Letting Go of Treasures




6T5C5973This morning I woke up on a tear.  On a mission to get rid of “stuff” cluttering my home and mind, I started going room by room, chucking things in boxes, clearing out an entire closet just to put garage sale-worthy items in for holding.  Yesterday I loaded up one entire SUV from floor to ceiling with “stuff” and headed off to Goodwill.  “Get it OUT OF HERE!” has been my mantra as of late.

You see, in the suburbs of Atlanta, you can rent (relatively) great big houses for a (relatively) small amount of money.  Parker and I moved in to our current home, a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom cookie cutter classic, at the height of the housing market disaster and rent was, and still is, a steal.  The problem with so much house (too much house for two people, honestly) is that it’s so easy to accumulate “stuff”.  “Crap,” or “junk” some might even say (or another four-letter word I’ve been using lately to describe these things…).  Just toss it in the spare bedroom and shut the door!  In to the attic it goes!  Shove it out in the garage, you’ll never see it!  It’s gotten to be too much.  I want to own less things.

So, in an effort to clear my head and my home, I’m getting rid of the excess.  Some things that I care nothing about losing, but other things that I would never call mean or ugly names, like the treasures above.  All of these things meant a lot to me at one time.  They were collections for my wedding.  They represented surrounding ourselves in pretty things on such a special day and I didn’t think I could ever part ways with them.  Just over a year later, I’m ready.  I realize I don’t need these things to remember how lovely our day was – I have plenty of memories and photos to help me remember.  And these pretties need to bless someone else’s big day or home for a while.  So, it’s time to let go of some treasures and these are too special for a garage sale.  If you might be interested in any of these sweet things, I’m selling them on Ruffled.

Tell me – do you have a system to keep clutter to a minimum?  I’m dying to know how people let go so easily and keep from accumulating too much stuff.  Jordan lives in 500 square feet and says she does a big sweep of clearing out every 3 months!


6 Responses to “Letting Go of Treasures”

  1. kristin

    i go on rants like that from time to time too! sometimes i’m all sentimental, but sometimes i wake up with a “get-it-outta-here bug” and then plan a yard sale or donate things. mostly, i do well, but my craft/art studio is a mess currently… and here i am wanting your pretty milk glass! where would i even put it?! haha.

    • Katy

      Oh my gosh, the craft room! I haven’t even started on that yet because I know it will be so hard. With crafting, you just never know what you’ll need until you’re working on something and think “That random piece of string/button/textured paper/etc would be PERFECT for this!” You know?! Oh dear. I did manage to get rid of all my old magazines that I always think I’ll look through but never do. Progress :)

  2. Marlene

    Oh Katy, I feel your pain. Every year during my holidays I take a good 3 or 4 days to “declutter”. My rule of thumb the last few years is “if I buy something, I throw 3 things away” I also take some time to do the “27 fling boogie” – Run through a room and put 27 things in a bag to throw out… Good luck my dear! (I’m off to clear out that 3rd bedroom myself)

    • Katy

      Oh, Marlene, you are so hardcore! I love your methods – especially the get rid of 3 things if you buy one thing. I might be a little faint of heart to do a 27 fling boogie, though that name does make me laugh! :) I’m so glad I’m not alone – I don’t want to be a hoarder!

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