Recently I spoke about making a list of things to take along with me to my new home in England. Well that’s proven to be easier said than done; don’t start wagging your finger at me in an effort to tell me ‘I told you so’, it’s not polite.
This weekend I roamed around my house and began a list of ‘must haves’ and wow the list is longer than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, some things are a bit easier to leave off the list and not because there’s a lack of sentimental value but simply because it wouldn’t be practical to lug it across the ocean. Things like electronics: TV, Blue Ray DVD, Printer, Alarm Clock, Lamps… you get the idea. Also things like furniture: sofa/love-seat/ottoman combo, bed, dresser, armoire, Ikea cube organizer, TV stand, dining table… again, you get the idea.
There are some things however, I find myself questioning whether or not I can live without: a gorgeously simple antique desk I bought with my bestie at an antique fair, the beautifully reupholstered antique chair I bought at a local shop for a whopping $40 (I still feel like I got away with robbery), a charming retro chair my bestie bought me for Christmas not long ago, an old worn antique travel chest (the big kind with buckles and everything) I bought at a garage sale… things like that.
Of course things like my books, Christmas ornaments, pictures, artworks, movies, board games, CD’s; a lot of that stuff is a big part of who I am, how I’ve become who I am so I find it difficult to leave those items behind. There is no one telling me to leave it all behind behind so it’s not like there’s pressure for me to be overly selective; it’s simply me being my adorable, penny-pinching self (yes, I’ll admit to it; the adorable part) and not wanting to pay a small fortune to ship a ton of stuff overseas.
My question is this: How do you pick and choose what to leave behind? How do you make a list of things you seemingly cannot live without only to further whittle that list down to a more manageable figure without leaving something super special behind? When I think about the artwork and photos and even those special sentimental items, I begin to see the overall picture a bit more clearly… It’s all stuff; the furniture, the knickknacks, the artwork, etc. It’s all just stuff. I think what I’m afraid of most is the second some of that stuff is gone, I’ll lose the memory of what brought those items into my life as that’s what I cherish the most; the memories, the moments.
I don’t want to lose the memories associated with all the stuff.