Downsizing

I’ve been mostly writing posts about television shows lately—I didn’t mean for this blog to turn into that, but it kind of happened anyway.  I have a lot of other things that I want to write about, but I was having a hard time finding the time!  So here I am—it’s an extra-special blog week!

And today, I’m going to talk about something I’ve been struggling with, concept-wise, for several weeks—downsizing.

H and I signed a lease for an apartment in Longhorn Country a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a wonderful location, has an in-unit washer and dryer and an attached garage, and a nice little balcony with lots of shade.  What’s to worry about, you ask?  Well, it’s probably half the square footage of our current apartment.  Yeah, that’s something to worry about, all right.

It hasn’t been very difficult to decide which pieces of furniture to keep.  We inherited most of it, and the pieces we’ve purchased aren’t super high quality.  We know we need a desk, because I’ll be working from home.  That part was relatively easy.

It’s the other stuff.

How do you sort through your belongings to decide what to keep with you once you’re married?  I want a fresh start, but when I start to wade through all of the articles of clothing that I own, I get flooded with nostalgia.  I can’t get rid of this tee shirt—it’s from my first 5K.  But I can’t get rid of that tee shirt, because I bought it in Scotland!  You see my problem, right?  And then, I’ve invested a decent amount of money in work-appropriate clothes.  Can I get rid of things that I still like when I didn’t buy them very long ago?  Are things like that worth storing?  These are the dilemmas I’m facing.

It seems trivial.  I understand that.  There are bigger issues in the world, for sure.  But putting your life in boxes isn’t easy.  Moving to a different state in the same month you get married is also challenging.  I think it’s the feeling of being overwhelmed that makes it especially hard.  There are so many things that I have to do.  Additionally, I’ll be doing some extra special traveling for work right after that too—more details on that when I know more.

There’s a lot going on.

My theory in downsizing is to utilize my #ootd posts.  I started that in January—nearly six months ago.  If there’s something I haven’t worn since then, I need to get rid of it (at least when it comes to work clothes).  And if I’ve only worn it once, I have to think about what it is and if I really need to keep it.  I think that will help.

Also, it’s hot in Longhorn Country.  I have to consider that, too.

There is much to think about.

Now I ask you, dear readers—have you ever had to downsize like this?  How did you do it?  Did you have a system?  I’d love for some input.

Lots of love (and sweat and tears),

-A.

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