After living in the same place for two years, I moved out few weeks ago and it was quite different experience from the time where I moved out from my parents home. This time I had a lot more stuff -- not clutter but actual stuff I used day to day. I completely underestimated how much work it was going to be.
When I left my parents home I took my books, clothes, kitchen utensils, bedding, and my bicycle. My step-sister helped me move with her car and everything except my bike fit in it. I rode my bike back to my new home on another day. Moving was so easy and I had it in my head that it was always this easy.
Moving this time was not easy. As the apartment was unfurnished my housemate and I borrowed and bought furniture, kitchen tools, beds, white goods and all the other accoutrements we needed. This time around I had less clothes and books but more kitchen tools, bedding, electrical stuff. I ended up hiring a van for the moving day. Moving second time around was not as easy breezy.
Having experienced the effort, it takes to move these things I feel an urge to settle down in one place and never move. Even though the stuff that weighs me down is stuff I use often - it’s not unnecessary clutter. However, even though I use them often it still makes me feel burdened and more little tied down than I want to feel. I always like to entertain the idea that if I wanted to live overseas I could do it at the drop of a hat without having to take a long time sort out all my stuff.
I think what I need to reconsider how much I want to own given that I want to feel free and untethered. More borrowing, sharing, reusing than buying, owning, and feeling tied down.
I am moving again this Friday to a more permanent place and when I am there I am going to ask myself every time I need to get something large and bulky if it is worth having if I have to go through the ordeal of moving it or selling it when I leave. Now to you,
Is the stuff you have conducive to the life you want to lead?
How do you want to feel? Is the stuff you own, useful as they may be, tying you down? let me know and we can start a discussion.
With love and simplicity,