I was online watching a few YouTube videos about downsizing when I came across Margaret Manning discussing her downsizing experience and how she what she took to her new home. One of the things that never occurred to me during our downsizing (both past and current) was taking a specific number of items instead of taking only the things that will fit. When I started thinking about it that way I didn’t feel quite as overwhelmed.
I am thinking about giving it a try by writing down what I would want to take for ourselves and for the household items. This way I can see if it might be something we would want to do or not. In order to do this, even as an experiment, I need some rules. I am rule crazy, if you hadn’t noticed by the “Texas State Park Adventure.”
1. If it comes in a tote and makes sense, it is considered one. (embroidery tote – one; sewing tote – one; Scott’s photography tote – one; Scott’s instruments – one each, guitar – 1, banjo – 1, tin whistles in tote – 1; ect….).
2. 50 items for the kitchen, 50 items for the house, 50 items for me, and 50 items for Scott. This may change depending on if we need fewer house items, more kitchen items. Who knows, this could give each of us more personal items.
3. There must be a thought of where these things will be stored and how they will be used. Can they be used in only one way or more than one way? Do we really need that item or is there a way to use something else?
Thinking about this already, I am beginning to question the number. Are clothes included in the household number? Personal number? Does there need to be another number added? There are so many possibilities with this. I do not feel overwhelmed or stressed out about it in anyway at the moment. That may change as I am playing with this thought, but right now I feel more confident and willing to let some things go. My mind is already spinning trying to think of ways to bring everything I want to take.
One of the things I am thinking about is all of my art. I have been collecting other people’s hand embroidery for some time. I would miss those but there just isn’t going to be enough wall space for it all. I also have artwork from my children when they were young and my grandchildren, but I do not want to let go of those things because they mean so much to me. Then I realized I have an digital picture frame. This has helped me decide to pass on my art to others. That frame and the data disks will be the first thing on my list.
Going back to Margaret’s video, what would be the three items I would take with me if I were to run away with just those? I would take my hand embroidery tote, my Chihuahuas, and Scott. Yes, they are alive, but I get puppy cuddles from the girls and Scott would take his guitar so I would have music! Seriously, that is what I would take. What would take and why?