We are inspired by the emptiness of the basement. To find more items we have delved into boxes and bins which we have avoided for years. There is so much we have kept because we thought we would need or use. Even items which we earmarked way back when to give to someone and we just forgot. This is why each day’s items must be separated, boxed up, and given away that evening. At the least we put it in the car. Our symbolic gesture that this stuff is no longer of our house and can only go one direction. Away.
Even the Hemingway novels are gone. That climbing guide of Thailand? Gone. Rather than hold onto something for when we may need it, we are understanding that when the time comes we will bring the items into our life. Otherwise this stuff is just filling our space.