Don’t Pack It In (until the very last!)
For the past few weeks, I’ve had a great deal of moving experiences…the physically re-locating type. It’s been stressful, exciting, nerve-wracking and enlightening. First piece of advice: if a move is anywhere in your future, start cleaning and clearing out right now! A year ahead of time is not too soon. I’m finding it amazing all the “stuff” a house holds, and I’m finding much of it (maybe half?) is unnecessary. We’ve been sorting, pitching, and donating for a good month, and still, I think more divesting of possessions is in the near future at a new home.
The final clear-out day was Saturday morning and for the past two days, we’ve been subsisting on the bare minimum, which we are finding is testing our creativity. Two knives, two forks, two spoons, and a couple of bowls and drinking glasses. The basics are gone from the fridge, the dishes are packed away, and we’ve been wearing clothing out of a duffel bag. Two chairs and a destined-for-the-trash folding table is where we sit and count down the minutes until closing and then, we will be on our way on a new adventure and new chapter in our life.
Who would have thought that I’d find another instance that J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo bar would be indispensable? Sure, I knew it was terrific for the great outdoors during my trip in the Ozarks last fall, and it’s great for traveling and vacations–none of this over-loading of carry-ons, no problem with the TSA or devastating spills and messes (not to mention another plastic bottle to add to the scheme of things), but for camping out in your own home with most of your belongings in a moving van? To be sure, our in-home camping has virtually morphed into a regular “glamping” experience Okay, maybe a bit of an over-statement considering we feel like we are living in an empty shell of a home, but still, this more-than-adequate bar of shampoo has pretty much saved the day(s)!
To be sure, a shampoo, but we never missed the body soap, nor found a conditioner necessary. The absence of the shaving foam was moot, likewise any moisturizers for my skin. You see, (just incase I haven’t shared this before) J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is free of harsh, stripping detergents, so not only is your scalp able to maintain it’s natural healthy balance, the shampoo bar when used on your body also keeps it moisturized. It’s perfect for shaving–men or women–it doesn’t discriminate! And wouldn’t you know, the dish detergent packed away caused nary an issue–the bar works great for a quick and easy wash-up. Ditto in the case of an emergency like we had– oops, needed one more pair of fresh socks… we still have the solar-powered clothes line, and glory be, we hold in our hands a multi-tasking shampoo bar that doesn’t know any limitations! No wallflower this bar, it’s got moxie!
There’s so much to be said for living simply, and I’ve also realized, the same goes for staying in one place–nothing to be ashamed of, makes life easier, more stable, put down roots, raise a family, become part of a community, make a difference. But it’s also exciting and empowering to see that you can make a change in your life if you want… that you can dream a dream (whatever your dream may be) and see it come together. I like the idea of not staying stagnant, and being available and in a position to help someone.
Change can open your eyes to possibilities that you didn’t see before, to things that you thought you couldn’t do. Same goes for something as simple as a shampoo choice–make a change for the better, reach out and try J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar… it’s really pretty easy. It’s been my go-to product ever since the first day I tried it. It’s the last thing I pack, and the first thing I unpack. Once you’ve used it, you’ll be amazed at all the products you thought you couldn’t live without!
Quick Update: We’re in our new home… and wow, has J.R.’s shampoo bar ever come in super handy… the rest of our clothing is in a box (somewhere!), the sugar bowl has gone missing, we can’t locate the light switches and figure out the heat pump controls, the sprinkler system is a mystery, but thank goodness, we know where the shampoo bar is! What a lifesaver!
Joy Richter 2012 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT
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