I wrote this in 2010 prior to making aliyah. For those who are in the process, you may find this helpful. For those of you who have already done so, I think you can relate. It has been almost six years. My only semi-regret was bringing the American beds as we have ended up replacing them with the more narrow and space-saving Israeli counterparts. Here’s a walk down Memory Lane:
The ultimate in flinging is to make Aliyah. We are G-d willing making Aliyah with NBN August 18. We have had four Sunday yard sales in a row. While there were not throngs of people, we did manage to part with a few things and make a little money.
We are still decluttering. Had we not been moving, some things we probably would keep, but since we can’t take everything, you really need to think, “Do I love it, do I need it?”
As much as we want to sell our things and make some money to be able to take with us to buy what we have to replace in Israel, we are almost at the point of having to just give stuff away. For example, my DH FINALLY went through his clothes (we are talking since 1998 I have been nudging him). He had grandiose ideas on all the money he would make off of these items. Of three moving boxes of clothes, plus a dozen or so suits/sport jackets, all that sold was one shirt and three ties.
As we were cleaning up from the sale he said, “Just put them in the car and bring them to the Hadassah thift store tomorrow”. I was both a little sad at the lack of interest by others in those beautiful clothes (Italian and upscale brands; my father-law owned an upscale men’s store and often gave him things), I felt much lighter after having getting everything out of the house. I do say I was proud of DH, though, for his realization of needing to let go of his stuff.
….to be continued with The Ultimate in Decluttering Part II