Sunday, July 14, 2013

Waiting on My World to Change

by Leann

When we moved last year, things happened very quickly. Yes, selling your house in about a week is not what you plan on! (It sure was nice to get a deal that quickly, of course!) Beforehand, we'd done a lot of clearing out, putting belongings in storage, throwing away useless objects, purging our life of mucho paper (which was shredded and recycled) and giving many things to charity.

A year later, we are in a rental house and most of our stuff remains boxed
up or in storage. I noticed today that because I SO want this place to be a very temporary home, I haven't made any attempt to make this place more like what I was used to in Texas. Objects put on shelves or in closets remain there, untouched. It's like my mind is reassuring me that this, too, shall pass.

But now, I so miss my quilts, my fabric stash, my dishes, my pictures of
family, my Amish made dining room table, my piano and the collectibles I always kept where I could admire them, take comfort in them and feel the joy of the memories they evoke. I collect cat folk art. I only have one piece here--what a friend sent me for Christmas. I miss walls dotted with pictures my sister painted or cross stitch projects I created.

When you race into a new stage of life, you anticipate all the wonderful things that will happen. I suppose I need to return to anticipation stage because waiting on this rental house world to change just isn't happening.
The good news is, I will have a "Christmas" unlike any other when we finally move once our house is built--boxes and boxes of wonderful gifts to re-explore and appreciate more than ever. I hope anyone in the southeast doing the "non-rain" dance will keep up the effort so we can back to building a house!

Ever put your stuff in storage for a year or more? What was it like to get it all back? I'd love to hear!

BTW--I haven't forgotten the giveaway, but having a very sick cat and a very sick me (bronchitis) has me behind in all normal daily activity. But the winner(s) will hear from me soon!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

My dad was in the service and we moved from Virginia to Germany and it took 4 months for so for our stuff to get there and then when we moved from Germany to New Jersey it took about 6 months. It does feel weird living without all your things around you.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, we had to keep a lot of stuff in storage. Getting it back finally was great except some of the things were mildewed.

It's tougher being sick when your kitty is too.

Leann Sweeney said...

It sure does? But absence makes the heart grow fonder! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

That is something I am worried about even though it's in "climate controlled" storage. When I was in there a few times, the "climate" seemed rather tropical!

Aurian said...

I can't imagine that Leann, I do hope you get to unpack a few boxes to enjoy your fabrics and hobbies. And your unit better not end up on Storage Wars! I am totally addicted to shows like that at the moment.

Leann Sweeney said...

Aurian, that is why I MAKE SURE that payment to the storage place is made on time every month!!! :-) I want my piano back!!

Carol B said...

Yes, when I moved in with my parents to help them out when they reached their 80s, I had to put a lot of stuff in storage. Finally we found room for it here in the house, after I ended up giving away most of it. Even now, though, some of it is still boxed up. I get a little aggravated sometimes with people so caught up in being anti-"hoarding", and others who are offering reasonable organizing tips such as "If you haven't used it in a year, you don't need it." While that may be true a large percentage of the time, it isn't always. Not too long ago, while clearing out a closet which really was stuffed with no-longer-needed stuff, I found something that I had been searching for about five years, knowing that I had not thrown it away. Many times I came so close to spending money I couldn't afford to spend for a replacement, but hadn't. Since finding it, though, I have used it very nearly every day, and it has been a tremendous help. There are also things of a sentimental nature that I would NEVER allow to be disposed of in any way that I could help.

Leann Sweeney said...

I think you're absolutely right about not going along with "haven't used it in a year" Carol! If that were true, I wouldn't have any fabric at all!! :-) I haven't used my wedding dress or my daughter's wedding dress ever, but I WILL be keeping those things. What I found interesting is that my husband saves EVERYTHING and yet while we were going through stuff to see what we needed and wanted to save, he had plenty of opinions on what I should keep or not. I reserved judgment on his stuff. (And he has a WHOLE lot more than I do!)

Elaine Klingbeil said...

Your comment about your husband having an easy time tossing the things you want to keep but he keeps everything sounds a bit like around here, although my husband has gotten a little better about getting rid of some things that he finally sees should not be kept around. We still have things stored in boxes from our last move. Some of those things are sentimental. Some we need to go through again before we move again. We will be doing that boxing up and storing in the next year since my husband is retiring and we plan to move somewhere else. Since we don't have definite plans yet on what will be the best thing to do, it would be best to get rid of a lot. But I have my "I Love Lucy" Barbie dolls that I need to keep. I have books that I like to reread. They take up room. So we will see how this all goes. We did lose a few things after we moved here in 2007. The storage units ended up getting water in them a few times and we had to go through and get rid of moldy things a couple of times. Now most of my things that could be damaged by moisture are stacked in our condo. Anyway, I pray you can get your house built soon and can get unpacked eventually. (I just got another book out of one of those boxes to reread.)

Leann Sweeney said...

I am glad to know I'm not alone with having a "supervisor" husband. And I can only hope with all the rain we've had that the storage place didn't flood! I never thought of that. Maybe I can "supervise" someone right over there! :-)

ANNETTE said...

I am so very sorry to hear that you have been ill. Hope all is better now. And I know your kitty is a chronically ill cat, so I hope that between you and the vet you can learn a way to manage it all.

Take care - and when you open the boxes it will be as if you have won the lottery, wonderful, beautiful things which are treasures....it's all good.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette. Part of it is that I am asthmatic and we are living in a 50 year old house. This is the second time since January that I have developed bronchitis and that's why. And you are right! It WILL be like winning the lottery when we finally move! :-)

Elaine Klingbeil said...

We had to keep old 8 track tapes and the tape deck for a long time! I think he may have finally given it up last year. At least I hope so. The tapes were brittle already years ago. But he had gotten that in college and he hated to give it up. And then there are the baseball cards. You would not believe the baseball cards! ;-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, I believe. I wish I had taken a picture of our garage before we left Texas. We could have opened an online nuts, bolts and screw store. And I am sure he brought them all to South Carolina. :-)