Friday, July 07, 2006

Getting clear

The momentum of the move is picking up and is now demanding more of my time. The next week in particular is going to be busy with a short trip to my new home town and some enjoyable (I hope) social events.

By the end of the month I need to clear the flat of everything that won't be needed in the new home. I have already filled one black bin bag, but there will be many more for the dustman to take away before it is all over. You would think that living in a small apartment there wouldn't be much "stuff". Not so. It's not an easy job either - time, focus and emotional energy are needed.

If it doesn't all get done so be it, but I don't want the reason to be because I didn't give it my best shot.

There will therefore be at least ten days of light posting - more pictures than words - on the blog, and less time reading other blogs. I will be around though, just not so often.


Blogger rdl said...

Moving is so difficult but i do like pitching stuff i don't use, need, or want.
take care.

9:09 pm  
Blogger Sonia said...

Wishing to you, Mary, a lovely and nice trip to your new home town!
I am looking forward to see some pictures. Enjoy your social events!

9:10 pm  
Blogger Dale said...


If I were there I'd try to cadge an invitation to come lug boxes, but I guess I will just have to let you move on your own.

Actually, I'll enjoy thinking of you sorting your stuff. Come back when you can; we'll be hanging around :-)

9:45 pm  
Blogger Stray said...

freecycle freecycle freecycle!

My thoughts are with you. Tomorrow will be 28 days since my move, and I can honestly say that my new house does feel like home well ahead of schedule ...

Well done for applying yourself to the task. I did about 50 percent before moving, and am still reducing the objects taking up my space now.

It's amazing how much emotional energy this kind of stuff takes up - boxes and drawers full of psychic landmines just waiting to be stepped upon. Although there may not be time in the next few weeks for you to put fingers to keyboard, I know there will be plenty that you could say, if you only had time, and I hope that the process is as gentle and liberating as it can be.

Looking forward to the pictures, even without the words!

Good luck xx

11:27 pm  
Blogger Brenda said...

Next Tuesday is the date tentatively set for my brothers and son and I to move our stuff from one storage space to another, while unloading half of it- the books to this tiny apartment, my son's room to his Dad's, where he now lives.

It brings on meditations of how we accumulate what we do around us and how that becomes an expression of our identity.

Be thinking of you... packing, while I re-pack and unpack!

2:07 am  
Blogger Sky said...

When we moved across this country (3,000 miles) I had to purge, donate, and pack things I had stored for years! It took about 6 weekends with friends around to push me on to get through all of the stuff (attic included). Hard, hard work - especially emotionally.

Will be sending you good wishes for ease in letting go and a smooth transition.

10:27 am  
Blogger Tamar said...

It's that clean-out-for-the-next-journey that I always cherish. Have done it *so* many times and each time I learn more and more about myself.

Good luck with it all, Mary!

12:14 pm  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Clearing stuff! Good for the head!
Travel well.

3:32 pm  
Anonymous Jess said...


5:02 pm  
Blogger LJ said...

I'm there wishing you well with the move. Being envious of the clearing and the endings and the start of something new. But not so envious that I can't smile...hoping to have a chance, via blog, to look over your shoulder that your new town, your new set of possibilities.
Goddess bless, M.
With everything.

12:58 am  
Blogger g said...

i like what Tamar said - clean out for the next journey. that's a fine way to look at it.

i always get so caught up in the emotional tangles, and even find myself thinking that i am "archiving" items, not collecting trash.

12:00 am  
Blogger leslee said...

Good luck with the move!! It's not easy, but it is exciting - especially when you get to the other end and start making the new place "yours".

1:47 am  
Blogger Jean said...

OH, you're doing it! That's wonderful. Don't forget to stop being busy and spin dreams of the new home every now and then - just as essential as all the practical work.

10:54 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Thank you everyone! It is hard going, and finding your comments and words about your own experience of moving is a real help.

I won't actually be putting the place on the market until mid-September probably but there is a tightish schedule to meet this deadline, so I have to keep at it ....

7:18 pm  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

Moving, and all the purging involved is such a wonderful chance to begin again. Hope to see photos of you happily ensconced in your new place soon!

4:43 am  
Blogger HandyGirl said...

moving can be such a good thing...i've moved across the country and across the street and there's just something very special about setting up house again, a new start, new places for everything. check out my post about getting rid of useless clutter....

1:54 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Patry and Handy Girl. Thank you both .. encouragement helps!

10:09 pm  

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