Have you ever been asked, "If your house was on fire and all people and animals were safe, what one material possession would you want to save?" Of course you have. Everybody has. When I was younger I would give cliche answers, like "my Bible," or "a photo album," or "my journal," or "Mr. Quackers." (Actually I would still probably save Mr. Quackers.) Today, I probably wouldn't grab any of those things. I bet most of us would grab one thing: our phones. For me, that's where everything is. That's where my photos are, that's where texts are, that's how I access my journal (blog), etc etc and stuff.
When I moved, I thought about that question fairly frequently because I was going through boxes, trying to decide what was important enough to me to want to keep, and what I could live without. Spoiler alert: I could actually live without most things that I have. Humans are materialistic bishes. I ended up getting rid of a lot of things: 6 bags of clothes, 2 boxes of "stuff" (purses, picture frames, stuff like that), and random bits of paper from college that had doodles or my signature with somebody else's last name (Keith's, Christian Bale, Elijah Wood, you know, totally normal stuff). Purging felt good.
Once the drive had been made and my boxes were out of the cars, I had what I felt was a similar predicament to the old, What would you save if your house was on fire? question:
What should I unpack first?
What was important enough to me that I pulled it from the boxes before anything else? What could I absolutely not live without? Well, LET ME JUST GO AHEAD AND TELL YOU YOU'RE WELCOME.
1) My Brita pitcher. I bought a new pitcher just before I moved and I was weirdly excited to unpack it and put it in the fridge. I need a Brita pitcher because I am high maintenance and I WILL NOT drink tap water unless the circumstances are dire. My preferred waters to drink are: Aquafina, Arrowhead (but only from the one gallon plastic bottles, if you give me one of the 16 oz or whatever bottles I will look at you like you're crazy because that stuff is disgusting), Nestle, Brita water, and then tap water if I'm dying. I'm a part of the group that does NOT think all water tastes the same. BECAUSE IT DOESN'T. Also when I was a baby and my parents tried to give me tap water it gave me diarrhea so I like, have a legit allergy or something.
If you don't know what this gif is from I feel sad for you.
2) My bathroom stuff. Because I needed to shower and brush my teeth, duh.
3) My coffee pot. It took me about 4 hours to find my coffee pot, and it was in the first place I'd looked, I just hadn't looked hard enough. It was in my laundry basket underneath my shoe container. That makes sense, right? I needed my coffee pot because drinking coffee is one of my addictions. I don't drink coffee for the taste or for the caffeine, I drink it for the same reason people smoke: because bringing the mug to my mouth and sipping is what I'm addicted to and I'm not going to stop and I needed my coffee pot.
4) A nail file. Do you know how many nails get broken when you're moving? At least 4. And I loathe few things more than I loathe jagged nails.
The end. What would you unpack first? DOES DIFFERENT WATER TASTE DIFFERENT TO YOU?