Hooray, I've finally finished unpacking, not easy with a 20 month old 'helper'. I packed up the house and garden, took my most precious things with me in the car and left two men and a large van to deliver the rest. As I pulled up at traffic lights, I could sense someone staring at me. The other person was looking with amusement at the contents in my car. It was crammed full of children, pets, plants and herbs and I guess we did look rather funny all squished in a Ford Fiesta.
Whenever I have moved I have always taken my most precious belongings with me, we travel together so that there's less chance of them getting lost or damaged. In years gone by I have carried with me my jewellery, journals, photographs, books, handbags, coats and music collection (before the days days of mp3 this was somewhat bulky!). This time round there wasn't one handbag and surprisingly not even one journal or book.
The contents of my car really highlighted to me what was important to me these days. Children, animals, plants and herbs. Living things. Life. This is what I really care about. The rest is just stuff, some of it is very useful and/or beautiful but still, it's just stuff. I have moved almost 40 times in the past ten years. This may sound like a wild exaggeration however it is true. During those moves which included moving between various countries, I have lost or given away almost all of my belongings and started again several times. I have only two items that I have kept from childhood. Each move I make I use as an excuse to shed the stuff I don't need or want. I find it too easy to accumulate stuff and I have decided that in this new house, I will make sure that for every item that comes into the house, other than groceries, one item goes out. Each spring I will look at everything and unless is has a very specific or special value, unless it's been used or enjoyed in the past year it goes. I don't want anymore stuff, I like what I have and I have what I need. I want the space to enjoy what is really important to me, life and living.