30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
The last time I moved house I was so overwhelmed with my belongings that I began my journey into minimalism. I have moved again, for the first time since I started downsizing my life at the start of 2016.
In Part 1 I talked about my motivation for my move. Today I want to talk about the logistics of it.
The new place is overall about the same size as the old place, however the layout is different. I wanted the new place to feel spacious.
The flooring in this place is a light grey tile, and for some reason this made me think of the Mediterranean. I want to fill it with plants, and I have dragged some old kilim pillows from my outdoor area inside. Maybe it’s spring talking here, but I do have an inexplicable desire to sit on the floor.
I have used the relocation as an opportunity to downsize my belongings further. Here are some things that I sold before my move.
1. Antique cabinet. I’m sure some of you out there are crying over this beautiful piece, and believe me, this was not an easy decision to make. I owned this cabinet for four years, and it gave me much joy. The reason I chose to pass it on was functionality. It had basically become superfluous. It made me sad to say goodbye to this old friend, but I have no doubt that it has gone to a good home, and the new owners will love it as much as I did.
2. Dining set. The dining set was bought brand new when I moved into the old place at the beginning of 2016. It was beautiful, it suited the apartment, but it was over the top. Tipping the scales at a whopping 130kg, I was happy to get this literal weight off my shoulders. I wanted to sell it while the showroom I had purchased it from was still stocking it, to recover my expenses as much as possible. I have replaced it with a secondhand table, and chairs from a low price retailer, which I acquired for the fraction of the price.
3. Christmas tree. I have had this tree for around twelve years. When I got it, my life was very different, and the joy of gift giving and receiving was still strong with me. I had to admit to myself that in recent years the tree had become somewhat of a burden. In the spirit of embracing the new, I felt it was time to let go of this old tradition, and start a new one to suit the present me.
4. Bed frame. This item is technically on loan, and I do still love it, so it might come back to me one day in the future. It is heavy, but being a futon, it comes apart for easy transport. Currently I am sleeping on a mattress on the carpeted floor of my new bedroom.
5. Electric guitar. I was learning to play guitar and thought I could possibly become Jimmy Page one day, but this has not yet happened. I bought this guitar and the accessories second hand, and I passed it on for around the same price I got it for. I still have an interest in guitar, however I have noticed that I like to play it most when I’m away on holiday. Obviously, electric guitar is not the best option for this purpose. For now I am keeping the guitar space empty, and if I change my tune, I’ll buy an acoustic option in the future.
Overall, this move has been one of the easiest I’ve ever had, and I know it is because of the fact that I have significantly downsized. I will be posting an apartment tour of my new place in the coming months, so stay tuned.
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