Our many years of life in Taiwan came with periodic opportunities to downsize. About every 4 years we would leave for periods of 6 months to a year. If these involved “packing out” (as three of them did), we would also “weed out”. The biggest “downsize” occurred at the end of July of 2018, when we left Taiwan, taking with us no furniture and precious little in the category of housewares. Everything was pretty well beaten to death or used up by then, anyway. So, no big loss.
Setting up for life in America included acquisition of furnishings and things to use. We also inherited a great amount of furniture from Char’s parents’ downsizing in 2017. It was waiting for us in storage during the year between their move and ours. Char’s Dad died just before we left Taiwan. Her mother lived 14 more months with the things that they had taken with them from house to apartment. A lot of that stuff joined our assembled household last summer. In recent days we’ve been decluttering. Today it was in the kitchen.
We discovered that some of the stuff we got from Char’s mom was better than what we had purchased at thrift stores, so things are “going back into the supply”. Other things just got moved from drawer to drawer, and a lot of dusting happened.
We’re grateful to have a large basement, into which things “we’re not yet sure about” can go “for the time being”. As I listen to friends my age and older, I hear a lot about “leaving it for your kids to sort out”. Since they have no emotional attachment to anything in this house, I doubt that much will interest them when that time comes around.
Some of the stuff that seemed like a great idea in 2018 looks less so as we move into 2020. For now, I’m taking a “we’ll see” attitude. Maybe next cleanout season will see a further reduction.
David Alexander now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.