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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pack it up pack it in, let me begin...

Maybe they called themselves "House of Pain" because they were packing up their house which IS a MAJOR pain. Okay, maybe not really. And I'm not actually finding it a pain. I feel good while I'm purging my cupboards and spaces. Making the house feel bigger. "Why didn't I do this months ago, while we were still enjoying the space as our home and not just a big fat profit waiting to happen?" I asked myself.

Well, regardless, I'm starting to pack. I've got a lot of my kitchen cleared out of all the stuff that isn't used regularly...so WHY IS IT IN THERE??? Yes, maybe I won't pack, but host a huge garage sale. That sounds like a marvelous idea! Anyone want stuff? I've got stuff. Lots, and lots and lots of it. I get in these moods where I just want to throw or sell or give everything away because it's just taking up space that I could be using...to put new stuff in, lol. Okay, it's just a cycle for me. Buy new, throw away old. I'm not terribly sentimental sometimes. I think I'm going to wake up one day when I'm like 84 and regret all the crap I threw away. Oh, well, by then who cares right?

If we're going to be moving a few times in the next few years, I don't want to haul all kinds of useless stuff from one house to another. Why even bring it if it's just going to sit in boxes? I mean there is the stuff you have to, like baby stuff (if you're not sure you're done having babies) and that takes up a lot of space. The big crystal vase you got as a wedding present and gets pulled out once a year for that token bunch of flowers your honey buys you to prove he's still got it going on. The engraved wine glasses you had for your wedding supper, but will never use again because you only drink wine with company and let's face it, you're not giving your guest a glass that says "This is my beloved!" The tea kettle that sits in the cavernous cupboard above your fridge just waiting for all those cups of tea you think about having with a friend, but never do but still plan, so you can't throw THAT out. The gazillion candles you have in a special cupboard because you LOVE burning candles, but can't because you have two children who might decide to play with the pretties, but you are definitely going to burn them one day, so pack them up! Can anyone guess what I've packed today? Go on, take a wild guess : )

Now I'm sitting here asking myself what I'm doing sitting here talking to you, my dear bloggy friends instead of packing away all the stuff that I've just finished telling you about that's sitting on my counters. My cabinets are cleaned out, but my counters and floors are a very different story. I'll let you know if I'm having a garage sale.

13 comments:

Andrea said...

I felt the same way when I was de-cluttering and re-organizing my tiny 850 sq foot house in the city, getting it ready to sell. Why didn't I do this years ago so I could fully enjoy the small space that I had??

Oh well. Happy packing!

ValleyGirl said...

How IS it that we accumulate so much stuff that we never use? It's like that stuff multiplies behind seldom-used cupboard doors. I take it this means you've sold your house and bought a new one? Congratulations!!

Jenene said...

Um....so....if you...uh...feel like actually GIVING stuff away...or maybe selling it for a garage sale price.....and also if there's anything that a future newlywed could use (who also happens to be related to you)...um...what are the chances that this person could benefit from your decluttering? Ok ok, I'm just kidding. But seriously.

Erin said...

Andrea - you lived in 850 sq ft? With 2 kids? Wow. That's amazing. Doesn't it sometimes feel cramped in the space we have now? It's amazing how we collect things to fill our spaces.

Valleygirl - we have not yet put our house up for sale, this packing is in anticipation on showing our house. The less in it, the nicer it looks. Not to mention houses on our block are selling in like 1-2 weeks with short possessions so I'm just getting as much done now so I have less to do later.

Jenene - you bet you can have whatever you want. I hope you like blue! I've go lots of blue.

ValleyGirl said...

Yeah, the houses in your neighbourhood are selling like hotcakes -- and for insane amounts of money! Looks like you all stumbled on a goldmine!! Good luck with showing, selling, buying, moving....!

Andrea said...

Yes, Erin -- we lived in an 850 sq foot house with two kids! It was totally insane! Malia's bedroom was the LIVING ROOM for the first 5 months of her life (Joelle's room was way too small for sharing). I was really starting to feel very claustrophic and I grew to really hate my house, even though it was cute and homey.

Anytime I start to feel like we're crowded in this HUGE house (that seriously felt like a mansion to me when we first moved in) I remember how things used to be, and then I feel like we have oodles of room again.

Bonnie said...

Hey! if you're having a garage sale, I'm soooo there!! NOt because I really need anything, but just because I love garage sales!!
We've moved a lot in the past 10 years and my rule always is if I haven't used it for one year then I don't need it!!!! Good luck with everything.

Jen said...

Erin, this was an adorable post. I can totally relate!

lil ole' me..... said...

Erin, the title to this post just cracked me up! Love it!!!

And, you can come over and declutter/clean out our apartment. I can totally relate to this. :)

Happy Cleaning....

Tara said...

Good luck with all the decluttering, I myself don't like to keep anything! I throw a lot away. Supper sounds good but won't work on Tuesday as we won't be home until really late, unless of course you want to have a midnight snack..lol! Miss you!

Tara said...

Opps, I mean Monday won't work, that is when we come home! Hee, hee! Oh yeah and talk to Jer about the weekend in Fargo!

Nadine said...

Purging stuff is a good feeling sometimes. It's almost freeing.

it's me, Val said...

I am the same way about stuff and clearing out the old to make room for new! Ha! We MUST go shopping together when you visit!!!

And, btw, I'm having a garage sale next weekend if you want to come a month early? :)

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