“Pa spoke. “Could you be ready to move to the claim this week, Caroline?” “This week? said Ma in surprise. “The school district’s going to put up a schoolhouse on Perry’s claim just south of our south line,” Pa said. “All the neighbors will help build it, but they will want to hire me to boss the job. We ought to be moved out before I begin, and if we go this week, there’ll be plenty of time to finish the schoolhouse before the first of April.” “We can go any day you say, Charles,” Ma answered. “Day after tomorrow then,” said Pa.” ~ These Happy Golden Years p. 147
I was thinking about this paragraph today and it hit home for me. We plan on moving here in a few months. Moving always brings a hustle of activity. Things to pack, things to clean, things to get ready. And then the actual moving. Hauling all your stuff over to the new place and getting settled in. But this paragraph made me think of something else.
If we had to move out tomorrow, could we do it?
I’m guessing that most of you would echo my answer when I say no. We simply have too much stuff to be all moved in one day!
Which brings up a good and valid point. If the Ingalls had everything they needed and could move in one day, how come I can’t? Easy…because I have everything I need plus a little. (Or maybe alot… 😉 )
All that makes me think of something else. If I have to move out tomorrow and only had the one day to get together, what would I take? What in my house is really important for us to live and what do I not really need?
A few months ago we were faced with one of the most terrifying situations I’ve ever come across. A violent prairie fire was sweeping closer to our house while the wind was blowing 50 mph. We sat and watched the smoke get thicker and the flames get closer when hubby finally said it’s time to get ready. We had about 1 hour to pack up what was important, what we needed. Now here’s the surprising part….I had everything packed up in that 1 hour. In the 3 hours we sat and waited with our things loaded in the car, it only took 1 hour to have everything packed up. The other 2 hours I sat looking around the house, wondering what else I should pack but realizing that we didn’t actually need any of it.
So my challenge to you today is to take a look around your house. Think about the things you really need and what’s just taking up space. As an added bonus, if you sell/get rid of those items you don’t really need you will then have either extra money or extra space for something else you might actually need!
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