When we decided we were moving to Nova Scotia the first thing I thought was “how do we get all of our stuff from here to there?!?!”. It’s not like we can just throw stuff in the back of a pickup truck and make a few trips. For us, it will be a 17 hour drive so that means a big ass moving truck. Which also means quantity and weight restrictions. Bummer. We have to be able to fit all of our belongings into a single 53 foot transport truck and it has to be under 9000lbs. Otherwise, it costs A LOT more. I’m also moving to a much smaller home so I have to really think about what I’m taking.

At first I thought this kind of sucked. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that its not really the end of the world. There’s actually a lot of stuff we hold onto for whatever reason that we really don’t need. So I set out to purge my house.

So far, I’ve made four runs in my pickup truck to the thrift store with items to be donated. Seriously! How did I end up with so much stuff that I didn’t really need or want? I’ve also made two trips to the dump with garbage. I don’t really enjoy packing but I’m starting to see that this process is a blessing in disguise! I now understand those blogs that say you should purge your home at least once a year. It totally makes sense. I will also think twice the next time I go to buy something and ask myself if I really need it or do I just think I need it.

Purging can also apply to graphic design as well. I’ve always tried to design using the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method but it’s sometimes hard to convince my clients of this. There are some that like to put so much into their marketing/advertising/collateral piece that it totally looses it’s objective. Less is always more. In life and in design.