I can’t believe it has been a whole month since my last post. I really don’t understand where March went and I really really can’t comprehend that it is already April, which means that it is only 4 months and 27 days until I go travelling (not that I’m counting or anything…)!
A few weeks ago I moved out of my flat and in with my parents. I used the whole moving out process as a good kick up the bum to get rid of those material things I don’t need. In other words, a proper Spring clean.I had two whole bookcases full of books that I’d read and was probably never going to read again. It was an emotional process of sorting through them and then donating to the different charity shops on Ashby high-street. Some of the books I’d read as a child (Jacqueline Wilson), some had gotten me through Uni (Irvine Welsh) and some were just pure classics (Little Women, Schindler’s List, 1984). But I now own a Kindle and don’t have space to hoard. So I plucked up the courage and got rid!The majority of furniture in the flat was already second hand, but it was still in decent condition. Gumtree and eBay therefore became my saviour. Not only did it mean I didn’t have to do lots of heavy lifting on moving day but it meant getting a few quid for things I no longer needed and that the furniture was going to a new home instead of being sent to landfill. It’s ridiculous how much perfectly good furniture get’s binned every year.
When I eventually have my own place and need to furnish and decorate, this will be something I think about. There are so many charity shops, websites and auction houses offering beautiful preloved furniture for just a fraction of the cost. Even if it isn’t in great condition, a sand down, lick of paint or reupholstering can work wonders. Finally, moving into my parents I knew me and Rob had only a single wardrobe to share. Despite having gotten rid of a load of clothes in 2017 I still had dresses, shoes and jackets I hadn’t worn in ages and that would be of no use to me on my travels. I made a Depop account and managed to find my clothes and shoes another owner and lease of life.Over the years I’d managed to accumulate so much stuff, the majority of which had no use what-so-ever. Even since trying to live more consciously I had still bought material things unnecessarily. But since this big Spring clean and knowing that come September all I will have is a 60 litre rucksack with my worldly items in, I really don’t think I’ll ever get into that position again.
As it’s now starting to get more Spring-like (no more snow please!), why don’t you have a good Spring clean yourself? It really is quite liberating.