I am moving apartments. I am actually pretty much done with packing a few days early, but it’s still stressful and there’s a lot of mess in the apt I can’t really clean up until all the furniture leaves.
I’ve lived in this apartment for almost four years, which is the longest I have lived in any one domicile since I was 15. I am used to moving every year or so, often across the country, meaning I have been very buddhist about belongings–used to throwing them out every year or so, not getting attached. Staying in one apartment for so long meant a LOT of stuff being thrown out. A LOT. With that and the inheriting of all of one side of my family’s worldly possessions, I am super overwhelmed by STUFF at the moment. I hate stuff! I’ve never been a person who needed to collect objects, but then I’ve never really had objects worth keeping for the most part. Do I need 3 sets of family china? I’d say no, but would me 20 years from now regret parting with them? I have no idea. Future Jenny, answer me!
But the irony is, in the process of throwing all this stuff out, I have an ongoing list of stuff I need to buy when I finally get out of here. I need new glasses, and another sodastream bottle, a swim metronome, a jawbone up, and a clarisonic.
While I think most of my friends would laugh at the idea that I spend frivolously and buy too much stuff, I still feel like we all wrestle individually with what is a necessity and what is not. When you’re on day 10 of packing your house nothing seems like a necessity–except for the stuff you’re unwilling to pack yet. In my house this is: the electric kettle, beer (it’s hot out and the weather would ruin it!) cleansers, reading material, my computer & router, and tea. In fact, I packed too many of my clothes and have to do laundry in order to be able to wear anything.
While I could live a life with only these few things, clearly some things make my life easier/happier. How do you make the decision though if it’s something you’ll be throwing out a few years from now? And does throwing it out a few years from now mean it wasn’t worth it? And if you throw it out a few years from now, will you regret it a few years after that?
I’d love your rules of thumb. In the meantime I will go watch some Hoarders and then throw out a lot more stuff.