It’s official! We are now full-time residents at Three Graces Farm, with our little house in DC up for rent. This means we now have two houses merged into one. Hmmm–We’ve been moving in dribs and drabs all summer, bringing things by car load when going back and forth.
When The Greg Burroughs Band was in town a couple of weeks ago, they kindly spent a day packing things up for us. They emptied their trailer full of musical instruments and sound equipment and brought out a big load of what we thought was the bulk of boxes and books and so forth, but there was still the furniture. This weekend was the “get everything out” deadline, so we hired some moving guys.
“It’s just a few pieces, then the attic and the shed,” I said. “A couple of hours should do it.” But on Saturday afternoon I watched in disbelief as a half dozen guys scurried in and out, carrying boxes…and boxes…and more boxes.
As I witnessed this parade, and my stomach tightened, I had a realization. This is Part Two of our move from Atlanta to Washington, DC in 2007. We were so proud of ourselves back then for downsizing–which we did! We reduced our square footage of living space by two-thirds. Our bedroom on Cathedral Avenue in DC would fit easily into our old master bath in Atlanta, the entire footprint of the house probably not much in excess of the former garage. So how did we do it? The word “heaving” comes to mind–clothes, shoes, toys, CD’s, files, pictures, videos, old computers, televisions that took up six square feet, media cabinets…and on and on. We had a garage sale, an estate sale, charity pick ups, trash pick ups, and still, at the end, we were tossing things willy -nilly into piles for the junk truck.
So yes, we downsized. But when we got to DC, there still wasn’t room for all of it. We were exhausted with the pitching, and besides, there was the attic and a shed! So whatever it was that we hadn’t dealt with already, we tucked away neatly and unseen, for six years. Until this past Saturday. Need I say more? We have work to do.
There are lots of books on the subject to help us get started. Here’s one that has been particularly helpful, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. A friend who has moved multiple times has also given me some helpful hints–if something’s chipped, the whole set goes, don’t keep paperbacks you’ve already read, if you haven’t used it in three years, toss! The church rummage sale is in six weeks, so it’s time to get cracking. I still can’t imagine what is in all of those containers, but I will find out. I must. I consider it a spiritual quest, a transformational journey, a point of no return. Check in for updates along the way. To be continued….