I am underway with moving. The first boxes are packed. Hermit crab living has become my new term for living in transition. These are my specially prescribed lessons in trusting the journey. I embrace it, then freak out, and wonder if I’m losing it. Who moves before they know where they are going? (Ahem, with a 20-month old?)
Everything feels strenuous when I get bogged down with details. I stare at my belongings, and 10 voices inside argue about being kept or tossed.
“But they were a gift! He only wore it once! You LOVED this a few years ago! Who throws out memorabilia from their wedding day? You really want to throw away your 9th grade year book! What if you want to read it someday?”
Well actually, no.
There is no accident that this scrap of paper fell out of my journal while I frazzled on.
The words could not be more perfect.
I was blessed to have my dear friend Annette’s help. Annette is a professional organizer who gets people on track for a living. I enjoy organizing and find it cathartic, but with this move I felt stuck. What am I taking? What goes to storage? What are the 50 – 80% of possessions I’m releasing to embrace minimalist living?
“I want a clean slate!” my inner minimalist originally told Annette, before realizing maybe this, and that, and oh yes – one of those might be worth holding onto.
We made major headway cleaning out the kitchen and keeping the china, packing it away for future celebrations.
There were signs while we packed that I was on the right path. We would need this, and a few minutes later a better solution appeared. I completely forgot I had china boxes until I searched for another box in my garage thinking, JACKPOT! Perfect fits, and even in the imperfections, clever solutions made this journey relatively smooth.
Another cool a-ha with dessert plates and coffee filters.
The devil really does live in the details.
But friends liks Annette – not so much. She sees the big picture while not allowing fears to cloud my vision. Tonight, I am one step closer to leaving my shell and embracing another journey. “TRUST. Connecting thread is love. The picture will be beautiful. Wait and see.” (Melody Beattie – Journey to the Heart).