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August 12, 2012

After a great deal of angst and drama, it’s official: we’re moving to Brooklyn at the end of the month. We got the apartment we wanted, the one we thought we lost. It’s small — 750 square feet, less than a third of the size of our current digs. But it feels big with lots of windows, a skylight, and access to the roof. We’ve embraced the divestment of stuff process that has to happen — we’re all ready for less stuff. But the books will be problematic. We’ve already pulled a couple of hundred for donation, but there are still thousands. And then there’s the matter of all of our instruments: An electric guitar and amp, an acoustic guitar (we’ll get rid of the second acoustic), a mandolin, a violin, a trombone, and a full-sized keyboard. At least we don’t have a drum set. We’ll hang some of them on the wall an stash some under the bed. But they’re all coming somehow.

There are still things to be nervous about, but mostly I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. There’s a lot of work to be done, but our adventure is just beginning.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2012 11:20 am

    It sounds like time to invest in a kindle… only keep what you must. CD’s cousin lives on a houseboat. They had only library cards. Our visit to them was good for me.

  2. August 13, 2012 1:06 pm

    Hooray hooray hooray!
    I am feeling the pull of the divestment of objects myself. It’s definitely time for us, now that the kids are pretty much launched. And I love that hotel-feeling (and I’m thinking the feeling you must have in the apartment in NY) — of having just a suitcase full of stuff, all useful, and not all that other stuff one has that is rarely used.
    750 square feet will be a challenge, though, although I think a fun one —

  3. eleanorio permalink
    August 13, 2012 1:13 pm


  4. August 13, 2012 1:38 pm

    MKM, I already have a Kindle and I will be putting some of our books on it, but a lot of our books — especially the pricier academic ones — are not available that way. And we have some first editions, things that are out of print and other favored book objects that we are not willing to part with. But yes, our goal is to have only things we really love and use. It is one of the things I liked about living out of a suitcase. Everything goes together and is maximally useful. I’m already feeling liberated by the stuff we’ve gotten rid of so far. It helps that our great room is just about exactly the same dimensions as the main room of the apartment. Our plan is to use it as a test for our furniture.

  5. August 13, 2012 5:13 pm


  6. August 13, 2012 5:42 pm

    I’m glad you don’t have a baby grand piano 😀

  7. August 13, 2012 7:26 pm

    Huzzah! I wish we could get our house down to 750 square feet. Then maybe have a double-wide out back to serve as a workspace/library.

  8. August 14, 2012 12:40 pm

    I’m thinking the double-wide might be useful —


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