Procrastinating

Blimey, who’d have thought it was so complicated trying to decide what to do with various items of furniture and personal possessions?  First of all we decided (perhaps being a little cowardly) that we’d just ship most of it out to Hanoi and decide what to bring back when the time comes.  Then, after seeking advice from friends and people in the know, we decided to store stuff that we thought we’d definitely want back here at the end of our Vietnamese adventure.  And now …?

Well, the cost of storing it seems ridiculous and most of it is far too good to just give away but the second hand value of household things and furniture is almost zero and I can’t really be bothered trying to sell items bit by bit – surely life’s too short to go down that road?    I’m exhausted just thinking about it – mind you I am full of a cold and dosed up with Beechams Cold and Flu Remedy so that probably isn’t helping on the ‘clarity of thought’ front!

Think we’re going to end up shipping it out there and then deciding what to do when the time comes to return home – i.e. procrastinating 🙂

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About Karen Ormiston

After a whirlwind of new experiences, challenges and adventures 2.5 years after moving to Hanoi, Vietnam, we found ourselves footloose and fancy free with relatively few ties to any particular place. Hubby is only semi working and mine is portable so location is not an issue. Our kids have scattered far and wide and parents who are still alive enjoy support when available but not ready for anything intensive. So we are in a strange and unusual place - young, fit and healthy with no strong links to any particular community. The time was right to spend 6 months in Miskin, near Cardiff, exploring my heritage and tracing family before moving to the stunning town of Vejer de la Frontera at the beginning of 2015 to embark on the next stage of life's great adventure.

Posted on 11/17/2011, in Adventure, Clutter, Living Abroad, Motivation, Moving Abroad, Relocation and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. After a few months here, my conclusion is that we should have brought more of our furniture, CDs and pictures with us. It’s all in storage for the next few years…. But either way, it is easy to buy furniture and pictures here.

    Good luck with it all!

    • Thanks Tim, interestingly (after we saw the cost of storage!) we’ve veered back towards bringing a lot more with us. It’s hard to know what you will and won’t want in the future eh! We were trying to work out what we’d want here when we come back but we’re only ever planning a temporary trip back before moving to Spain so it’s pointless paying 3+ years of storage for a few months.
      Thanks for the advice though – we’ll trust our instincts and bring the bits we want and not worry too much if it doesn’t come back with us! We’ve been told furniture rots out there with the humidity but none of it is antique or valuable stuff anyway, it’s for using 🙂

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