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Packing Up for Good

December 1st, 2012

Yesterday Mr Chiots and I headed back to the old house in Ohio to pack up our remaining things. We had left a few things around the house so it wouldn’t be empty.

We spent the afternoon taking down all the tomato stakes and cucumber trellises. Today we’re heading back to pack up the remaining things from the garage and to gather all the potted plants.

The people who bought our house should be signing their closing papers in the next week or two and then it will be final. It sure will be nice to have this all wrapped up before Christmas! The timing is working out perfectly, going into the new year without a house in Ohio will be really nice. It will be like starting with a clean slate!

Are you looking forward to the coming new year already? Are you formulating any plans already?

Quote of the Day: Louise Dickinson Rich

September 2nd, 2012

It’s very illuminating to have to make a list, which you will very possibly have occasion to use, of the things you’d save in extremity. It reduces one’s material possessions to their proper place.

Louise Dickinson Rich We Took to the Woods

This is also the case when moving, or at least it should be. Going through everything you own and asking yourself what you really need. The truth is, we really don’t NEED that much to survive. It is nice to have things that make our lives more comfortable, but it can weigh us down if we have too much. Thankfully, Mr Chiots and I started minimizing our stuff many years ago. We stepped off the consumerism treadmill by dedicating an entire year to not buying anything we didn’t need to survive. At the same time we started getting rid of things we didn’t use or need. As a result, packing should be a little easier. During the process, we’re also trying to go through everything to lighten the load even more. There are still a few things that we’re asking ourselves: to take or not to take?

Take my hanging baskets for example, I don’t really NEED them, but I do like them. Do I want to pack them, take them to Maine, store them over the winter, plant something in them, and water them next summer? That is the question, do I want to deal with hanging baskets? There isn’t even a front porch at the new place.

They’ll go into the “maybe” pile. Things that we’re on the fence about and may part with if the moving truck gets too full.

How good are you about keeping your things at a minimum? Do you find it difficult to part with things?

Baby Steps

August 9th, 2012

The 19th of September is scheduled to be moving day. The day we’ll be en route to Maine in a big moving truck and a car. One of our neighbors is planning on making the tirp with us, so we’re hoping to hit the Common Ground Fair on Friday and maybe Saturday.

I have no desire deal with the stress of living in a house full of boxes any longer that I have to, so our plan is to spend the 17th & 18th packing the things we use every day. That should be more than enough because we don’t have a ton of stuff. Most of the items we owned are use fairly frequently and can’t be packed up now.

There are, however, a multitude of gardening and preserving items that can be packed away. All of my terra cotta pots from the garage, the basement seed starting area, any of the canning jars I don’t plan on filling this summer. I’ve been slowly packing it all into boxes, a few each day. Whenever I start to feel a little stressed out, I pack a box or two.

I’ve had my share of moving experiences. Growing up we moved almost every other year, from one country to another. During the first four years Mr Chiots and I were married we moved four times until settling here. Thankfully it’s been 10 years since our last move and hopefully we won’t ever need to move again after this one. I’ll certainly be glad when it’s all over.

Any great tips for packing/moving?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.