Last night, with our common habit of romantic-plus-hilarious text message exchanges, the move to Yellowknife became the official plan.
Now on to the fairly large endeavour of moving my entire life from one city to another city a couple thousand kilometres away. The biggest and most time consuming part of this is dealing with the stuff. As luck would have it, I’m a minimalist and have already decluttered to the point where I was able to count and list everything I own – about 450 items. This includes only one piece of large furniture and many small items that take limited space.
Because I am moving into a fully furnished apartment, I mostly only need to bring personal belongings. I’ve used my item list to start the decision process of what to bring along, and currently I’m down to about 125 items*, many of which are very small. I’ll be re-purchasing a few things in Yellowknife, that are either impractical to ship, or are old and I need to replace anyhow. Eventually my total possessions should be around 150; quite a lovely low number for a minimalist.
But the actual process of reducing and moving my things is a lot harder than modifying a spreadsheet. Things that I’m taking into account include:
- When can I get rid of the item? Immediately or last minute?
- Is it worth attempting to sell?
- Is it appropriate to give to the thrift store?
- Or is it only good for a free-giveaway on Kijiji or should it just be thrown away?
- Is this something my ex would want or I can just leave with my housemate? (These are the best ways to get rid of things.)
As far as items I’m bringing, I want to make sure I only bring things that I use consistently, really like (especially for clothes – the biggest section), or aren’t replaceable. Even though YK is a lot smaller than I’m used to, it has all the major stores, and there’s always online shopping, so if I’m not sure that I need something it’s better to not bring it.
My plan of attack is to start with items that I can take to the thrift store ASAP. If I can get those out of the way it will make my current quarters feel less chaotic. Decluttering paperwork is also a priority. I tend to save paper items with a plan to refer back to them in the future, but I need to be honest with myself if this is ever actually going to happen. Paperwork sorting will also allow me to find any user manuals for electronics I will be selling.
The other part I’ll take on very soon is having my ex come over and reclaim any items that he wants. This is win-win, as he avoids some purchases and I get rid of a lot of moderately sized items quickly and with no hassle.
The decluttering project weighs heavily on my mind and also gives me something to work on while I wait for the days to pass (29!), so I’m eager to work on it. Updates on my progress will follow.
*Current rough estimate of items I’m planning to take if you are interested:
|extra top sheet||1|
|hot water bottle||1|
|greeting card packs||2|
|knitting needle sets||4|
|cross stitch project||1|
|various cross stitch floss||1|
|board game project||1|
|large plastic bins||3|