(on my nightstand)
We've been working to get out of this apartment for a month (Gabe arrived here mid-May), and it's not looking any better. So, I've thrown that whole "we'll only be in this apartment for a month" thing to the wind...and have unpacked a bunch of my things. What else do I have to do, but unpack, arrange things and repack when we leave this apartment?
Pretty much nothing. ;)
One of the best parts about this move was the ability to sift through all my things...then pack up my severely narrowed-down "keeps" to be rediscovered in a new house. I've talked a lot about "things + stuff" throughout this process...I know...but this was such a huge lesson for me to learn. That by whittling down what you have, you feel you have more. That same ideology has followed me here: stop carrying dead material weight. Aside from an IKEA trip to purchase homey items not furnished by our apartment (a few comfy throw pillows, a cozy blanket and a candle), I haven't bought anything frivolous. No clothes, make-up, jewelry, no unnecessary home purchases in over two weeks. Don't get me wrong, the American in me still loves things! I'm not that good. You know I'm online window shopping and itching to make an unnecessary purchase. I'm plotting what it will be. But, I haven't popped yet. Knowing that at the end of this experience...everything has to get packed up +
dragged shipped back to the US? It's making me be a bit choosy.
Meanwhile, here are a few things that made the cut from my US life, and are now nestled in little spaces around our Kuwaiti apartment:
This Diana Camera was a find by my dad, a few weeks before my move. I grew up watching my dad fiddle with cameras, so it was special enough to come along.
Gulliver's Travels and the biography of a Saudi Arabian princess were gifts from my mom. She gifted me Gulliver's Travels on my 24th birthday, shortly before I was set to leave for Ireland to meet Gabe for the first time, and "Princess" in the weeks before I left for this adventure.
The framed print...well, it's from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Rebekka Seale. She also creates dreamy custom house portraits...which are incredible. (Spoken from experience! I gifted a house portrait to Gabe as his groom's gift on our wedding day.)
And finally...Rifle Paper Co notebooks. An indulgent purchase at a Paper Source shortly before Kuwait flight attempt #3. I knew it was my last chance to scoop up a little bit o' my brand of pretty. They remind me of the craft corner in my old apartment. Which I miss.
If you had to cut dead material weight...say to move to another country with only several boxes...what are a few frivolous things you'd keep?