Well this may sound like a well-known Beatles tune… however, for the past almost 2 months, it has been the story of our lives… or the “re-size”. Moving this time has been different since the two bedroom apartment, though small, was vacant so we could gradually move things in and take our time. Though this is beneficial, it is also difficult because as we move and maintain two places, we are literally living here, there, and everywhere.
So where is “here”?… well that depends on which location we are at .. at the given time. Same for the “there”… it just depends if we are at the home that we are leaving or if we are at the apartment that we are going to. We have furniture and clothing in both, but as the re-size continues, the “what is where” gets more difficult to ascertain. This is starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss book… Am I here, or am I there… do you even really care? ( yes, moving makes you a little crazy). Since we have sold the house, we are waiting for an official closing date which can be as early as three days or as late as another week..So we continue to box up, throw out, decide what is staying, what is no longer needed… and the list goes on…Did you put them in a box, do you know if I have socks? ( yes, rhyming can be fun!)
But again, where and how do we accumulate so much stuff. We had moved all of our big pieces and thought we had a good start, until we starting leafing through cupboards, closets, the attic and the basement. Storage is great, but sometimes it just allows you to save more “stuff”….some things that hardly ever see the light of day. But this is life, we want more than we truly need, so we save things for a rainy day or when the company comes, or when the kids grow up- they may want it. Storage must come from the word store…since when you unveil all that has been stored… you could probably open one with all of the items.
Moving on… verbally and literally (lol). As the closing date is creeping up, we find ourselves neither here or there… now it is more like everywhere. Our things are in two places..where are my shorts?, my work clothes?, my husband went to a wedding and had to buy new shoes- his were “there” instead of “here”. , Where is “there” you may ask…the answer is becoming quite a task.. we are not even sure anymore. Then there is my daughter who cannot part with a thing… she is a shoe collector and a fashion major… and does not like to part with any of her accessories. She has recently returned from an internship in New York City and is deciding on her next move… did I actually use the word “move” again… well we will wait and see… She may leave or she may stay… she has to move stuff anyway… Then there is my husband, who is a chef and caterer… he has not parted with one pot or pan.. all organized and stored, Enough said!
“What to keep, what to pitch…moving can be quite a (nevermind..Dr, Seuss would never say that!”…Though I have sold many things on virtual garage sale sites, I had organized a traditional garage sale on the one weekend I had available this month. And it rained and it was very chilly… so when the day was done… I was done! I called and donated to the church, the YWCA, and the Volunteers of America. That is one way to get rid of a garage full of stuff. So how come I still have so much left? Today, i am making another 2 drop offs at local organizations, and it won’t be the last of it.
So this is where we are at… our all of our furniture or permanent items have been moved to that apartment except for some dishes and kitchen items. We hired 2 teenagers to carry things out of the attic and into the garage…so now the garage is full yet again.It is time to purge… but there are so many family photos and memorabilia…yearbooks, pictures, varsity letters, love letters, things from my kids, my parents and grandparents… I am sentimental… wish me luck! While we continue to empty out the house, we are sleeping on an inflatable bed in the living room no less, surrounded by boxes and bins. This is the life or should I just say life… it won’t be forever… as we look forward to finalizing the re-size.
I do not like being here and there, I do not like being everywhere. I want to be in our new space, I want to be in just one place. So wish me luck and say a prayer, that soon I won’t be everywhere.
Love and laughter,