Given what we’re doing at the moment this gas been an interesting an insightful read.
The Accidental Missionary
My wife and I are always looking for ways to simplify our lives. Recently, she heard about a project called “40 Bags in 40 Days.” In this challenge, you commit to de-cluttering a single area of your house every day for six weeks. All excess items are placed in bags for donation or dumping. It’s like a Lenten purge.
“Doesn’t it sounds like fun?!” she exclaimed.
“You and I have very different definitions of the word ‘fun,’” I answered.
The first few days, she attacked trouble spots like a human sieve, sifting through years of family knick-knacks. I helped by sitting on the couch and watching reruns of Deadliest Catch.
Gabby unearthed a treasure trove of random items. A VCR recording of an episode of Seinfeld. A twelve- year-old package of funnel cake mix, stashed in a box with a funnel cake maker we have never used. …
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Moving house can be stressful at any time. When that house is as yet unknown and over 4000 miles away in a different and developing country. When your probably going to take at most no more that 2-3 large cases each plus whatever you decide to ship. When you need to clear as much of existing possessions as you can before sale the stresses multiply.
The day by day routine of clearing and sorting is getting a bit onerous now and we are feeling the strain. It is the busiest time of year for work for me in the run up to the exams – so extra stresses and strains there. So Anita has done much more than I and her parents have been extremely helpful thus far.
We will eventually get through this and the act of clearing will be beneficial (we were great hoarders) but not yet.
The weekend sees an open house / sale for local friends and family on Saturday and a Car Boot Sale on Sunday. Hopefully this will make big inroads into our mountain of goods. As Anita recounted in an earlier blog “How do you eat an Elephant? – A bit at a time”. It just seems the elephant is more like a blue whale!!
Posted in Getting Prepared, MK
Tagged Clearance, clearing, house, leaving, MK, move, moving, Mwanza, Tanzania, UK
Interesting blog – a ‘take’ on African life in general – although being at an International School might mean more structure.