Out with the old?

Well, maybe.

I’m looking to downsize as so many other people have in recent years.

It’s not that I’m uncomfortable in my home but more that I’m ready for a change.

I remember hearing somewhere that your tastes change every seven years or so. They might have been talking about the foods we like to eat, but I’m finding that my tastes are changing in regards home décor as well.

At one time many, many, many years ago, I was such a cat lover that I collected teapots and coffee mugs that have pictures of cats in some form. Many of them grace the wooden shelves above my bedroom windows but as I glance at them now, I just want to get rid of them.

My tastes have changed but how to downsize is the dilemma I’m faced with. At times the thoughts of throwing ‘stuff’ out the window and into a dumpster strategically placed below fills my mind. But then there is that voice that says, wait, “do you really want to get rid of that? You could need that some day or that doily was made by your grandmother.”

I try to shush that voice as often as I can.

Now it’s not to say that I want to really just pitch it all, no matter how expedient that solution would be. No, I will determine what I “truly” want to keep.

I may set it up as one television show used to instruct a homeowner. Place a pile for keeping, one for throwing away, one for selling and one for donating.

Now I’m faced with what is something worth if it goes in the sell pile. I haven’t figured out that solution as of yet but how to sell it will definitely be a new adventure.

My brother says do it on craigslist.

OK, well, I’ve never ventured onto that site.

Remember the horror stories that arose in its early days of lone women being attacked trying to simply sell a sofa? Maybe I’ll need to take a defense course first…

But no, Jim says he has sold several items when he and Michele were downsizing their home. All worked well for them and they promise to lead me through this unknown territory on my mission to declutter.

And so the journey begins…

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