Welp, the clock is winding down on our time here in Ukraine. There is something bittersweet about getting ready to leave a place we have called home for nearly two years. This place is the place where we got our two fur babies, I experienced living outside of the U.S. for the first time, and I have seen my hubby live his dreams of working in the foreign service. I made this apartment our home little by little. We have framed photographs of our travels in Ukraine and Latvia, and have gotten some Ukrainian souveniers as keepsakes of our time here.
Along the way, I have lost track of just how much stuff we bought since we came here. We have a limit of 7,200 pounds of stuff we can bring with us from country to country. We started with over 1,000 pounds to spare, thanks to my Marie Kondo efforts in Florida prior to packout in the spring of 2019. Then, as I had some fun money left from my paychecks, I began to buy more and more stuff for the house. We have more storage space here in Ukraine than we did in our Florida apartment, so I didn’t think about the weight of the items when buying them.
I have recently begun to panic that we bought too much stuff along the way, and that we are most likely over our 7,200 pound HHE limit. So, the purging has begun. “Neutral” (i.e., not sentimental) items, items we have duplicates of, or items brought with us from the U.S. that we haven’t used in the past two years have slowly been donated in the last two or three months. We will continue to donate for the next month and a half until we packout. Stuff that is crammed into drawers or cabinets is in the process of being whittled down so stuff fits comfortably. Stuff that has been damaged or “loved on” by our dogs – bye bye!!
I want to have ample weight available to buy keepsakes from our next post. Although it pains me to think of the money on the stuff we donated, we probably have enough items for two households and honestly don’t use the stuff we have donated thus far. The thing that keeps me going is if I keep on purging, we will not get a bill from the shipping company for being over the weight limit. Home leave and shipping two dogs to our next post are expensive enough!!