Today I will …

donate a box full of items we don’t need (anymore).

Since we emigrated, I came to love living with as few things as possible. In the months leading up to our departure, I had to sort through all our belongings and decide what to do with them. It cost me days to get that job done, so I decided: never to accumulate so much stuff again! After all that sorting, selling and deciding, we left The Netherlands with four suitcases. I also dumped three boxes of important things (photo albums i.a.) and my wedding dress at my parents’ place, but besides that … I had nothing. And it felt good!

‘… my experiences show that after a certain point, material objects have a tendency to crowd out the emotional needs they are meant to support.’ (Graham Hill)

As soon as we had a basement apartment here in Canada, we had to buy a lot of new stuff (cutlery, a bed etc.). In the first few weeks we had several shopping sprees but only stuck to the much needed stuff and ignored the rest. After more than 1,5 years this is still an attitude we can maintain, however sometimes things will get superfluous and have the tendency to wander around the entire apartment. A couple of months ago I made a donation box for that purpose: everything we don’t need, that doesn’t have to be thrown away, goes into that box. That includes clothes.

The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882.

The donation box is beyond stuffed and it’s time to actually donate all that stuff. The Salvation Army has a couple of thrift stores in Kelowna and I bet they can use some nice things to sell. One disadvantage: the husband LOVES thrift stores, so there’s a big chance we’ll end up with at least one ‘new’ item. Well, maybe in a couple of years another emigration with four suitcases of stuff would work …

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