Good morning, friends! Yesterday I finished up removing the recessed lighting from above the bookcase area in my living room, and then I spent the rest of the day cleaning up the mess, organizing my tools, throwing out junk that I’ll never use again, and getting more things ready to go to storage. Oh…and cleaning! My in-laws are coming on Sunday!
As I was doing that, it dawned on me that almost none of the stuff I’ve taken to storage is actually decorative things. I have two chairs that I want to reupholster for the new house, and I have a coffee table that I found at Goodwill that I might want to use.
Other than that, I have no furniture that I want to take with me. I want to start completely over from scratch.
And then as I look around the condo at the decorative items I’ve made, I just can’t imagine taking them with me, not only because I have no desire to reuse any of it, but also because these are things that were very specifically made to go in this condo. Do you know what I mean?
For example, the pleated shower curtain that is in my bathroom is probably the nicest shower curtain that I’ve personally ever made…
…but I have absolutely no desire to decorate another bathroom in yellow, and I think that this shower curtain is a key part of the design of the condo bathroom, so I have no reason to take it with me.
Even my magnetic framed spice rack in the kitchen seems custom made for this condo…
After all, I did paint the tree precisely so that the branches would “frame” the spice rack! I really did!
Anyway, I could go on and on, but you get the point. I look around at all the things I’ve made specifically for this condo over the years, and I can’t imagine taking any of that with me. Not only does they seem to just belong in this condo, but I simply don’t want to drag these things along with me and then feel like I have to force them into my new decor.
I want to show up at the new house with our bed (just the mattress and base, not the upholstered headboard), our clothes, toiletries, a few sentimental items (like our wedding album), our kitchen stuff (pots, pans, dishes, glasses, etc.), my tools, and the big dreams in my head.
Does that sound crazy? Have you ever done anything like that intentionally? I know that there are people who have to start over every single day when it’s forced on them by natural disasters and such. But are there many people who make that decision intentionally? Have you?
I’m so excited about it, I can hardly stand it.