As I mentioned in my post about adjusting to life back in London, my parents are moving from Bedfordshire to Bath. As their unemployed daughter I got to help with last minute packing and driving car number three up to Bath.
We arrived in Bath on Monday evening and had a lovely meal at Clayton’s Kitchen @ The Porter, where Dad was determined to tell as many people as possible that he was homeless and making the most of it!
On that vein Mum and Dad were staying at the Royal Crescent Hotel on Bath’s UNESCO Royal Crescent – only the poshest hotel in Bath lol! As I had never been there, Liz and I joined them for a nightcap in the hotel bar.
The next morning it was a waiting game to get the confirmation of the purchase and get into the house – so I went for a run on the canal at the back of Liz’s house.
They got into the house Tuesday afternoon and the moving men commenced unpacking 4 lorries worth of stuff. I started cleaning the kitchen so we could unpack into it.
Day three of the move resulted in boxes being stacked in any place possible – by the end of the day they were practically walled in!
Now I know they were downsizing, so not everything will fit in, but all this stuff got me to thinking about material things. I definitely felt that I had a lot of ‘stuff’ when I unpacked my storage unit and moved back into my flat – a feeling emphasised after living out of a backpack for a year.
I really want to ‘downsize’ my belongings. It’s tough – but worth doing! I’ve definitely had a change of attitude when it comes to material belongings. When you can only carry a certain amount, and things go missing out of your washing, or items get forgotten at the hostel or left on a bus, you learn to have less of an attachment to ‘things’.
For me to downsize the first step is ebay for items that could be sold, next up a clothes swap with friends for all the clothes and accessories; and finally charity shop! Also finding a place for my souvenirs and getting pictures framed and on the walls will help – I still have things hiding in boxes that need a place finding for them – but that project has to wait until after I’ve found a job!