Sunday, August 22, 2010

Things I Need to Toss but Haven't

If you haven't seen or heard of the book Material World by Peter Menzel you should. It takes a look at the things people own in different parts of the world. Here's another link to whet your appetite. It's humbling and thought provoking to see how little those in second & third world countries live with. I don't aspire to live like that; it's just comforting to see how little we actually need. I do want to be more conscientious about what I spend my time and energy on.

Mr. SH & I are feeling the need to purge again. I'm really getting into minimizing and he just likes cleanliness. I've spied him looking at tumbleweed houses though. Maybe I'm converting him! mwahahaha!
I'd like to get rid of about 1/3 of our remaining possessions. Did you know I currently don't have a kitchen table? Well now you do. It's been in the shed all month. We've been using a folding table. I haven't decided if I like this yet. I'll let you know.
I'm looking around my living room as I type this and trying to really decide if I want to own each possession. The couch, the piano, and at least two of the book shelves stay. I really don't want the vintage radio anymore or the fish tank currently resting on it. However, I can't bring myself to kill the frogs & fish so for now it stays. But once they die (on their own) those are gone!

I have 3 brown containers. One has extra cameras, cell phones, & other just in case items. I haven't used any of them in 3 years. The other has manuals that go to those items. And the third has fabric scraps. I have used those in the last year. I had a grand vision of making a quilt and then I had a third child.

Do I really think I'm going to make that quilt?

I still have a box of crafting supplies. I have more in my closet. I think I need a support group or something.

There are glasses in my kitchen I never use. And I seriously think I have about 8 bowls I never use. I have 3 lamps that are sitting in a closet I can't bare to part with just in case. I think I could write a whole post about those 3 words. My kids use wall lights now and I don't want to go back to table lamps because then you need a piece of furniture for them to rest on. Why keep them? Because they're pretty. So pretty sitting in my closet where no one can see them.

Someday I really will take pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. I'm terrible about uploading them, but I'll try to work on that.

I have 3 tall bookshelves in my living room. They contain lots of books, board games, video game stuff (that's hubby's), filing, and computer equipment. I wonder if I can pare it down to 2??? Just typing that makes me feel emotional and nervous. About STUFF. It's JUST STUFF.

I dream of being able to fit all my possessions in my car. Now keep in mind I have a sedan so no one else's stuff from the family would fit. But how wonderful would it be to know I could!


  1. I swear, this was THE BEST PART about moving cross country with no moving van of our own. Our living room currently contains two IKEA chairs, and a box on the floor that's a makeshift kid's bookshelf. The kid's bedroom? pack-n-play and a mattress.

    Our room has a desk, lamp, and bed. The kitchen has a table and chairs.

    That's all the furniture we own. (luckily we have built-in shelves in the closets for clothes, books, etc.).

    I think giving yourself a space limitation can be a good way to pare down. I had to do that with my crafting supplies (I had only one box for crafts AND all my Christmas decorations), and while it was painful--it was freeing to get rid of four-year-old projects I no longer cared about finishing.

    As for books--remember that you have the library. If you have a great book that you loved but never read anymore, pass it on to someone who will benefit from it!

    You can do it, Kristi! (oh, and I miss you like crazy, babe--you should move to NC)

  2. I love this post! I just found your blog. I too am a stay at home mama of three and live in a small house. The "just in case" is a real problem for me. My parents are pack rats and taught be about repurposing and upcycling so it is hard for me to get rid of things that I might use someday. Oh, and the craft supplies...and yes, I will make a quilt someday, won't I? Ha ha. It is nice to know I am not the only onein this boat. Off to read more of your posts! Thanks for sharing.