Downsizing Is A Trip!


This week’s posting has nothing and I mean nothing to do with weight loss! I am in my home town getting ready for the movers to come get all my belongings and move them to New Orleans. I have lived in this house since 1993. I have lost a parent, gotten married and divorced, and had two pets in this house. I have had six jobs!  And there are reminders of all of those experiences here in my house. Now choosing to move means I will relocate into a smaller space.  I am going from 1750 Sq. feet to about 1000.

Here are some of the things I found:

I have to let go of a lot of Memorabilia:  That picture I bought of the French Quarters when I graduated from college, or that black and white picture of Billy Holiday (at one time she was my favorite singer in college) can definitely go. I don’t need any of these things. Because guess what? Without them I still remember what it felt to have graduated from college. None of those memories are going anywhere. Donate or recycle this stuff — I won’t miss it.

T-Shirts (and Other Clothing I Don’t Wear) I’m not talking about those soft, perfectly fitted T-shirts I love and wear all the time. I’m talking about what’s down there in the bottom of my closet. I don’t need a T-shirt in order to prove I went to that conference, worked at that special non-profit, or volunteered at said event. I had seven t-shirts from every graduation I attended at a Head Start program. HA!

CDs and DVDs: This one’s a no-brainer. I don’t need these anymore. All the music and movies I want are on the internet now or can be stored on a hard drive. I usually listen to most my music from my Amazon account on my tablet.

Kitchen Gadgets: First let me say I love to cook. I found out I owned a wedding-registry worth of gadgets and rice makers. Hell I don’t even eat rice anymore…why do I need three rice makers?  I figure I don’t need any of those gadgets I haven’t used in the past two months. That is almost everything in my kitchen.

Things That Are Neither Useful, nor Beautiful: William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” So after getting rid of the things listed above, I took a look around. I sat in my TV room chair and observe my home. Do all the things hanging on my walls make you smile or think? Do the pieces of art I own make my heart sing? If not, it can’t move to the new apartment. Things like my Uncle Jim award winning artwork and sculptures, or pictures of my parents wedding day….Yep they get packed.

I am thinking of it this way, I am not getting rid of things. If anything, I am making more space for them. Those are the objects that inspire.

Quote for the week: Sometimes it’s hard to move on but once you move on, you realize it’s the best decision you ever made.


3 Comments on “Downsizing Is A Trip!

  1. Yep to downsize is work….get rid of stuff all of it and don’t give Marylee any of it cause you know she will take it…too much stuff

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