My granny squares are coming along nicely. Update soon!
We are beginning to settle in this new home of ours. Our days are packed with...unpacking. All day. Through this we've learned one important fact: "we don't need all this stuff!"
I went through a minimalist phase a couple of months ago and got rid of a lot of my stuff; books, clothes, gifts from people I love, things that hold sentimental value to me. And I regret it. I loved all those things I donated and threw out, but after reading a whole bunch of articles and blogs on minimalism I felt like a selfish person for owning these things while others in the world were suffering.Was I a horrible person for owning so many things? I still don't know the answer to this.
Greg was not on board with my minimalist phase. He's the "what if I need it later?" guy. I'm the obsessive declutter-er. Before the movers came and unloaded boxes upon boxes of crap into our new place, I felt overwhelmed. We had already been living in this empty apartment for a week, and it felt so comfortable. We had been living out of our suitcases for over a month and didn't miss a thing.
Things felt...easy. We didn't have to clean much, and we honestly couldn't remember what the movers were going to bring to us on that day. We had forgotten almost everything we packed! I kept thinking, "Wow, is all this stuff really important if I can't even remember what the hell this stuff is?"
The best part: After unpacking and looking through all of our boxes, Greg agreed. We both wanted less stuff. I was relieved when he finally realized that. So we unpacked, organized, sorted, and donated. Repeat. And we got rid of a lot. And it feels good.
This move made me realize some things. First, I have to be able to compromise with Greg. I can't always have it my way. If t were up to me, I would have gotten rid of so much more, but I need to respect his boundaries, and remember that we are partners. I'm also not going to get obsessive about certain things. It's okay to have nice things in your home.
This quote speaks to me now. I can't have clutter in my home, because clutter around me literally clutters my mind. I know this. BUT, I don't have to get rid of everything. I like having nice things around me, and that's okay.