Packing It In
In less than two weeks, I am packing a U-Haul and driving from Boston, my home for the last four years, to Brooklyn, where a fantastic 1-bedroom apartment, an exciting new job, and an amazing boyfriend are waiting for me. Even with all of those wonderful things, I am apprehensive. Though I lived in Florence, Italy for almost a year in college, that was a temporary arrangement. I’ve never lived more than two hours away from my family, all of whom live in Rhode Island. I’ve never lived in a city so frenetic and dynamic and HUGE as New York. I’ve never even rented a U-Haul before!
I’ve yet to make much progress in packing, but I DID donate 4 large bags full of clothing to Goodwill and have already thrown out 2 bags full of miscellaneous papers, junk, and knick-knacks. I’m putting my couch up on Craigslist, along with a good deal of my other furniture. I’m planning on getting rid of at least a quarter of my books. Making a new start is invigorating not only for moving forward, but for shedding all of the things that have been weighing you down without you even realizing it.
The NYT had an article today about this very topic–do our belongings really make us happy? I’m starting to realize, more and more, that owning several essential, functional, and quality items is far better than having a closet full of worn-out junk and a shelf full of paperbacks I’ll never read again.
I’ve been living on a tight budget for a long time, so my shopping has been pretty restricted for the past year, but I’m thinking of challenging myself and only buying second-hand and vintage clothing and books (minus underwear and a few other essentials) for the next year, and limiting those purchases only to things I truly want. What do you think? If it’s possible to pull this off anywhere, it’s possible in New York. I will keep you posted once I’m settled.