Now that I have all the time in the world to get things done, the ultimate question is: where do I begin? Migrating to the US with my husband meant bringing my entire life with me there. Sometimes I find myself propped
My father-in-law was in town several months ago, and before he flew back to the US, I had him bring an advance party of one per cent of my things with him. By one
Shoes and clothes take the biggest portion of my belongings. I probably own more than a dozen pairs of footwear—ballet flats, wedges, heels, sandals,
The thing is, a lot of people I know who moved across the globe discouraged me from taking everything with me because there is little-to-no chance I would wear them all when I get to the US. My cousin told me to just bring my favorite pieces—those I’d still wear regardless of the season. And speaking of changing seasons, I kind of see the point. So how do I rectify this dilemma?
1. Garage Sale
Seven out of ten people recommended I throw a mini garage sale to get rid of some stuff; however, my father has always discouraged doing so because he believes that it’s hypocritical to sell things you have zero investment on (i.e., things received as gifts). While this is more
Todistant relatives and friends
I only have two younger girl cousins left here in the Philippines, but their family travels to the US twice a year, so I don’t think there’s enough room for my second-hand clothes in their closet. Plus, I doubt my sense of style is the same as theirs.
Two weeks ago, Mom told me that upon learning my impending migration, a family friend asked if I could possibly give away some of my old stuff to her teenage daughters. I also plan on sending some to Roan’s
Before I left my job, I gave away most of my paperbacks to my former colleague. I couldn’t bring them all with me when I move to the US, so I had to find someone who’s as devoted to books as I am. When I asked
To calamity victims
When a back-to-back earthquake and typhoon calamity hit the country in October/November of last year, I immediately packed most of my seldom-to-never used clothes to donate them to the survivors. It was unbearable thinking how they lost not only all of their material possessions, but
Letting go of things is not an easy task, and it would probably take me weeks or even months before I figure out how much I’m taking with me when I leave. I