“Phases and stages,
circles and cycles,
and scenes that we’ve all seen before.
Let me tell you some more.”
Have you ever felt like the dog that chased the car and caught it?
We lived in St. Augustine, Florida a few years ago, and were fortunate to own a condo a couple of blocks from the beach; it was wonderful. But unfortunately, those were very active hurricane years. We evacuated a couple of times, and hunkered down and weathered two category 1 hurricanes. No complaints though – we loved our life there, and that’s just part of the Florida beach package.
But every year when the official start of hurricane season rolled around (June first), we’d have the conversation about how we were going to handle a “slate wiper.” For us, that meant a hurricane with severe wind damage and a storm surge that would flood our first-floor condo, which sat exactly 9 feet above sea level. Our inner pragmatists looked on this scenario with doom and dread; our house in shambles and all our belongings ruined. But our change-loving alter egos wondered what it would be like to start over with a clean slate.
Be careful what you wish for; a few weeks ago we had a slate-wiper minus the hurricane. This transpired when we sold our condo on St. Simons Island, and the buyers wanted it all – from pots and pans to plants and plasma. In fact, the exact words in the contract were:
“Property shall be sold furnished in the exact condition as it was when Buyer viewed the property.”
So other than our clothing, some personal items, and a few special pieces of art, on the day of closing we walked out with suitcases.
How cool is that?
In addition to making the move easy-peasy, the furnished sale presented a rare opportunity to get all new stuff (Look out Ikea, here we come!). But new things aren’t the only reason we’re excited. For us, it’s an opportunity to leave behind the “that was us then” and build the “this is us now.”
As you may have gathered from previous posts, we’re both big believers in simplicity and minimalism. And our clean slate gives us the chance to evaluate precisely how our needs, tastes, and priorities have changed. Each new purchase is carefully considered as to how it fits in our new life.
Leaving most of our possessions behind also inspired us to examine the things we kept. For the first time we realized that our art and travel mementos are a curated collection accumulated over years of traveling and moving around, and they’re a collage of our lives.
We were surprised and pleased that someone liked our condo enough to want the whole enchilada, and we’ll take a car-move instead of a U-Haul anyday. This is how we moved in our university days, so we’ve come full circle – and it feels fantastic. Now if we can just locate a screwdriver, we’ll put that dresser together.
If you have a tale about a furnished sale or a clean slate story, we’d love to hear it – hopefully it wasn’t a hurricane.
James & Terri