moving & May spring cleaning

I’m hardly interested in spending my spare moments cleaning. And I’m definitely not interested in spending my writing time writing about it.

As I sit beside my husband weeding through his single tote of memorabilia, handing papers and old cards to our son to go throw on the simmering firepit outside, I am reminded that the only way to simplify spring cleaning is not to own stuff.

Or not to own too much stuff — because every ‘stuff’ requires organizing.

This spring I have the fortuitous benefit of moving.

Having had moved more times than I can count, right from childhood to an adventurous adulthood, I have learned a few things about moving.

1. Keep your boxes. Never going to sell that home right? Been there done that. And four years after we built our dream home, we moved. In another week we’ll move into another beautifully built home, and we’ll never move, but I’m not burning the boxes.

2. Stare down everything you own and decide where it will live. A place for everything and everything in its place. If it doesn’t have a home within your home, it doesn’t need to be in your home.

3. Get rid of stuff –especially stuff you haven’t used for two years. Yes, I’m liberal, because frankly I don’t want to rid myself of the fruit dryer when I’m waiting for the apple orchard to develop. If you don’t feel good in that blouse, don’t keep it. No reason to keep those towels you’ve owned since you were married–they look horrible so cut them into the rags that they already appear to be. I have learned through travelling that living on less usually means enjoying your stuff more. And living your life in the moment is satisfying; living to organize your stuff, not so much. Less is more.

4. Don’t rely on moving companies to organize things the way you want. I could insert frustrating moving experience story here, but suffice to say, you might not think your toddler’s potty belongs in the same huge box as your dining room chair, with the extra hangers and plastic food storage containers, so start early and pack it yourself. (And put only stuff for one room in one box then label, label, label).

5. It’s hard to say goodbye to friends. So don’t. Say see you later. Don’t lose the connections with special people. Make an effort to maintain connection. The people who are meant to be in your life will always gravitate back towards you, no matter how far they wander. (

Oh, but I mentioned May spring cleaning with this moving post. So this year’s plan? Hire someone. I’ve got better things to do. Carpe cleanum!