The Humbling Experience of Moving

  1. Christina says:

    Wonderful, thoughtful post! Thank you!
    We are looking at a potential out-of-state move ourselves this year. Do you have any advice you would impart, now that you’re on the other side of the move? 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    I’ve been following minimalist blogs on FB lately and loving them. They are so inspiring to think critically about the things we own. I suggest prescribing to some of their suggestions.

  3. Shannon Grant says:

    We are moving from Manchester to London in two months. We have family there and business and now it is time to move closer because from here we can’t manage our work anymore. I hope that everything will go well. I hate moving, but there is no other way for us. Greets!

  4. Stuff makes life more difficult and a house move to feel like hell. When you are moving with your big family is even worse because the stuff just comes out of everywhere! We are planning a move in two months and I’ve started with decluttering already because I know that I need to get rid of many things. We have 3 kids and two dogs so it will be exhausting! Thank you for sharing your experience! I will definitely start from early so I don’t struggle too much with handling all the stuff. Good luck with settling!

  5. Tracy says:

    Thank you for sharing this and your honesty, it is true, I look around and see the clutter in my house and even though we are not moving, I think I need to do something about it, but it is almost too overwhelming to start. And then even if I pack some things up I have a hard time parting with a pieces of my girl’s childhood, so they are packed in the attack where no one gets use of them. I am working at coming to terms with parting with stuff. Everything you read says less is more, and you are happier when you purge and I think this is true, but then you get the opposite message when you go to the store! Good luck in your new home, and again, I love reading your posts.

    • Tracy, I think we all struggle with this in a very real way. I am so emotional about my stuff–and I don’t really understand why. Something I always keep in mind, however, is an image I have of my younger sister leaving for religious life with only a grocery bag of things she needed, everything else she was leaving behind. It was shocking, but I couldn’t help think how freeing and liberating that would be. Because in the end, stuff is just stuff.

  6. Hannah says:

    We moved last May, and I purged a lot before we moved, and then as we gradually unpacked over the next several months, but I’m just now finally getting around to deep purging. As in, “we haven’t used this in two years” kind of purging, digging through Rubbermaid buckets and donating, donating, donating. One of my brothers is coming to live with us, so I have a deadline, which is great for my procrastinating self. And it is So Freeing to get rid of all the things that I felt bound to keep because I’d made them or someone else had or they were given us, even though we don’t use or want them! What a burden stuff can be! And even though most of the extra stuff was stored out of sight, it still hampered my ability to keep house well. Even though I still struggle to stay on top of things (after all, I’ve a toddler), it’s made a huge difference in my desire and ability to keep a tidy home.

    • I love this, and you are so speaking my language. So interesting, the link to a tidy home. Now that might really encourage me to get to work and do a deep purge myself. You’re right, stuff is SUCH A BURDEN!

  7. Rachel says:

    Boy, can I relate to this! We just moved in August (we move A LOT), and I too am always struck by the shame I feel when faced with the ridiculousness of all the stuff I’ve managed to accumulate.

    Btw, welcome to Kansas City! We’ve been here about two and a half years (by way of Ohio), and we adore it here. I think you’ll find that KC has a wonderfully vibrant, welcoming faith community! Speaking of which, I’d like to invite you to a playgroup of Catholic moms that meets on Friday mornings in various places around KC. These wonderful, faith-filled women have been an immense blessing to me since we moved here. I’d love to share that gift with you. ? Feel free to email me, and I’ll make sure you are added to our email list!

    In Christ,


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