We have lots of decisions to make in the next three months. We’re moving to Cambodia. And we’ll probably take just what can fit in 10 suitcases. And we don’t want to burden our families by storing a billion things at their houses for who knows how long.
The good news? We’ve been minimal-izing our lives for quite some time, so this task isn’t as daunting as it could be.
The bad news? It’s still a little bit overwhelming/time-consuming/emotional.
So, I thought I’d give you a little peek into some decisions we’ve already made about our stuff. In list form. Four categories. What We’re Giving Away. What We’re Selling. What We’re Storing. What We’re Taking.
Sound like fun? I thought so too! Great minds.
(These lists are not exhaustive. Just a thinking-out-loud start to the moving process.)
What We’re Giving Away:
–our tortoise, Atlas, and his home, heat lamp, and sleeping log. (We said good-bye to him last Sunday and feel confident his new family will love him well.)
–our new-to-us Ikea queen-size bed. (Sweet friends gave it to us when they upgraded to a king and we had to toss our old mattress/box spring because of the bedbugs. Giving it to my parents who have lots of family stay with them.)
–globes. (I can’t bear to sell these, so I’m giving them away to family members who will hopefully post monthly pictures of them on Facebook so I can see how they’re doing.)
–books. (Giving some to dear friends who will care for them lovingly.)
–Gabe’s desk chair. (to my dad whose desk chair is a broken neck/back waiting to happen)
–the girls’ bunk beds (not giving them away so much as giving them back to my dad)
–Gabe’s desk (back to his mom)
–my childhood desk & dresser (to Mom and Dad)
–dishes & kitchen stuff.
–our kitchen hutch (to my sis).
–toys & games (to grandmas & cousins)
–blankets & beach towels.
–framed Charlotte’s Web poster. (Grandma’s playroom)
What We’re Selling:
–my big desk.
–our kitchen table/chairs.
–a bookshelf or three.
–a few lamps.
–our van. (a dear friend wants to buy it, and my heart is happy)
–Kevin Harvick car collection.
What We’re Storing:
–the girls’ memory boxes.
–old video cameras/tapes.
–the girls’ baby books.
What We’re Taking:
—banners. (soooo excited she’s back in business just in time for us to stock up!)
–a few wooden giraffes from Kenya.
–our favorites sheets/blankets.
–my photo book of Jubilee Kate.
–some of my favorite books. (I’ll post a list soon of the ones that made the cut.)
–2 Mac Book Airs.
–our camera (and lenses).
–some Dancing Elephant cards.
–a few small pieces of wall art.
–big shoes (it’s hard to find women’s size 10–me and Ava–and 11–Livi–and men’s 13 in Cambodia).
–comfy clothes for warm/hot weather.
–a few sentimental knickknacks.
That’s it for now. We’re excited and nervous and sad and happy and excited! Cambodia or Bust!
So tell me: What’s missing from our lists?