Since we are getting ready to begin a life of packing up and moving around every two or three years, we have been trying to figure out how to downsize our collection of stuff, without getting rid of things that make our house feel homey. Depending on where we’re posted (next week!), we may not be seeing some our belongings for months. So we’ve been trying to come up with a list of what we should pack in our air shipment to ease our transition when we land. Some items were obvious to us: pictures, an internet or phone connection to NC, our bathrobes and cookbooks. Others were a bit of a surprise to us as we settled in to our new apartment in DC.
We have a couple of items from our wedding that remind us that we’re in this together, whether we like it or not! First is our heart box, which was a gift from Cormac’s Uncle Gerard. We both wrote a note to remind us why we love one another, and then Gerard locked them away in the box. Whenever we get mad at each other (which is never, obviously), we are supposed to think about what we wrote in our notes and remember why we vowed to stick it out until the end of time.
The other thing we kept, is a few of the peacock feathers used in the centerpieces at our wedding reception. The feathers have had a special place in both of our homes. A few of our friends ended up taking some of our feathers to their houses too, so it also reminds us of some of the antics that went on as the wedding celebration got a little bit rowdy!
This one was really surprising and kind of silly. In both of the houses we’ve moved into together, we have had really crummy shower heads. I’m quite short and have pretty thick hair. The shower head in our apartment sprayed the water out in a big ring, with a hollow center. I was practically hula-hooping to get my hair wet and rinsed! Replacing that thing was the best $7 we’ve spent so far! We’ll be sure to pack that in our air baggage, if not in our carry-on.
Growing up, my mom went all out decorating the house for every holiday. Decorating our house makes it feel cozy, and helps mark the passage of time. That last part will be particularly important if we end up somewhere without seasons! Someone in Vietnam last summer told me that the only way they knew how long they had been in country was by how many babies had been born. Most of our decorations ended up in storage, but I did manage to bring along our spring and patriotic holiday decorations.
What do you need to feel at home? Any thing you think we’ve left off our packing list?