"Happiness is not found in the things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release."
- Nathaniel Hawethorne

It's been over two years since I've moved. That might not sound like much, but two years is longer than I have ever lived in the same place for the last decade.

I love our little apartment, don't get me wrong - it's actually lovely, and I will be sad to leave it whenever we do. But sometimes I have the overwhelming urge to throw out everything we own.

Maybe it's the habit of packing every twelve months, trying to stay light, trying to be realisitic about what we "need." Maybe it's the fear of attachment to material things. But for whatever reason, occasionally I daydream about the day we move out, of all the things we'll shed, of how light we'll be again.


  1. I had a little chuckle to this.
    I feel exactly the same...I get itchy feet after about 6 months and feel the urge to throw out and start again.
    On the other hand - I envy others their settled spaces and nurtured gardens...

  2. Yes! I know exactly what you mean. And I often feel the same way. Truthfully there is so little that one actually needs.

  3. I've been feeling more and MORE like this lately! I actually have thrown out stuff over the past year (old clothes for one) - but after living in our house since 1978 - well, you can imagine....

    Linda in VA

  4. I have been moving a lot, too. And the last week I thought about giving away all. But I'll just get new thing, more and more. So, what for?