Prior to putting our house on the market a few years ago, we spent a SOLID month purging – cleaning out every closet, emptying the attic, every surface was relieved of clutter and the rule was “KEEP ONLY WHAT WE USE” .
We rented a storage unit for items which we knew we could live without – we just were not quite ready to completely ditch. And while it was a tedious and emotionally draining exercise to come face to face with all of my STUFF – Years and years of baby to teen things – the process became easier and easier as we dug deeper and even NOW with our house OFF the market – I enjoy the freedom from my STUFF.
OVER TIME – there were some household items that we either had to RE-buy or pull out of storage – for the most park we realized how LITTLE we really needed day-to-day.
(OBVIOUSLY – this list does not include anything with a beating heart – my family and my pets are the first and only things I would save in a fire – NO, this list is about the “STUFF” of life!
I made a list of the TOP TEN ITEMS THAT MADE THE CUT
TOP TEN THINGS I STILL LOVE TOO MUCH TO DITCH
- MY PINK KITCHENAID MIXER – I got it over my Pink Kitchenaid Mixer over 15 years ago for my 5th Mother’s day. I remember 5-year-old Tate, running in and saying “We got you a present for Mother’s day Mommy!!! But it’s a secret.” I was impressed – and then – 1 minute later, he said “We got you a Pink Mixer Mommy!!!!”
- My ROUND OAK COFFEE TABLE –
- THE CHURCH PEW –
- My Round White Table and 4 chairs. THIS table and chairs is the BEST “anyroom” table – We use it as a desk and a dinner table.
- MY DRESER – THIS PIECE has lived in nearly very room in our house. It has served as a Dining room side-board, a TV stand and now it is the dresser in my bedroom. It has the BEST BIG drawers and a few years ago I did a makeover of it – painting the outside Benjamin Moore “Anchor Gray” and the Inside “Raleigh Peach”.
- THE MID-CENTURY SIDEBOARD BELONGED TO Damon’s Grandmother – “Gram”. It lived in the front hall for a few years and now is a part of my Studio/Dining Room.
- MY PINK CABINET. I love this cabinet – …maybe one day I will have built-ins but for now – it is such a handy storage piece.
- MY (faux) MORA CLOCK – I know it is faux – but it just makes me smile. I plan to give it to one of the kids one day.
- PHOEBE’S SPINDLE BED. I LOOKED AND LOOKED for years for a spindle bed. Finally I found this one at a little antique store just up the road from me! And it was only $125!!!!!
- THE KITCHEN ISLAND. This piece is so cray practical and lightweight and durable and easy to move around. I image it could be great as an outside piece.
Putting this together is eye-opening and enlightening.
First of all – it is amazing to me how much of what I have I COULD live without – certainly all of my clothes, the sofas and chairs and linens and textiles – I really would not miss – they are either replaceable – or just a “THING” that in the big picture – does not make or break me.
WHAT 10 THINGS WOULD YOU KEEP????