I’m a nester at heart. I need to feel settled whether it’s a hotel room for a weekend or a home that holds my store of holiday decorations. I need for everything to be just so - think “Monica” from Friend’s, but without the messy closet.
So it has been a new life challenge for me during the last few months to be “between homes” and figure out what I really need to feel grounded.
(For those of you who don’t know, I left my beloved farm December 1 when my lease ended and the owner elected not to renew. I sold many of my funishings and put others in storage and moved in with a (very!) generous friend. Then in January I went to Raleigh for six weeks to house sit for a friend and now I’m back in Virginia.)
I have unpacked and repacked bins and boxes as I figure out life day-to-day. I have learned to “need” less, but there are still “musts”:
My dog, Indie, (duh!) and all her “stuff,” most of which rides around with us in the van. Interstingly, her Theraplate has found a home next to the bed. #priorities
Fewer clothes and personal care goods than expected, though I am missing having to get dressed up for something.
Work-related stuff to include office supplies and files which are now uber-streamlined. Internet and a printer.
My leash making goods as it seems I picked a strange time to promote that business! This includes traveling with my sewing machine.
My smoothie-making and tea-drinking stuff. Turns out I’m addicted to both.
Great laundry machines including my clothes steamer - I’m apparently addicted to that, too.
You learn a lot about yourself when all the balls are tossed up into the air at once. I’ve tried to create new rituals for myself, ones that aren’t dependent on location or even time of day. I’ve actually improved my meditation habit, though my work out habit is another matter entirely.
I’ve always known I am a control freak (ha!), but what I can control is much different now, so I’m also learning to let go and go with the flow more. Clearly Life wanted me to learn a few lessons, and I am trying to be a good student.
Don’t misunderstand, I don’t see myself embracing a minimalistic lifestyle long term! I miss my art, king-sized bed, big closets, hot showers and daily long walks in nature.
I’ve said before, “Life happens for us, not to us,” and I’m determined to learn what I need to from this moment. In the meantime I am deeply grateful for the generosity of the people in my life, and a lot of free Internet.