Saturday, March 15, 2008

It takes a move

This week, in between over-vacuuming and re-dusting my house waiting to show it, I cleaned out even more of the garage.

The "easy" stuff went into the POD: excess furniture, knickknacks, and, well, basically anything personal (And a few things I regret packing, like my electric griddle and my waffle iron, but let's not go there). Yes, right now my house is a product to be sold, not a cozy haven of the comfortingly familiar. We are resigned to it.

Then, a very worthy charity came last week and picked up the "easy" castoffs: things that don't fit, things that have been hanging in my closet since 1993, and things that I don't need.

What is left is the stuff that perennially haunts me. In 22 years of marriage, there are certain "themes" to the items I have trouble parting with. For example:

This shoe. I paid good money for this for Allie-14 back in 5th grade, and I just know some day I'm going to find the mate (and maybe even buy some new shoelaces).

These potholders. Really, I have trouble getting rid of any linens, but these are perfectly good, just as they were in 1985 (I seriously think I got these for a wedding shower gift, which makes them even harder to part with):It wasn't until our realtor asked to bake some cookies at the last open house (if our house can't have anything personal in it, at least it can smell homey). I pulled these out of the drawer and cringed. Did you know you can buy new ones at Walmart for $1.00?

And speaking of linens, here is something else from our early married days. Yup, these placemats have graced our table (mismatched with another set of woven ones with the same color scheme) for over 20 years. Never mind that I have newer ones. You just never know when you are going to need more placemats. I closed my eyes and threw them into the giveaway bag.
Cute containers. I love this cute little box, which has been in a box (with other useless but cute little boxes) for quite some time, because it is too cute to get rid of. Until now.My next chore (if I can get my CEUs done) is to tackle the attic, which is filled with other items I've kept far too long: textbooks, even older mementoes, and (hardest of all for me because I have to face the fact that Ruthie-4 really is the last) baby stuff.

Pray for me.


Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Even without many years of stuff I had a hard time parting with somethings during my recent purging after Christmas. And really, now that it is gone I don't miss it or want to go find it at Goodwill and buy it again. So - good riddance I suppose. Now go buy some new potholders!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Oh my goodness, those orphan shoes are just torture, aren't they? I have one for each child and even one or two in my own closet!

I'm also guilty with the cute boxes and raggedy potholders. I did finally buy some new potholders at the dollar store recently, though.

Glad to hear you're making progress! Now you deserve a weekend off, right?

Susanne said...

I hate to think what I would unearth if we ever had to move.

I have the same cute box issues.

Laura said...

Girl how I wish I was there to help you!!

mholgate said...

My, oh my Katherine! All of your sorting and purging is making me wish I was moving too! Maybe then I would be forced to get rid of some of the clutter in my own house! : ) I have been in the mood to go on a throwing away/giving away rampage lately!

Good job! I'll pray for you about the baby stuff...I'm having a hard time parting with some baby things myself now that we're done.

kittyhox said...

I truly believe I'm going to have to hang on to baby clothes/items until I have grandchildren.

My cousin is expecting and I went into the nursery closet to gather a bunch of things to lend to her (I planned on lending her pretty much everything) and I had a mini panic attack. Seriously.

I think I'm going to have to buy a whole infant wardrobe to pass off as Nicholas's old baby clothes because I can't bear the thought of his little things leaving our household. What if something gets lost!? I already told her I would lend it all to her!

Can you possibly just move all the baby stuff to your new house in the country? Maybe you'll have a barn!

Okay, I'm not helping.

Beck said...

I have never used placemats in my whole life and yet I have like, six sets. WHY?
Ah, the tragic orphan shoe. Its mate MUST be around the house someplace, right?

Sandy said...

Hi Katherine - I'm on a mission for spring cleaning too! :) It's just time ... laundry room, here I ocme!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

I have the hardest time parting w/ old things too..
I have pot holders that look awful.. but I've had them so long that I can't get rid of them.

I get attached!

Laura said...

Good for your for parting with the stuff. That box really is too cute...

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Funny the excuses we make for keeping things around! Props to you for having the guts to toss!