Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SimpLIFEfy 365... backwards

I guess it's time to spill the beans and explain why this blog fizzled out so quickly.  It wasn't that I stopped going through my things; it was that I wasn't in a position to go through anything anymore, as very little of my stuff is actually with me.

In some ways, it's like simplifying everything, all at once, and then adding back what I actually want and miss -- kind of like the guy in the book Stuffocation who packed everything he owned into boxes, and then only took out what he actually needed in his day-to-day life.  My stuff isn't boxed up in another room, but it's accessible if I need it... only, for the most part, I haven't.

Without getting into too many personal details, my husband and I separated on Easter, which is -- as you might have noticed -- about when this blog fizzled out.  I moved out with really only a few days' worth of clothes, my computer, and a few other things I deemed all-important.  I have been staying with a friend ever since, and although I have brought some more clothes with me since then, I don't have much more than what I left home with a month ago.

This is the extent of it at the moment:

This is my room at my friends house.  None of the furniture is mine, but was already in the room.  All that is mine are my clothes and a few random bags of stuff I have gotten (cleaning stuff, a birthday present from the family I nanny for, and a couple of purchases I splurged on).  And of course my computer, which you can't see in the picture -- that is probably the least expendable possession I have.

My friend already had a roommate moving in this summer, so soon I will have to pick up and move again, this time to another friend's house where I'll have a more permanent residence.  At that point I will start getting more of my stuff, and I'll be deciding what to bring with me and what to get rid of or leave behind.

I don't know if this is permanent, but it certainly could be.  In any case, it's a good exercise in living with less, and leading a more simple life.  In many ways, I'm looking forward to that prospect.

What I also don't know at the moment is how my situation will affect this blog.  If it becomes permanent, I'm thinking that instead of getting rid of something every day and posting about it, I will post about what I decide to let back into my life, and why.  This may not start for a week or two, though, depending on how long it takes me to move into my other friend's house and start getting settled enough to bring things over.

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