I’m still plugging away at my cruise entries, but lots has been happening since we left Barcelona – most of which has all been happening in the background. And while I’ve been home in the US, I’ve been taking care of one of my favorite things (insert sarcasm here) – moving. Again.
When we originally moved to Barcelona, we left most of our belongings behind (I don’t know that Josh would agree as we still had 110 boxes). After all, it was just for 2 years. We still did a huge purge of our stuff before we left figuring we didn’t want to come back to a lot of the junk we had accumulated over the years. We left all of our furniture behind with the exception of my office chair and the kids toy storage unit. Beyond that everything stayed.
The original plan had been for everything to stay in the house. We moved all the personal items to the basement and the furniture stayed where it was. We had a sudo-friend living in the house and it was just him so leaving it all behind was fine. Again, it was for 2 years.
But just past 1 year, we had to formally evict our friend from the house. And we had new tenants that would move in that didn’t need all our furniture. So off to storage it all went, in a POD (which is quite cool since they deliver the storage unit to your house and then pick it up when you are done). I was lucky to have a great group of friends who helped me load it up and get it ready for storage. It made for a stressful “vacation” home having to move everything but it needed to get done one way or another.
Now a few years later, just when we thought we were coming back home, we found that instead we are moving to Amsterdam. And so I told Josh… “I want my stuff”. Now there is nothing wrong with Ikea. It’s actually quite a great place. But I’ve got nice solid wood bedroom sets and furniture that I want that’s sitting in storage doing nothing. Photo albums, including all our wedding pictures. Dishes and serving ware that are there too. Winter clothes that we didn’t need in Barcelona (which admittedly after 4 years in storage are no longer really in fashion and I got rid of those too). Lamps. My desk. Oh I miss my nice desk. And much more.
While Josh wasn’t thrilled at the idea of bringing this stuff over, he was accommodating. I think it had something to do with me being willing to move to yet another country for his career. But it had to be within reason since it’s likely we will have to pay to ship it back eventually. Plus, our house in the Netherlands is smaller than the house we had in Attleboro and the homes are built for smaller furniture unlike our bulky US stuff. And there is no storage in this house – no garage, no attic, no basement. So again, within reason.
And so the POD was delivered to my parents house for me to start the purging process again. Just to recap, we still have a shipment of goods going from Barcelona to Amsterdam as well. So let the purging process begin. There was a (sad) method to my madness – going on the left, staying on the right, to be determined in the middle. I emptied the POD of everything except for furniture since the movers would be just packing that up and putting it into the container anyways so why move it twice.
I did a little bit every day and my mom helped me to sort thru a bunch of bins as well, making the time go by so much faster and feeling like I actually got some things done. Eventually I felt like I was done – there was nothing left in the middle. But then I talked to Josh and re-evaluated my “done” and went thru the keep pile yet again. Several carloads have gone to charity and more than I expected of the boxes are staying. In the end, it came down to about 30 boxes and then furniture that was heading to Amsterdam. Not so bad I say!!!