Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo

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.ย 

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.ย 

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.ย 

I don’t want to lose the memories associated with all the stuff.ย 

5 thoughts on “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo

    1. I think adventure is in the eye of the beholder; for you it’s a new home requiring elbow grease and determination, for me it’s a new home requiring an international move in the name of love. We all have our adventures, in all shapes and sizes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I say you should pack these items (art work, cd’s, photographs…etc) in different boxes and number them 1, 2, 3…..and so on. Then every 3-6 months you have your mama send you a box. It will be like Christmas and every 3-6 months you will be receiving a little piece of you in your new home. As for all of your other things like furniture, well…..I would take photos and create an album on here and list it for sale. You could even give some of the funds from that to your mama to help with the expense of sending you boxes periodically. I am so unbelievably excited for you and think this is awesome. I am living vicariously through you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That’s a great idea Christy, thank you for that. A really great idea.

      As for the sale of other items, I’m going to post on my Facebook regarding an Indoor Garage Sale. Ha. That way people can come in, look around at the staged home, and picture my stuff in their house. Ha.

      If I do end up using your idea, I’ll definitely give some of the cash to mama so she can ship off the boxes in different intervals.

      Thank you for the excitement, I appreciate it and I give it all back to you, you new homeowner you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Ship things in waves… it doesn’t all have to arrive at once.

    Go over your list again and again. You’ll find yourself whittling it down more and more. Everything has higher sentimental value you the very first time you evaluate. The more time passes, the less value it has.

    Share your memories. On paper, with a friend/loved one/person who you made the memory with. Then you don’t have to worry about forgetting the memories. Take a picture of the item and then one day, you and that friend can take a stroll down memory lane ๐Ÿ™‚

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