Gratitude Monday

I knew going into the last couple weeks that they were going to be tremendously busy, and they didn’t disappoint. That’s why posting has been more sporadic lately. I hope to rectify that a little bit as things transition to winter.

It’s been a year with a number of changes, the most significant of which involved a move. We downsized our house about 50% and moved out of town about twelve miles or so. While we were waiting on the old place to (hopefully) sell, we continued to use the old garage as a cheap storage unit. Lo and behold, everything fell into place and we closed on the sale of the old place last week, which involved a last minute, unplanned emptying of the old garage.

On a sunny afternoon last Sunday I made that happen. I’m grateful that all that is behind us, and that the old place is in the hands of someone who will presumably be as happy to have it as we are to be rid of it, despite the wealth of positive memories the place holds for me. Next up: eliminating the need to even have a storage unit. Simplify, simplify. . . .

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Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He lives and travels from Missoula, MT.

12 thoughts on “Gratitude Monday”

  1. It is amazing how fast “stuff” can accumulate when you live in one place for too long. I’ve been in the same apartment for 11 years now, and as I grew older and flatmates departed, we “bought out” their rent and took over their space. We now control a very large apartment filled with a lot of stuff we need to get rid of, because if/when we move, we’d need a place half again bigger than necessary just to accommodate all our “stuff”. Having your life controlled by your things is never the way to go.

    1. Yeah, that’s the American Curse in many ways. We’ve gotten rid of a ton of stuff, and I was actually pleased to see how little we had remaining, about half of which is already slated to be gone in the next month or so. I can honestly say that in the last six months I’ve literally had my hands on everything we own at least once (not counting the mystery of what lurks in my wife’s closet). The only stuff I ever miss are books I’ve culled.

    1. If not for my books, I’m pretty pleased with how much stuff I DON’T have. I’ve almost gotten it down to a livable amount, but it’s difficult with various configurations of bass and guitar amplification gear taking up space.

  2. Ohhh….storage units. Never have had one, never have had the need. We don’t live in a large house, and it’s not as if we don’t accumulate too much crap; just never that much, knock on wood.
    Good luck with the new place. As you may have guessed, we are planning on moving, in a few years, nearish to you (more north).

    1. This was more of a temporary stopgap measure, for now, as we downsized to half the square footage house-wise, with no garage. I’m pleased to note how much stuff we HAVE gotten rid of, so that the final purge won’t really be all that much.

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