Remember what I said about not taking any stuff with us? Easier said than done.
With a little over three weeks to go (yikes!), the sorting, decision-making, and packing is in full swing. It’s a bit more complicated than our last “household liquidation” because we don’t have a boat to move stuff to. It’s all about what we want to take on the plane, ship down, or store.
The Pazera household now consists of five piles: the stuff we’re taking with us as checked baggage in three or four rolling duffel bags, the stuff we’re sending down with a shipping company in what’s known as a less-than-container load (LCL), the stuff we’re storing at a friend’s storage unit in San Diego (thanks, Donna!), the stuff we’re mailing to my parents for temporary safe-keeping until we can fly it down there, and . . . finally . . . the stuff we’re selling.
On that last point — the stuff we’re selling — I’d like to send out a ray of love to the wonderful person who is buying our house. She’s also buying 90 percent of our furniture, which makes the whole “liquidation” task so much easier. This outcome would not have been better if we’d designed it ourselves. All we have left to sell now are a few miscellaneous tables, a chair and ottoman, and a big pile of lovelies that will delight our second batch of garage salers on April 18.
So I just did a quick count and noticed I have just typed the word “stuff” eight times. That speaks volumes about how incredibly difficult it is our crazy, consumerist society (even for John and me) to keep from becoming ruled by stuff, and the ongoing quest for more and more. As it is, we think we’re taking down a fraction of the stuff that many expats move but that doesn’t make it any easier to decide what to do with the polka dot dishes we love, the beautiful Indian batik bedspread, or the hundreds of music CDs (answer: we’re taking them).
I’ll leave you for now with this article, which precisely captured our attitude about the accumulation of experiences, rather than stuff. Even with our five piles, we believe this to our core.