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After a week of being on the brink of a nervous breakdown, things seem to be normalizing and coming together.

Why a nervous breakdown, you ask? (and if you don’t ask…it’s my blog, so there you go.)

Stress. Killer of joy, spasm-er of muscles, and destroyer of good attitudes. Don’t get me wrong. My excitement level of moving into a Tiny Home has merely increased by the day. That excitement is part of the stress. I want to go now, but now is not the time.

So, what can I do until August? How can I manage this stress that gives me intense nausea, intestinal spasms, and knotty shoulders?

My doctor’s advice: Chill Out.

My therapist’s advice: Chill Out.

My parents’ advice: Don’t Move To Colorado.

My husband’s advice: Take a Xanax.

Husband’s advice is almost immediately gratifying, as the medicine forces a calm in me. My parents aren’t getting their way on this one, so that adds another stressor, rather than being an idea for relieving one. As far as the medical professionals go, I would like to follow their advice. However, I don’t know how to “Chill Out”, or I would have done it already.

Yoga. Walking. Exercise. Healthy diet. Get organized. Hang out with friends.

Even this list is stressing me out, because it isn’t grammatically parallel.

Where is the peace? I know where. Depending on God is not something I’ve ever been particularly good at, but like anything worth excelling at, it takes practice.

How do you actively pursue peace in a world of stress and mess?

We have a lot of stuff. A love of video games has kept us young, in that we like toys and posters. Although some might say our home looks like a college dorm room, we’re just really into what we’re into.

However, now that we’re drastically down-sizing, some of the stuff has to go. I’ve posted a list paper in each room, entitled “Must Keep”! My husband and I both add to the lists in order to be intentional about what we’re keeping, and what we’re leaving behind.

Truth? I love getting rid of stuff. I just want it out of the house. How to choose, though? What is worth keeping? What is sellable, tossable, or donateable? How can I incorporate an attitude of peace and minimalist living into our new home?

When I have these deep, difficult questions, I turn to the internet — source of all organizational wisdom. The internet would like me to use well-defined criteria, bins, and all sorts of things I’m just disinclined to incorporate.

My husband and I have developed a system, as we’re moving towards moving:

  • Will getting rid of it make me cry?
  • Have I touched it or thought about it lately?
  • Where will it go, once we sell the house?

As I’m sure you can tell, this system is very precise, super logical, and involves no emotion at all…

But, it is only January. We have time. I’ve gotten myself into quite the tizzy, putting the cart before the horse and what-not, and thankfully, my husband has had the reminder ready that we have to take this one step at a time. We can’t get rid of everything today. Deliberation takes time, and I’m a slow processor. The internet has list after list of what I should toss or keep, but only I can make the ultimate decision. Regret is not going to be a part of this process!

What is your go-to system for getting rid of the excess in  your life? What allowances have you made for yourself in deciding what to keep or toss?

So, the cat is out of the bag. Facebook now knows that my husband and I are moving to Colorado. I guess I can share this blog with Facebook now!

As I continue to post, I hope you all enjoy our journey into something new, different, and challenging. What we’re planning is outside of the cookie-cutter, but then again, so are we.

Additionally, when you find out we’re working on opening an inn, please keep in mind that we’re not running a charity, here. However, friend and family rates will apply. ~_^

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