So I have been living out of a suitcase for three weeks. I brought too much. I could have got away with half of what I brought with me. But every lesson learned is a good lesson.
Time out, and certainly time travelling (as in time spent travelling not the Tardis variety) gives you plenty of time to knit and to think. Time spent living out of a suitcase gives you plenty of time to think about what you should have left behind.
When I was packing I kept to a simple colour palette. That was good. There was not one item in my case that could not have been worn with practically every other item. Lesson learned: cull all those items in my wardrobe that can’t go with at least 50% of the rest of my wardrobe (wedding dresses/ballgowns should you need them are exempt from this rule :) )
I love linen, bamboo and cashmere, I love loose deconstucted shapes (think Japanese). Lesson learned: cull the items that I don’t love to feel against my skin. I would rather have one fabulous cashmere jumper than three okay scratchy wool ones.
I wear shoes for comfort. Even my “smart evening” shoes have to pass this test. Yet despite a huge shoe cull I have shoes I never wear not because they hurt but because they aren’t comfy. Lesson learned: I do not need five pairs of black suede shoes and those pink peep toe wedge sandals are not comfy whereas the blue suede peeptoe sandals I could wear all day and not notice. Lesson learned: if you don’t wear them then don’t keep them.
None of this is rocket science. Most of this I knew already. But still there lurk things in our house that need to go. Our children our growing up and in a couple of years they will all have left home. Our house is too big for two. We need to move somewhere more practical and somewhere a little closer to civilisation. Something was holding me back. I didn’t want to move into Durham. Then we had the Eureka moment, there was no reason we had to move into Durham. We could move anywhere we wanted. With that thought in mind it has become easy (at least in my mind) to shed even more. I want to start the rest of my life in a free flowing space, without the millstone of stuff I don’t love, need or admire.
This is pretty much all I have worn for 3 1/2 weeks.