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The first step towards getting somewhere is deciding you’re not going to stay where you are


Minnesota Transplant is bustin’ a move.

With a few swings of a rubber mallet, the house went on the market today.

Oh, wait. There was quite a bit more involved than just erecting the “for sale” sign.

Like going through every room, closet and drawer to clear clutter and once again put the emphasis on the house again instead of our stuff.

Since we no longer need four bedrooms, we’re downsizing. A lot. And that meant not just packing things up (though I did a lot of that), it meant getting rid of stuff.

I said hello to Marie Kondo’s decluttering method of sparking joy and goodbye to seven carloads of stuff which I joyfully carted to Goodwill and uncounted bags of garbage. I no longer needed seven boxes of books, 18 belts, and more dog toys than the weight of my dog (and you should have seen the paper files I brought to the industrial shredder — oh my!). It feels good to be lighter.

But that sort of life-changing magic takes time. Lots of time. Which is why you haven’t heard much from Minnesota Transplant in that past six weeks.

But I have done a little writing, and if you’re interested in seeing how a real estate agent would describe the house I called a home for the past nine years, check out the website I created to inspire some interest: www.318whiteoak.com. (Oh, any hey, if you know anyone looking to put down roots in northern Illinois, please pass this link along!).

Eventually, the house will sell and Minnesota Transplant will transplant herself again. But my roots might not be so deep. Stay tuned.

Dividends of decluttering

The upside to clearing clutter is finding long-lost valuables. Sometimes one just finds valuable space, but today I found a valuable little treat.

For months, maybe a year, maybe more than a year, I haven’t been able to adjust the volume on my iPod Shuffle. For those of unfamiliar with this now ancient bit of technology, the iPod Shuffle is so small its volume control is part of the headphones. My headphones are well used (and probably got wet at some point). The volume is, well, good for my fragile hearing but not so good for rockin’ — my iTunes are audible but not over the rumble of a passing semi truck.

I spent the entire day today moving books, files and furniture out of my upstairs office. I’ve been working in that room for six years (that’s two home-based jobs, one book and whatever one calls what I’m doing now, either working or screwing around depending on one’s perspective). I threw out a lot of old catalogs and meeting notes (I found an illuminating list from six years ago — maybe I’ll share that tomorrow).

I haven’t sorted the drawers of my desk since I moved in. In the very back of one drawer, behind DVDs demonstrating home parties for now-defunct direct selling companies, two unimpressive digital cameras and three rolls of film, I found a set of Apple earbuds — with volume control! I don’t know why I had this backup — maybe two sets came with the Shuffle or maybe a set came with my iPhone — but I was elated! It was almost as good as getting paid to declutter!

Now I can listen to Helen Reddy, Queen and CeeLo Green at a volume they intended.