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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Well, we just got the quote for our move. It's a lot. My concern is that I am still bringing too much and will have no room for it in Spain. I have given away or sold about 1/2 our belongings. I know that I have to get rid of more, but am not sure what. As time has gone by, I have started to hang onto some things.

For those of you who have moved internationally, do you have any general ideas of what I should still be discarding? I have already given away or sold:
all bedroom furniture, all kitchen dishes, all winter coats, hats, scarves, all bedding, all small appliances, all family room furntiture, all casserole dishes, all sports equipment (we are only keeping our bikes, weights and yoga stuff), gas grill, all lawn and garden furniture, all flower planters, all bath towels, 1/3 my tableclothes, 1/2 our games, 2 fondue sets, 1/2 my vases and candlesticks....the list goes on....

Any ideas!
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    I've been downsizing our belongings since moving to a smaller home when we retired four years ago and am STILL working to 'release' things we don't truly need.

    Have you ever stayed in a condo at the beach or in the mountains? They have the things you REALLY need to cook and to live without all the extras. We spent a month in a condo in Florida last November and I found very few of my 'extras' I missed.

    I'm trying to use that experience to downsize more. I figure that with fewer belongings it will be much easier to stay organized (right now my cabinets are way too full.) Perhaps you could use this same mentality to decide what to take??
    1848 days ago
    I agree with LIS193 start with is hard I admit but hink about the realities of Spain and what you really need there not just what you are used to having here. Have you ever considered storing your things that you just can't part with...Maybe it is not the same for you since you don't plan on moving back...I may not move back either but I did not realize that when I left and I put a house full of what I had and felt I did not want to get rid of in a storage space. I have a lot of things in there and I pay 105 USD a month for it. In retrospect I probably would have gotten rid of more had I realized I would be perhaps not moving back but I still might have kept some in storage. Not exactly the answer you are looking for but it is something to thing about.

    Here we live pretty simply. I have almost no knick knacks. I have one large book case of books with four shelves. (I used to have a wall of books and then two more book cases.) We bought new dishes here and thought really hard about what kitchen ware we wanted to bring. One mistake I made was not bringing my Kitchen aid mixer even though I would need an adapter here. I had a beautiful one and thought it would be easy to replace. Oh you can replace them all right...but they are the equivalent of about 1000 USD! I still can't bring myself to pay that much!

    Anyway, I am so sleepy tonight but maybe after I have had a good nights sleep I will have some better ideas for you. Good luck!
    1858 days ago
    My overseas move was totally different. I could only take 80 pounds as a Peace Corps Volunteer and hubby could take 80. I had a relative-in-law with a storage shed who basically stored the half of our stuff we kept. I will say 3 years later when we went home the stuff we had stored, thinking it was valuable and important, was nothing we wanted any more. Best of luck in figuring out what you need and want to take. (I do wonder if you wouldn't be better off figuring out what to take rather than what to get rid of.) -Marsha
    1858 days ago
    good luck
    1858 days ago
    Gosh such a personal decision. For me, I was so ready to get rid of all the fancy glassware and dishes as I knew I wouldn't be doing that kind of entertaining anymore. But you like your fancy dinners and such so not sure. I am happy I brought my good cookware as things of a certain quality are hard to find and expensive. So without knowing what you can find and purchase in Spain it's hard to advise. I guess my best advice is to be excited about adopting the new culture and life and know that you will find new treasures!
    1858 days ago
  • LIS193
    It is hard to let go of things but having moved several times myself, there are always going to be boxes left unpacked (sometimes for years!) with stuff you don't need.
    It's a personal choice and the best way to approach it is to start with the absolute necessities and work up from there..
    Good luck!

    1858 days ago
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