The day has finally come: 7 months, 382 boxes/pieces of furniture, 1000 m./1100 yards of bubble wrap (I wrapped everything except the dog!LOL) , 72 rolls of adhesive tape, and countless cellophane bags later... we are ready to move!I am so tired that I really need some rest. I need to wake up to a tidy home, I need to be pampered a bit... I did an incredible job almost all by myself (let's say I had a little help to throw things away and dismantle furniture ;)), first and foremost because I find it very difficult to delegate. The second obvious reason is that no one else would have been able to handle such ginormous amount of (my) stuff!:((
I'm not kidding, I have been an inveterate keeper for years. And several of the things I had kept were not usable/necessary/my taste anymore! Oh my gosh it was hard job, but I feel completely pleased with what I did, and I am pretty sure I will be much happier with less!
Kim helped alot, with her sweetness and calmness, always close to me! (Sorry, the carpet is a true horror to look at, but hey, who has a pristine home while moving? ;)).
Tomorrow our belongings (except essentials, which for me, apart from personal accessories and clothes, include: camera, a good selection of art supplies, vintage papers, my favorite books, some precious gifts from dear friends, heating pads, a couple of journals, my orchids, my latest sketchbooks, a quilt- cannot bring along the sewing machine, it requires alot of other things to sew and I want my poor hands to rest!) will be put in storage for some months. Until we find a new nest.
Honestly, I would have never thought to accept such a compromise. I am more of a 'white or black person', I didn't accept that 'our things' could be stay anywhere else than with us! My precious memories, objects, supplies... That had put me and my dear ones under considerable pressure, and I didn't see light anywhere.
I prayed and prayed for a solution, because I came to the conclusion that the 'real' problem was me. Things couldn't work out in any possible way with me and my stuff chained up! And without a flexible attitude towards life.
When I saw Kim so peaceful and relaxed, I understood that I really don't need any-thing to be happy! Well, let's say just a few little things :) I was a bit concerned about not having all my supplies with me, because being highly creative, I can easily go crazy if I don't create! My friend Isabel, over at Maison Douce, wisely suggested to bring along one or two things only to do, and I chose to dedicate the upcoming months to expand my art portfolio...
And I realized that there's also a great pleasure in having to feather corners of your home completely anew! So I donated, sold and threw away several of the things I had thought to bring along with me, and I told my hubby that I agreed to put all the rest in storage, so that we would be free to move and find the 'right' place without hurrying and making mistakes (see last time we looked for a house). It will be easier to relocate without 300+ boxes to think of.
We will be living at my parents' home for a while, until temperatures rise. Please be patient with me, I will reveal things as soon as they happen. I really hate to say something and then the contrary, but there are periods of your life when you actually aren't sure of anything! And people around you would like to know and keep asking. So you have to say a little bit every now and then... ;))
Off to rest. Tomorrow will be a tiring day.