Packing for Permanent: Living With Empty

Hey world,

One of the terrible things about moving is that, well, your belongings actually have to find somewhere else to go. And in my case, because I'm moving to another continent, most of my stuff has to find its way into someone else's life.

This past weekend my mom was nice enough to drive down from Upstate NY and take a carload of belongings home with her -- mostly the kitschy knick-knacks that I can't bare to part with, and a majority of my clothes/shoes. 

Everything that is left in my apartment will either be sold, donated to Housingworks NYC (an organization that provides a wide range of services to homeless and low-income men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City), or coming home with me in July in one of two duffel bags. 

Suffice it to say, my apartment is prettttttty empty right now. I keep walking over to put on my make-up in the mirror that isn't there. I've sat on the couch to watch Jimmy Fallon and realized I no longer have a TV. I went to grill up a quesadilla today and noticed my grill pan was noticeably absent. 

My staged photo for my for sale posters!

The good news is that I only have a couple more weeks living with the bare minimum before I'm back upstate and having to face the next steps: going through everything I own, purging another large percentage of what I have, and packing my bags for my one-way ticket to TZ!

But until then, I'm spending my time foraging meals from what's left in my closets, assembling bags to bring to Housingworks on Friday, taking pictures so I can post "For Sale" posters for my furniture, finishing up some online certificate courses I'm taking with the United States Institute of Peace, and slowly saying goodbye to all of my friends here in NYC. 

I can't believe that I'll be leaving 5 weeks from today!!


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