly tiny plastic toys).
And that will be the conclusion of our update for now. It’s pretty damn hard work and we totally under estimated how much work it really is to FULLY PURGE so that we can truly live with less things. Especially with all the shows on TV we’re trying to follow! 🙂
Confession: There are days when I just don’t want to look at another eBay ad or a Craig’s list ad or another book to donate or another box of photos to sort. Frankly, I’d rather be in New Orleans eating beignets.
The work must go on. Chiang Mai is calling.
Message to M: “The best things in life are NOT things at all”
We Say NO to Status Quo.
Live Small. Live Green. Give Large. Take Little.
Take Notice. Take Action.