The funny part about me wanting to bring a bunch of shoes back to England with me is the fact that I basically live in 1 or 2 pair of shoes, my flip flops and my sketchers but I want to have my shoes with me, if an occasion calls for me to wear them.
A little over 2 years ago, I started my initial purge. Since I was planning on traveling for awhile, and I needed money, I sold what I could and put the rest into storage (which consists of Nancy’s shed and attic). When I came back from England last summer, I wasn’t planning on going back so brought everything back with me. Then of course, a couple of months later I went back and I wish I had left my suitcase full of stuff there. Luckily, I was able to send a suitcase back with Lin who was in the states for Escape Into Books and I loaded another couple of suitcases full of stuff last year.
Now that I know definitively that I’m going to be in the UK for awhile, it’s time to start going thru the boxes I’ve had in Nancy’s shed for the last couple of years and get rid of things I don’t need and plan on how to get the things I want to keep to England. No way am I shipping, prices are outrageous. Luckily, Nancy and Kim will be coming for a visit at various points this year so I’m going to have them each bring a suitcase full of my stuff.
And of course, I’ll be flying home with a few extra suitcases. But first, I must purge! I used to be a person who kept every book that I bought, whether I loved it, liked it or hated it. But then I started to move and with each move (for awhile there in LA, I was moving once a year), I got rid of more books. And then ebooks came along and I got even more hardcore in regards to books. By the time I boxed up my books I only had 3 or 4 boxes of books, most of them signed. I can’t get rid of them. Didn’t even think about it. But I can’t bring them with me. That sucks!
With each move, my books were the first thing I unpacked. They are what made my house a home. I’d get my books set just so and then put my knick knacks and picture frames all around them. Hopefully more relatives come to visit and I’ll have each of them bring my books and let’s not forget my photo albums. Even tho I haven’t put together a photo album in years (digital photos have really made me lazy in that regard) I have 3 boxes of photo albums. Those are boxes I’m absolutely keeping but not bringing over yet.
I’ve gone a couple of year without my clothes so I don’t think I’m bringing a lot of it with me but it’s cold in England and I want to have more of my coats, which unfortunately are big and bulky, but oh so warm!
I also want to bring my knick knacks. I have a vase and tea set from Thailand, a tea set from Korea, candle holders given to me by friends, figurines I bought when I was in Kenya. So much of what I want to bring has sentimental value to me but then I’m also practical. I want some of my kitchen items that I just don’t want to buy again. Let’s not forget Christmas decorations. Last Christmas was hard with all of my decorations at home. Starting from scratch is expensive and we all know I’m a cheap asian.
Oh, and there’s my artwork. I don’t have a lot, but I have a watercolor I bought on a cruise and one I bought while in Greece that perfectly reminds me of walking down the street in Mykonos. I also have a large painting that I have no idea how I’m going to get moved. When I originally bought it on a cruise, I was able to carry it on the plane home with me, those lax days are gone. And while I love it, the idea of paying for a special box to check in at the airport just doesn’t seem likely (see above paragraph, lol).
As you can see, I’m not doing too well on the purging but I have Nancy pushing me and encouraging me when I’m waffling on whether to bring something with me. Now that I’ve gone thru my initial purge, I have to figure out what I can actually fit in suitcases and make more painful cuts. I’m not looking forward to it. But what I am looking forward to is seeing my stuff in my home in England. I can’t wait!