Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Happy New Year!

It's the third day of 2006, and my house looks empty. We've taken down all the pictures, the shelves, and emptied most of the shelves. It's full of boxes. Boxes of books and pictures and pots and pans. There are bits and pieces left floating around, and we need to get into the bedrooms and pack them, but we're still wearing our clothes! My Mother-in-law has spent two days packing the kitchen and dining room. My Father-in-law keeps plugging away at the big stuff and the downstairs. We have taken one load to recycling and the dump and there is a big pile to take tomorro.

How much of this do we really use? We've left the plates and bowls and a few pots and pans, as well as the silverware. There are clothes in our closet, and a few toys and books for the boys. The beds won't go until the 14th. I've tossed lots of things that have not seen the light of day in 4 years. I hope I'll use the rest next time around. The computer will be the last box packed as we load the van!

Our lives are not as simple as we'd like, unless they have to be. What would happen if the truck got stolen from the driveway after it was packed? Not much, really. I'd really miss the photos in the photo albums, but the important things would be in the house with me, Peter, Noah, Jonah and Miriam. ( and Fritz and my dad) Maybe the next time around we'd just get what we really used, and really keep it simple.

It's a new year! Clean out, clear out, and don't buy so much stuff!


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