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2007 January 6 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

Clearing out the rubbish

6th January 2007

Clearing out the rubbish

A miraculous thing happened today. Perhaps not quite on par with a miracle, but pretty darned great. Our daughters’ room is spic and span. Where in the world does that phrase come from? I’ll have to look in Wikipedia. Anyway, that was our project for today and we started it at 9:30am. We completed it about 4pm. In between there was a visit from Nana and Granddad and then nap time for everyone, so we didn’t work straight through, but we did do it together  (mostly my husband and me). I love working together with my husband on projects like this because I believe we’re actually more efficient and he reckons that we also work longer, egging each other on to a higher level of perfection. Whatever it is, it works. We sorted out toys to keep and those to give away or sell, we sorted clothes, we figured out places to put everything, we replaced batteries so toys work properly. And then we showed our oldest daughter where everything goes. It’s brilliant.

I’ve read recently that January is super-duper organisation month, which doesn’t surprise me considering it’s the beginning of the year and New Year’s resolutions and all that. Our reason for sorting (and we’ve been doing a lot of it the last few weeks) is that we’re anticipating a rather large move this year. I haven’t said anything up until now, even though it’s been very much on my mind, because we hadn’t told all the important people. We’ve now told all of our family so now I can tell you, all three of my readers.

We are in the process of getting a green card for my husband so that we can shift to the United States.

I hope you can understand the enormity of this situation - it’s huge. I won’t go into many details right now because I’m sure I’ll be mentioning it again. But because we’re anticipating moving across the Pacific Ocean, we’re thinking long and hard about what stuff we actually want to pay to move with us. And basically, that’s not much. None of our appliances will go with us because of course they use a different voltage of electricity. None of our furniture is going with us because 1) the piano is way to heavy to think about shifting and I don’t want to think about what moving it all that way will do to it and 2) except for our beds, none of our furniture is worth keeping anyway! So we’ve been sorting things slowly, going through books and CDs and toys and clothes and deciding if we really want to move it with us. If we’re not willing to pay for it to be moved, why keep it now? I LOVE IT! Because the less stuff we have, the less mess we make and the less there is to clean.

The challenge will be - can we maintain this same level of simplicity once we move? Granted, we still have a lot of stuff now, we’re just in the beginning stages of weeding things out (and we love selling stuff on Trade Me and making a bit of cash) but as we get rid of more and more stuff I think we’ll find that we don’t even miss it. Our basic criteria is if the cost of replacing it is going to be more than the cost of shipping it, then we don’t ship it. For example, many of the kids’ toys come directly from America via generous grandparents. The Fisher-Price Little People Animal Farm sells for about NZ$70 here. We can replace it in America for less than $20 on sale. I can probably sell it for NZ$40 so of course I’m going to try!

I guess Flylady was right - clearing out the rubbish really does give you freedom! I highly recommend it.

More updates on the immigration thing at another time. I’d quite like to get the story in writing so I don’t forget it. It’s amazing to see how God is working to make things happen

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