I think we are almost entirely not-quite maybe fully unpacked. Cardboard has been banished from living spaces, there are two tubs full of scrapbooking supplies that need pricing before I throw them into yard-sale storage, and nearly everything has a place to live. When warm weather returns I will have the Mother of All Yard Sales and reclaim the extra garage for organized garden storage, not “throw it in there and pray you find it” storage. Yes, there is a difference.
By moving from Colorado to Chicago’s North Shore, we essentially cut our square footage in half. We knew we were going to lose some space, and we accepted that. Losing as much as we did was unexpected, and for awhile there I wasn’t so sure we were going to fit into this house. There’s a reason I’m having the Mother of All Yard Sales after the move and not before. But we did get some cool things in exchange. Our yard is more than twice the size of the one we left, WITH LEAVES! GLORIOUS AUTUMNAL FALLING LEAVES! THAT KEEP THE BOYS
SLAVING WORKING ENTERTAINED FOR HOURS! And we have a 3 1/2 car garage. Yes, you read that right. There is an unattached garage that is ginormously oversized, housing both vehicles with storage room to spare, and an attached storage garage that will someday be converted into living space. Someday. But the rest of the house? Cozy is the polite word.
How much do we really need? Need vs want is always hard to distinguish. I’ll tell ya, though, that moving makes it a lot easier to dispose of the crap you have floating around the house. My mom said “two moves are as good as a fire.” I’d like to avoid both, thankyouverymuch, but having less? I don’t think that’s a bad thing. More stuff means more to store, to clean, to care for. I’d rather have less, of better quality. That’s why I have few shoes, but I’ve started buying higher quality ones. I’d rather buy a high-quality scanner, so I can scan paperwork into the cloud and not have to buy cabinets to store it here at home.
We’re cutting back this winter. Less consumerism, in the hopes of creating more of a life. Part of it is simply because the economy continues to pee in our collective shoes, and part of it is because being happy with less stuff is a good thing to learn.
For all of us.