I have a theory about boxes that has begun to grow in scope as I clean out and pack up all my worldly possessions ... and it surprises me just a bit.
In the last year I have been brutal about downsizing stuff. This house in its hayday probably held the contents of 3 families. Over the last year I have carried out or hired someone to haul away about half of that stuff. Yes, much was inherited, much was collected by us, and then there was the I "may need it someday" stuff. You get the idea! I have been relentless for about a year.
And still ... the packing of what remained birthed the "box theory."
The box theory began as a small seed in my brain. A move date was on calendar. The future square footage was known. Packing began and a stack of boxes began to grow. Somewhere about box #10 (packing boxes gets old very fast - I can assure you!), I started to look at boxes as a gate keeper to the new condo.
The small stack of boxes began to weigh on me. Previously loved and valued items started to become less valued. My brain started to prioritize what I really wanted - not just what I thought I wanted. Things that I previously kept were not loved quite enough to make it into a box.
And that in a nutshell is the box theory - if you have to box it up and move it - the boxes become a sort of gate keeper.
I am up to 48 boxes packed. We are estimated by the mover to have 100 boxes! Although I look around and see a lot of empty spaces, I still see a lot of stuff. What I have packed and what I have left to pack continues to weigh on me - so the box theory will be the final filter of decluttering.
What continues to be remarkable - is that I don't miss anything I have gotten rid of. Nothing. In fact, now that a lot of our stuff is in boxes, I don't seem to miss that stuff either! Who knows, maybe the boxes aren't the final gatekeeper. Maybe the condo will be the last gatekeeper. As I unpack I may decide - hey, why did I move this thing!
We have about 3 weeks before we move. The finish line is in sight!