I’m sharing some of my favourite photos of our stunning apartment view in this post because behind me our apartment is a ridiculous mess. Rubbermade bins line our hallway, clothes are strewn over the bed and items like golf clubs and camping gear are taking over the living room. It’s packing time!
To help with this process, my sister lent me The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. While I usually take books like this with a grain of salt, it has been super helpful with the discarding process, helping me prepare for our new life. It’s worth noting, all housing in Cayman, whether you’re renting or buying, comes fully furnished, so we’re basically getting rid of everything we own.
Marie’s method is all about joy – does this item bring joy to your life? – and it feels so freeing to rid our lives of anything we don’t absolutely need. Not to mention that we’ve decided to move everything over in suitcases on our flight, so we have a hard limit on how much we can bring.
But I’ve found the real joy has been giving new life to our old stuff. We gave a beautiful wooden desk chair to a new Syrian refugee family in our neighbourhood. We sold my flute (which hasn’t been touched in 15 years) to a man in Ottawa who was so excited to give it to his daughter. We’ve donated six full bags of clothes and a full box of books to charity.
It feels AMAZING to discard! It’s a little addicting and I find I have to remind myself to not discard everyyyyything. We watched the documentary Minimalism on Netflix over the holidays which left me greatly inspired to minimize the amount of stuff we own. By minimizing the amount of stuff (read: junk) we own and consume, it feels that we’re simplifying and lightening our lives along the way.
If you’re contemplating doing the same, I highly encourage you to do it. There’s something to be said about going through everything you own and becoming familiar with it, instead of wondering what might be lurking in the back of that over-stuffed storage locker!