I have a friend who is getting ready to move from one beach condo (where she’s been living for the past 7 months), to another beach condo (where she will live for the next 6 months) — I know, rough life isn’t it? However, she’s also maintaining a home in another part of the state as her permanent residence. So basically – living in 3 places at once. My thought – this is a PERFECT time for her to declutter!
In looking through the ‘stuff’ that’s accumulated at the first beach condo that wasn’t there when she moved in (like assorted shells, sea glass, coffee mugs, sisal rugs, lawn chairs, etc.) it’s a conundrum for her – whether to pack it all up and move it, toss it out and start over, or begin to live a minimalist life for the next 6 months!
The hard part with stuff like that is the emotional attachment that it can bring. The shells and sea glass are memories of great visits on the beach with friends and family; the coffee mugs were purchased in special shops that they visited. I suppose accumulating things like this can occur anywhere, but seem more prevalent in typical “vacation” spots. So now that she’s got to pack up and move to yet another temporary location, how practical is it to move it all?
I’ve tried to look at it from a professional standpoint, giving the same advice I would normally — “if you haven’t used it in 6 months/if it doesn’t fit/if it’s not something you really enjoy”, etc. — but my usual arguments seem to be failing this time. Realistically, there’s not THAT much stuff. I mean, how much room can a bowl of sea shells really take up?
Finding creative ways to display treasured objects is a great practice to follow no matter where you live. We’re going to err on the side of NOT decluttering, but being okay with moving a few extra things. After all, it’s temporary, and the decision will have to made again in 6 months. I think she’ll wait and deal with it then!