Downsizing

There is so much to sort through, sell, donate, and throw away. It’s really overwhelming to think about at work when I can’t do anything to work towards the move! Naturally, that means it is blog post time.

I get to store some things at my dad’s but want to keep it minimal. Here’s what is staying:
Baby clothes, diapers, toys, bottles, and books.
Books for when Wallace is older and favorites of mine.
Chairs and China I have inherited.
Papers, photos, and sentimental things.

Wallace’s things are the hardest for me to downsize because it isn’t mine. I have been slowly moving things into garage sale piles but some of it he can’t see me do. Like all the Little People toys he has been given but doesn’t really play with and half the stuffed animals… Clothing is much easier! Books are another beast altogether. I weed out ones we don’t care for and more appear I their place (or he steals them back from Gramma’s house). We are just going to have to come up with places to stash them, after I weed out more.

Kitchen items and food is next to go. We had a very tiny kitchen in Chicago, but I bought a big shelf and was able to use that for our pantry. With the new AIP thing, so many foods are now off limits. I think it will be a long time, if ever, before I can eat grains again, so I will be giving all my gluten free baking stuff to a friend. I will keep oats, rice, noodles, quinoa, etc for Wallace and possible guests. I have already sorted out spices but hope to be able to add those in again. I haven’t decided what to do with them.

My MH has a microwave (1996), a coffee pot (original? 1986), and the typical stove/oven. I was given a toaster oven for christmas and just bought a ninja cooking system ($46!). I will be tossing my very old rice cooker and giving the steamer I never use to my mom. I have a juicer, an ice cream maker, a mini food processor, a mixer, a blender, a food scale, and a mini crock pot (don’t think I will keep that). I am likely forgetting something but am not sure I have room for all of that. I haven’t used the ice cream maker in a while but this diet means any store bought ice cream isn’t safe. I like using the juicer but don’t use it enough. Blender is almost daily. I think I will be taking out the coffee pot because I don’t drink coffee and it blocks the kitchen window. Dishes, pans, and baking supplies should be easy because I don’t have a ton as it is.

Books. Omg. Books. I love and miss them. They are my friends and I don’t want to get rid of them. I have been sorting through them for a while now and finding some to sell online. I just don’t know how I can part with enough of them to make them fit in my designated spots. Sewing and crafting stuff is also something I have a lot of that I’m not sure how to downsize. I want to actually get some of my creations up for sale and use it for income but it just didn’t get done last semester.

Bathroom, my clothes, shoes, and office stuff will be easier to go through. Bedding and pillows might be hard to know what we will need and what can be done without. I’m sure there are more categories of stuff but my brain just gives up after a while. I am not sure how to actually pack and sort when we can’t just move into the motorhome and live in it a few days while we sell and get rid of things. The driveway is sloped so we can’t sleep in it. I am trying to get us used to it and prepare Wallace, who requested to read books in it last night.

In other news, we can’t move until the 5th wheel I bought over the summer sells. And, my gramma is not doing well and is on hospice at the nursing home she has lived in for a while. She has dementia and is 92, so I only hope it doesn’t drag out for her.

About JennP

Single mom by choice, lesbian, natural living, parenting, car free, Chicago.Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment!
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4 Responses to Downsizing

  1. kayrosey says:

    You know, I’m a hard core reader and major book lover, but one of the best things I’ve ever done it get rid of all my books. I have a handful that are sentimental for one reason or another, and by a handful I literally mean 10 or less. I use the library exclusively and never buy, except select cook books. I highly recommend doing it!

  2. I wish I were better about using the library. I’m pretty inconsistent. Mostly, I buy books at book sales and other used sources. I have very few I pay full price for. I have a lot of breastfeeding

  3. Books, Buddhism, and other reference health books. I like to have these around. I also really like just grabbing a book I see on my shelf and reading it.

  4. Sarah says:

    That sounds incredibly overwhelming. Even when you know that once things are gone, you probably won’t miss them (in my experience, anyway) it’s hard to let them go. And I feel the same way about books and my kids’ things.

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