Feb. 1st, 2009

So...

Feb. 1st, 2009 05:56 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] buddleia  and I are moving next Saturday from a large four bedroom house to a small but nice two-person flat. Having lived here for the last four and a half years (and not paying rent, but that's a whole other story), and not having a house-where-my-parents-live-and-where-most-of-my-old-junk-is-stored-at-least-not-in-this-country-anyway-and-besides-my-room-in-Bahrain-no-longer-exists-and-god-only-knows-what's-happened-to-all-the-things-I-used-to-own-in-my-childhood-but-don't-get-me-started-on-THAT, I understandably have lots of stuff. The stuff I've collected in the four and a half years of living here, the stuff from my university (and after) years in Brighton - say seven or eight years - and the few straggly remnants of my two years in bore-ding school many lifetimes ago.

This stuff... it accretes, you know.

And now I have less than a week to sort through it all and put it into piles and boxes... the stuff I'm packing and taking with me, the stuff I'm packing and maybe taking along later if I have room for it, the stuff I'm definitely leaving behind in this house but might have to come back for and move into storage or something if my parents sell or rent the place out, the stuff I'm throwing away outright, and the stuff for the charity shop.

Less than a week. Aii-ee.

And I keep coming across more stuff. Like my ancient collection of music on audio cassettes, and ditto with old VHS tapes - what do I do with all that? My obsolete but still perfectly functional X-box first generation and attached games - you can't even trade those in anymore, trust me I've tried. My spare monitor, speakers and keyboard. My old computer games. Boxes of photos.

What do you do with the stuff you want to keep but maybe can't take with you where you're moving? And how do you know - after so many years and yous have passed - what to hold on to, and when to let go?

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