Living on the boxes

Living on the boxesDespite the fact that we didn’t move house lately, we seem to have an awfully large amount of boxes laying around the house, garage and loft… wherever you look there is boxes filled with some stuff. Living around so many boxes is very tiring and it comes the moment when enough is enough. It is time to de-clutter… again!

Last year we had some big de-cluttering action going on (you can read about it here and here), but that was last year and in the last 12 months we seem to have accumulated, yet again, a lot of stuff which have no permanent home. We now have to start again, from the beginning, in order to bring our house back to its full potential and show its full glory; especially that we are thinking about selling… no one will look with favouritism at the house full of clutter that resembles a warehouse.

So back to the basics and let the selection begin – a pile for selling, a pile for the local charity, a pile for the rubbish tip and finally a pile to keep.

I really wish I was more organized and didn’t allow all this clutter to accumulate like this.

I wish I could make snap decisions right there on the spot regarding what to do with any particular item when it first comes in to my possession, but I can’t… I like keeping it all just in case… and then I wonder… in case of what?

In case I might need it one day?

In case someone else might need it one day?

In case of what?

I am actually not able to answer this question but it doesn’t change my desire to keep it all.

The thought of moving house again really scares me. The last time when we moved it was from a rented property. We had very limited possession of our own then. This time around it will be a totally different story as we have a big 4 bedroom house that is filled with stuff… we are going to need a bigger truck… or two to move all of these things.

We are at this crossroads at this moment and aren’t sure which way to go… but I think more roads are leading towards selling up and moving than staying put where we are now.

Looking back at our moving experience last time, we decided this time round we are going to get movers. Ideally I would love for them to pack everything, move us and unpack each box while we are on holidays relaxing and chilling out. I doubt this will happen unless we win the Lotto but… one can always dream.

Do you have any tips in regards to keeping your house clutter free or moving?

*Post written in collaboration with Eco Movers

18 thoughts on “Living on the boxes

  1. I love a good de-cluttering session – so cathartic. But you can guarantee that eventually I’ll find a use for something I haven’t used in ten years and threw away last week. Doh!

  2. I think you have to be ruthless. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past 12 months and only keep things you’re using or that you’re extremely emotionally attached to.

  3. We still have our boxes from 1998 as we bought the house (yay! they celebrated a new millennium with us). And we bought much things online so we saved the boxes in case of a return…. and they all are still here “just in case we need it”. The imagination to move with movers sounds tempting, but on the other hand, a move is a chance to sort out the things you don’t want/need no longer… and if you plan to find a new home, you could be my new neighbor, there is a cute ole pub for sale in my street :o)… just saying :o)

          1. around 80k euros, I think (but if you really plan to buy a house in france, there are much better places) since it is no longer attractive for expats, the prices are down.

              1. you can buy a hotel here too, but it’s more a howltel what needs a wrecking ball (witout Miley Cyrus lol) you can take a look for houses at, there are a lot nice cribs…even a castle… hope I will win in the lottery tonight, than I will share the 40 rooms with you :o)

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