Tonight we brought two beds, a dresser and a recliner out to the curb for garbage pick-up. Wednesday is bulk day for our garbage collection, which means we get to clean out a little more of our house each week. Anything that we are not bringing with us needs to be thrown away, sold or donated by the time we move out. We posted on Facebook to sell items that are in good condition. I have already filled around 5 bags full of giveaway items and we are not done. Not to mention the countless garbage bags we fill each week. Slowly our house is emptying.
Simultaneously, we are shopping for clothes, shoes, toiletries and furniture. There are so many things that we want to bring with us. We have been advised to stock up on clothing for the next few years, shoes and toiletries that are difficult to get in Israel. Additionally, we are planning to buy new couches and beds to bring with us.
Preparing for our lift is a balance of getting rid of what we do not want and buying everything we do. It is odd to be cleaning out closets while getting packages full of new items. It is all about bringing the right and useful items and leaving the extra stuff behind.
There are so many logistical issues to work out. For example, we need our carseats and booster seats for the kids until we move, but we also need to send them on the lift so we can have them when we live in Israel. Same goes for our pack and play. We need couches to sit on while we still live in America, but we also want to sell them as we are not planning to ship them. There is so much strategy involved in this move. With all the decisions and tedious work of cleaning out the house, we are keeping ourselves very busy.
Last week, on the way home from school the kids asked to BBQ since it finally felt like Spring outside. I said that it sounded like a good idea. When we got home, we discovered my husband had just sold our grill. We were on to plan b for dinner. No one complained, it was just part of the adventures of our aliyah journey.