Move! That! YARN!

Before I moved to New Jersey, I lived in Ohio. I had a quaint little three bedroom house. It was lovely. When Brian and I started dating, he would say that he was visiting the “Zen Castle,” whenever he would come over.

I crocheted at the time, not knowing how to knit yet. I still had a yarn stash, because I was raised with the bumper sticker that still hangs in my grandma’s sewing room, “Whoever dies with the most fabric, wins!!!” I always admire those knitters/crocheters who can buy only the yarn they need for their current project and then actually make it and only buy their next set of yarn when they know what they’ll make next. I’m more of a, “This $18 skein of yarn is on sale for $2!!!! I’m saving $16 by buying this yarn now! I know I will make SOMETHING beautiful with it….someday.” Hence, the stash that is overfilling our current living situation.

The day I decided to ditch the three bedroom house that I owned alone to move into a one bedroom apartment that I would share with my now husband, should have been a stressful one. But it wasn’t. It was almost… spiritual. Enlightening. It was time for me to take everything I owned and only bring what I could fit into the new apartment. Lucky for me, along with the skills of sale shopping, comes the skill of manipulating objects to fit like the talent of a TETRIS superstar.

I was told I was allowed to bring one plastic bin of yarn. So I packed and condensed and made one nice bin of my favorites…

BUT THEN, when packing dishes, why use newspaper? That’s a lot of trash. BE GREEN! Use yarn! A trick shown to me by my mother. So, even though I had my single bin of yarn, I packed all of the delicates and breakables in my house with the remaining skeins…

That’s what I call SMART.

As for the rest of my things, it was very sad to have to part with them, but really, a person can accumulate so much STUFF. And how much of it do you REALLY need? (I feel like I’m failing my family by saying this…)

SO current day, we are moving once again. This time, to our first place as a married couple. It’s exciting and invigorating but once again: time to condense! Brian watched this documentary about two brothers who sold everything they owned, got a bike and cruised the country. At night they would sleep in trees. The concept was empowering, but he better not think I will be sleeping in a tree any time soon…I love STUFF.

So, in order to compromise, I’ve made a simple plan: Every evening for the next week, I’ll pick one thing to sort through and reorganize. So far, I’ve gotten rid of 20 + DVDs, about 30 random computer cables, 250 mini DV cassette tapes and I’m still going!

QUESTION FOR THE AUDIENCE: What’s your moving strategy? Are you a “Throw it all away and re-buy what you need” or a “This is all MINE, and it’s all coming with me!” Leave your opinion as a comment below, on what strategy you like best.

Before I moved to New Jersey, I lived in Ohio. I had a quaint little three bedroom house. It was lovely. When Brian and I started dating, he would say that he was visiting the “Zen Castle,” whenever he would come over.
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