How much stuff have you got? Because we’ve got LOADS! It’s not like I’m bragging, it’s not valuable; it’s just stuff…imagine our house is like the back of a giant’s sofa; it’s all the detritus that falls down the back. It seems that almost everyday involves a trip to the local recycling centre and / or charity shops in order to clear it out.
Some of the stuff we’ve found (and subsequently said goodbye to) includes:-
8 mobile phones. (none working)
7 tapas dishes (various sizes, 2 broken)
17 part-filled cans of paint
Mud guards (for a bike I no-longer own)
The list goes on…
You see, when you’re preparing to rent out your house and disappear for a while, you’ve really only got 4 choices for your gear: –
Give it away
These choices tend to be taken in the order laid out above, with things moving from one bucket to the next (although I found some old gym trainers that went straight to option 4.)
Getting paid for some of this is great! There seems to always be someone who hasn’t got enough ‘stuff’ of their own and is willing to pay good money for more. But when you’re short on time a disproportionate amount finds its way into options 3 and 4. The charity shops around us have done well (if your definition of “well” is getting my 15 year old ski jacket to sell in July!)
The point is that it’s good to have a reset, and most of us could do with a bit of extra space in our lives. Look at all that “stuff” you’ve accumulated, are you really going to use those Balti dishes or the jug with ‘Sangria’ stencilled on the side from your Spanish holiday circa 2002. For us, this trip represents a chance to take back some of that space and clear our lives and heads too.
I’m keeping the Blade Runner DVD though…it’s the Directors Cut!