Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Packing is really not my favorite ... we're in the midst of it now with less than 3 days left at Forest Echo.
Even with as much packing and moving that we do, I still am not very good at it. My Mom mentioned to me that she thought it wasn't so much the act of packing, but the (seemingly) thousands of decisions that must be made. That hit the nail on the head for me. I have to look at everything and decide, "do I want to keep this, do I need to keep it or can I let it go?" If something is kept, it has more decisions associated with it ... and it goes on.
So many of the things that I have I collected from thrift stores or as hand-me-downs from other people. I wonder how can I cling so tightly or be so emotionally attached to something that cost me less than $1? Ironically, in the end it seems that the more stuff I get rid of, the better I feel. It seems like I would remember this when it comes to the decision making.
Last year even though we weren't moving locations, we still needed to pack everything so that the summer caretakers could have their home in-tact and during the time when I was packing up, I literally felt like I was in a very long panic attack. Not great.
Every time we move, I try a new strategy in hopes of not having a complete breakdown. This year, I working off of more extensive lists and having frequent update chats with Jason about progress, what still needs to be done and my "vision" for how it should be done :) And, of course, lots of chocolate therapy. So far, so good. I haven't had any big melt-downs yet, but then again, there is still time for that.
In the meantime, everything here is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Making it even harder to leave ...
Posted by Carrie Schlafmann