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The Moving Game

I mentioned on Monday that moving can be really fun. Yes the packing is tedious and the loading/unloading furniture makes me want to run to the nearest chiropractor, but the whole process is exciting. We are less than 2 weeks out from another move, so we are currently playing what I like to call "The Moving Game". This is the completely made up game where we see how empty we can get the refrigerator and how much we can downsize before it's time to move.

Dinners are going to become less than blog-worthy as I serve Parker tuna with a banana with yogurt and a side of almonds. Wife of the year, right? Thankfully he is a guy and will literally eat anything I put in front of him. Thank you Lord for an easy husband. It's all about emptying that fridge and clearing out those cabinets.

We started going through our closets and making a pile of clothes we haven't worn in a while or items that have just been collecting dust since our last move. Now granted we hadn't done this in a while, but we had a trunk load ready to go to Goodwill in no time. It seems just a little ridiculous, especially for a couple who seems to move like it's a casual hobby.

So now I am trying to adapt a new art form: the art of downsizing. We have a lot of things sitting on shelves that we don't touch. We have picture frames in closets still taped up from our last move...literally. We have gadgets and gizmos that really just junk up the room, for lack of a better way to say that. Parker and I talked about this a lot one night this week, and the next morning we both jumped out of bed and started grabbing things to donate. If we haven't used it since we moved to Kingsville last May, it's clearly something we can live without. That was our rule of thumb as we rummaged through our things, and we couldn't believe just how many items fell into this category!


In light of this new downsizing concept, we will be playing the moving game on steroids. Less clutter, less stuff, less stress. That makes sense, right? One of my goals is to be more organized with our life and with our things. I used to be so organized and have everything sorted and stacked perfectly. I don't know what happened, but that Chelsea is no more. Chelsea version 2.0 would lose her head if it weren't attached. Seriously, it's bad. In organizing one room at a time, I was able to identify what we needed, what we would like to keep, and what was just unnecessary moving forward. Adopting this philosophy has Parker and I energized and excited about the future and living in a new place!

Have you ever gone through a downsizing phase? Did you just take a breath of fresh air at the end of it all?

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16 comments :

Jen said...

We downsize with every move we make. It makes life so much easier, we never move ourselves but I always feel bad when the movers come and see all the junk they have to pack and move.

Brianna said...

That's a GREAT philosophy! It doesn't make sense to move things that you don't need and/or want. Definitely will make the moving process that much easier ... good luck! I'll be praying for you two over the next few weeks :).

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

haha! That picture is so cute!

Janelle Vannice said...

I love this post! I can't wait to start decluttering my house soon to prepare for our move!! :)

Amy said...

i'm so excited for y'alls new adventure!
i definitely need to downsize some stuff...so i cant wait to hear all about what y'all get rid of. :)

Tammy Jo said...

I try to downsize everytime I move which isn't as often as y'all lol

Kourtney Martin said...

Same boat! We've got a two weeks left to finish downsizing and then the movers will be here! Good luck to y'all :) Where are you headed next?

Susannah said...

We're probably going to be moving in a few months and downsizing our stuff is definitely something I'm looking forward to!!! :-)

Rachel Lynn said...

We are trying to sell our house so I've been doing the exact same thing. I know a move is coming, just not when. We've actually got a couple empty rooms now because we decided we really didn't like the furniture.

Good luck with the downsizing and packing and the actual move!

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Jessa @ Life of A Sports Wife said...

We downsize everytime we move too. Should be interesting!!

Stephanie Kirby said...

This is awesome!!! It's always refreshing to declutter! That is one of my goals....reorganize and get rid of the mess we don't need. Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes. =)

Ashley said...

I wish I had your optimism about packing and moving! Maybe its the helpful husband that I'm missing lol. I've done three moves 75% by myself, and I keeping my fingers crossed that this time my husband will be here for the one in October. I'm trying to start decluttering now so I don't get overwhelmed later. Thanks for the push!

Ashley said...

I need to go through my clothes. That is honestly the worst part I've found about moving... I have wayyy too many clothes. Good luck to you!

Marley Marie said...

Okay first off, that dog is just too adorable! Second, I know exactly what you mean. We just moved into our new house and ya actually physically moving everything was awful but being able to go through all of our crap was great and much needed!
-Marley

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Kat said...

You don't realize how much junk you have until you have to move. DK and I need to do a serious decluttering before we move in together!

Stephanie said...

We are starting the process of this too! We don't have a move coming soon, but I am getting sick of all the boxes that are still packed. So ridiculous...

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