Wednesday, June 9, 2010

too much stuff

Sometimes the tactile "necessities" we collect in our life become outdated and are no longer a necessity, but a weight. Over the years I have collected a lot of stuff, too much stuff in fact, and a lot of it is pretty weighty.
I am packing for my big move to Washington, DC and am realizing as I do so, that half of my possessions will not be joining me. Toys that were put away for my future children are being donated to Goodwill along with clothes, shoes, jewelry, pots and pans, a microwave, bags, and books. This process of sorting and purging has left me in a state of sadness, and renewal. Letting go of the past has never been a strength of mine, and reading old letters and looking through photographs has reminded me of this. However there is something so wonderful about the release of objects; Throwing away letters and postcards, high school tests and work, recycling textbooks and old art pieces has opened up a huge amount of space for me to move forward and focus on the present and plan for the future. It has also allowed for me to be able to move lightly. My initial trip will be two suitcases and a box. As I get settled in to an apartment, five more boxes will be sent via UPS from Michigan to DC. I am excited for this transition and for the pairing down of my things!

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