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Sunday, March 19, 2023

The Challenges of Letting Go some Stuff: My Decluttering Adventure in New Brunswick

We are getting closer to the month of May, which is the month I depart for Montreal, and I am doing everything I possibly can to declutter all the little possessions I still have here in New Brunswick. Today, I decluttered my bedroom. I still have to go through some of my stuff, but I am pretty well advanced. I went through the exact same process a few years ago, so this time it's not as bad as it used to be. However, I still found some old floppy disks that were carefully hidden in my wardrobe. I went through them and saved the content on my laptop. All this decluttering is quite an annoying task, and I really dislike it, but it needs to be done. While going through the process, I found something really special... If you don't want to miss anything, follow me on Twitter at @SunnyJNB.

I had a big box with my name on it in my wardrobe, but I had no idea what was inside until I opened it. It's a messy mix of photographs - some with people I don't even recognize lol - hockey cards that belong to my brother (did I steal them from him? I don't remember...), pictures in frames, etc. So, I have to go through the box carefully. Today, I spent basically the whole day in my bedroom, and I'm not even finished yet. I prefer to do this when I have enough time to do it peacefully without rushing, which is now.

Imagine a situation where my parents finally find an apartment they like and decide to sell the house. I'll have to help pack not only their things but also mine. Like, come on, it doesn't make any sense. My brother is pretty neat in the sense that none of his stuff is here anymore, but a lot of mine still is. I doubt my parents will have the opportunity to sell the house anytime soon because there aren't enough apartments around here. However, there will come a time when my parents won't be here anymore and my stuff will need to find a new home.

After finishing my bedroom, my next step will be the basement, where I have about 5 to 6 plastic bins (from what I remember) full of stuff - mostly books and papers. I also have one suitcase full of what I used to tell my parents were "important papers"... I want to go through that suitcase. Once I'm done with everything, I'll try to figure out the moving process. It's not an emergency situation, but I need to figure out how to take the remaining items I want to keep and bring them to Montreal. I have a few options for how to proceed.

I can do this gradually when I visit New Brunswick since I am allowed two suitcases on the bus. Luckily, the bus ride from Riviere-du-Loup to Montreal is direct. I'm used to traveling with a lot of luggage. It's not the first time I'm moving stuff around using the bus. Before, it was even easier because I could ship some stuff from New Brunswick to Montreal and vice versa on the bus. However, I don't think that service is available anymore, since there's no bus between Riviere-du-Loup and New Brunswick. There are always ways to make things work out. One option would be to ship my stuff from Riviere-du-Loup to Montreal, since my old folks always give me a ride to Riviere-du-Loup anyway.

The situation is not desperate. I think it's always better to have all of your belongings in one place, in one home. This being said, I plan to leave some winter stuff in New Brunswick, but that's only because I know I will be coming back for sure for the hunting season. And that is leaving me with more space in my luggage to move some stuff over to Montreal.

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