There are several factors that contributed to this decision. The primary one being that it makes no sense for me to pay three months rent for a room I am not actually living in. I did try to find someone to take the space for that time but that led me to my second reason for my not wanting to keep the space. In ten months I will be graduating from school. I have no idea what will be happening in my life after that point. Even if I had found a person to take the space, signing a lease for another year, which would go well beyond my graduation date, just didn't seem practical. And so here I am now, contemplating not only what will happen upon my return (I do have a place to stay in the immediate), but also what needs to be done to prepare for this rather big life change.
When I first started giving the idea some thought I admit to having
I know that the term simplify is somewhat of an overly trendy cliche these days, but as I said it is something that has appealed to me for some time now. I look around my living space and there are moments I feel overwhelmed with 'stuff.' I have so many things that are saved for rainy days, heaps of "I might use this someday," and piles of "I'll get to this one day." The rainy-some-one-day has yet to arrive; its time to let those heaps and piles go. I also have a deep desire to live in a fashion that is as low impact as possible, which, while I've not quite figured out exactly what that will entail either, in the long term likely means living in smaller spaces that simply to do not have the room for rainy-some-one-day stuff.
Over the next month I'll be selling, giving away, tossing and otherwise paring down my belongings. I'm giving myself a month because I want to have my last few weeks before the trip free to visit friends and to take care of any last minute preparations that might be needed. I'm also a terrible procrastinator and having a deadline can be motivating. Having talked with friends and having read the blogs of those who have gone through a similar process I know it won't be easy but it is my hope that when it is done I will feel lighter not only in physical "stuff" but in my heart as well.
The process begins now...