Hi All, I'm looking for suggestions and helpful opinions....I move countries permanently in 2 weeks time from Australia to New Zealand (I know, it's not a massive move, but still different country and all the stresses that go with it) and due to multiple reasonings am in the process of selling all my furniture and large electrical appliances prior to my move(including ethical issues surrounding some of my hand me down furniture, the fact that much of my furniture while practical is not what i would have chosen for myself, and of course the sustainability issues surrounding shipping my home overseas). this means that once i arrive in NZ i will be rebuying all my furniture and a large percentage of my household items.
My issue is this, whilst i'm more than happy to slowly add to my collection of furniture overtime as i find sustainable options and start with very sparse furnishings, there are certain items that i will immediately require, and based on my budget i'm not sure whether there is the possibility of me replacing all of these sustainably at this stage. My current thought process is that i will do the best i can to source ethically, and if i can't find what i need will be aiming then to source natural products at the very least, with the minimum amount of items i will require until i can sustaniably source items for the remaining items.
Can anybody offer advice or suggestions as i'm still struggling with whether this is my best possible approach, and i'd welcome any input.
It sounds as if you are doing and thinking in exactly the right way. Moving is so stressful (I have moved around far too much but am now back in Australia (for the second time!). Furniture and appliances are an issue but you will know in your heart which decisions are right for you. Personally, I try and buy second hand / vintage but this is not always possible. When we first arrived back here we had no furniture (sold it all too, like you are) and we made some rushed silly decisions. I know now that I will not make these decisions again, but the whole journey is a learning process...
Anyway, the best of luck with the move. I have a friend in Nelson in NZ whom I am trying to find at the moment! :-)
Thanks Ruthy!!! It's nice to know of someone else who's been through this hair tearing exercise :-). Obviously it will be very worth it at the end, and i guess i really just need to cross my fingers that i'm making the best possible decisions at the time, and if i make an ill advised one, i guess i'll know for next time!! I'd offer my assistance with finding your friend, but i'm going to be on the wrong island for you!! Best of luck in tracking them down though, and thanks again for the support