Purge, purge, and purge again…

Over the last few months we have gone through every drawer, every cupboard, every box and found stuff to give away. Some goes to friends, some to Goodwill and some is not worth saving and is recycled or thrown out. We’ve already made three trips to Goodwill (and more trips to the garbage room) and there’s no sign it’s going to slow down anytime soon. It is absolutely unbelievable how much junk we accumulate over the years.

This isn’t the first time we’ve purged either – it seems to be a common activity in our household as we try to simplify our lives. This time it’s different though, if we’re not bringing it to Costa Rica, it has to go somewhere, so everything needs to be dealt with.

Clothes, dishes, CDs, pictures, anything is fair game. We haven’t made any final decisions on some furniture yet, but most of that will probably end up going too. It’s too expensive to move all the big pieces of furniture and the import taxes would be so high it’s just not worth it.

Even our dog is joining in the fun. We’ve spent the last month kennel training her since she’s never been in a kennel her entire life. She’s been pretty good with the whole ordeal, there are even days when we find her sleeping in the back of her kennel, curled up in a little ball.

Karen from Boomerang Pet Carrier recommended that we take Maya to a car wash while in her kennel so that she could get used to the sounds (she says a car wash sounds sort of like the cargo hold of an airplane). Last night gave it a try and she faired reasonably well, with only a little bit of whining towards the end.

We’re still a little worried how she’ll fare on a flight to Costa Rica, with 9 hours flying, about the same shuffling to and from airplanes, and an overnight in at the Houston airport, it’s going to be stressful. However, the more used to her kennel she gets the easier it will be.

In the end, I think we’ll be more stressed than Maya and I’m totally OK with that.

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