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"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." -Bilbo Baggins

The Great Purge

The Great Purge

Moving to the other side of the world and packing up your life into 2 checked bags under 50 pounds, a carry-on less than 24 inches, and a personal item even smaller than that... this is what can drive a girl to tears.

I am a person who likes to be prepared and in-the-know. I started a couple weeks ago with packing one suitcase full of my warm summer clothes and my super cold winter clothes. This was the biggest mistake. When I pulled out my suitcases yesterday to finish packing, I ended up turning both suitcases upside down, and throwing the clothes all over the room. Shaking and crying, I knew I had to get out of there.

No matter how prepared you try to be, there are some things that just have to happen at the last minute. 

I ran to the store (spent way more money than expected) and bought everything I could possibly need. Toothpaste, conditioner, makeup, razors, deodorant, every kind of cold/flu/sinus/allergy/diarrhea medicine available to me. Those are the things that I packed first.

I tried to only pick the clothes I've worn in the last 3 months... I wore a lot of clothes in 3 months. That tactic was not working out. Then I pulled out all of my clothes and placed them in piles. I tried to choose only 10 items from each pile and then go from there. Once again, not so easy.

Once I think I finally have it, I weigh the bags. 57 and 53 pounds. I needed help to figure out what things still needed to be taken out. Another thing I learned in this packing adventure: Space-saver bags save space, not weight. After a lot of tough (and sad decisions), taking out some of my favorite clothes, I finally got both suitcases under 50 pounds!

Sometimes we need to let go of the old in order to make room for the new.

The Personal Bag

The Personal Bag

April Showers May Flowers

April Showers May Flowers