Wishes And Pixie Dust

Follow the journey of a Wisconsin family of 4 who relocated to the Walt Disney World area in July 2011

The Plastic Shoebox

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

One of my passions is to collect recipes. Ok, not really a passion but a hobby. If I see a recipe I like, I will cut it out of the magazine or paper and place it in a plastic shoebox. When Naveen and I were first married, I did this a lot. There never seemed to be time during the day to sort through the recipe clippings and organize them, so the shoebox moved with us from our home in Chicago to Wisconsin. This was twelve years ago, and believe it or not, last night I finally sorted through that shoebox. I recycled most of what was in there, and the chore took me one hour. Twelve years to store one shoebox. One hour to sort through the shoebox. Yikes.

What does this have to do with moving, you ask?

It makes me wonder, as I look at all our belongings, do we really need all this stuff? Have we held on to it because we really received enjoyment from it, or do we keep it because that’s what people do. They keep their stuff. The pressing question for us right now is: Do we want this badly enough to move it, or can we replace it when we arrive in Florida? We have already made a mental list of what we are selling, and what we are moving. If it has sentimental value or is not easily replaced, it will move with us. Thankfully, the ‘selling’ pile is larger than the ‘keeping’ pile.

The next question at hand is: Do we have a rummage sale to try to sell our possessions, or do we simply Freecycle/Craigslist/Goodwill it? Traditionally we have not done that well at previous sales, but we also were not motivated by a move to Florida, either. We do not live on a busy street, and we would not be able to team up with other families, which I know are two of the big rummage sale “no-no’s”. I’m just not sure it’s worth our time and effort to hold a sale. But then again, it is money that could be put towards moving expenses. Thoughts?

We are excited to be moving forward with our plans; we have updated our website and are so ready to become residents of Florida. Our goal date is September 15, 2012, but we are not opposed to moving earlier if the opportunity arises. We’re so glad that you are following us on our journey and hope to be posting more regularly.

Jen

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