So, as mentioned in our blog kickoff, the Us in Orlando family doesn't currently live in Orlando. We're currently residents of the Garden State, living just across the Hudson from the Financial District and commuting to the city each day. While there are a lot of amazing things about life in this area, the daily commute, high cost of living, and lack of local family are not on the list. Which is why we're returning to Orlando in May (so I suppose for the next few weeks this blog should be called "we were once, and will be again, in Orlando." ;) )
Determined to make this as proactive of a move as possible, we started packing two weeks ago. This past weekend we hired a sitter for Baby UIO and spent 12 hours packing and hauling. Having moved as a couple/family five times in four years, I'm amazed that we haven't gotten this down to a science (or truly embraced minimalism) yet. But, without further ado, here's what - and how - we decluttered as we packed. In total, we parted with 276 items this time around.
A smattering of some of our donations this time around
As the "Us in Orlando" family is nearing actually being in Orlando, it's a perfect time for us to think about streamlining and simplifying. We're moving from a near 1300 sq ft 4th floor apartment to a near 1000 sq ft single-level, single-family home. So, space will be at a premium!
As mentioned before on this blog, I've been inspired by She Picks Up Pennies - her approach to decluttering has encouraged me to be thoughtful as to the homes for items - the right donation location, the right resale, etc.
As new members of Twitter (new Tweeters?) we jumped on the challenge that Dragons on Fire posted - decluttering 1,000 items in the next year! I'll be tracking our decluttering journey here.
Some rules I am setting for us
Now, we're committed to starting this now (April), but we got a bit of a head start in March. Here's what we were able to do last month
looking forward to doing more and sharing more!
Blog posts are all by Mrs. Us in Orlando unless otherwise noted. A former military kid, she's glad to have landed in the sunshine state and enjoys year-round summer sports, making every book a "beach read", waterside walks with the fam, and iced lattes.