Marktplaats – the Dutch version of eBay – is my biggest friend at this moment. Not to buy anything, but to sell. Almost everything I’ve got. Detachment is one of the biggest virtues off a yogi. I’m practicing it at this moment and it’s going surprisingly well.
At the end of March I was helping Stacey to move to her new apartment. No too hard of a job. Going from one small attic apartment to another she didn’t had a lot of stuff to move. Just some clothes, kitchen stuff, furniture, washing machine, dryer, fridge and strangely enough a lot of boxes full of notebooks of all the studies she had ever done. To get the job done she rented a van, a Mercedes Sprinter. The big one with 17 m³ load bearing capacity or 2.755 kilograms. With four people – filling up the van one and a half times – it took us one morning to get everything from apartment to apartment. The washing machine off course being the biggest pleasure: first going two floors down, than two floors up again.
This might as well been the easiest removal I’ve been doing so far. Which is quite an achievement, simple because I’ve moved over fifteen times myself. And still I was in shock. I think it’s the traveler in me that always wants to be without a burden. Owing so much stuff you need two cars to move it, means bye bye freedom. I know you can’t do without most of it. Well, not in the way the Netherlands is organised. Here everybody owns stuff you can actually easily share with your neighbors, like washing machines, dryers, vacuum cleaners and so on. For me it was a simple sign. I have the golden rule for myself that I can only buy gadgets if I sell some, so it doesn’t cost me (too much extra) money, but still….. My house is full of things I never use as well. So we’re back at the beginning of this story; at Marktplaats. If you want something off me, just take a look. Pretty likely it’s there, for sale….