I have issues. Stop laughing, I'm not talking about all my faults. I'm talking about issues with things, possessions, collections, gifts.... STUFF!!
You see, I love to collect things, well, I used to love to. I'm now kind of over it. That's odd to say, but I really am. I'm tired of it. Making room in the house for things instead of us. Spending money on items that just sit there and serve no real purpose. Problem is, I love the thrill of the hunt... finding that treasure for next to nothing and knowing it is worth something or discovering that elusive item that has been missing from your collection... you know the feeling, it's hard to just give that up. But have been trying and doing better. I didn't even go to one yard sale, thrift shop, or antique store on our trip last weekend. I even avoided quilt and fabric shops(saw several of those as we drove).
So why the change in mind set you ask? Well, it's a couple of things. For one, I have been trying to simplify the house and change my style a bit... make cleaning easier and have a fresher lighter look. And the other reason, I really don't know what our future holds in the next year. I honestly don't know where we will be living. And the thought of packing all this crap up and moving it does not appeal to me and who's to say I will have room for it all. So as much as I love to go to goodwill, the thought of bringing more stuff home just makes me sick.
But the real dilemma is, what do I do with it? I do like most of my stuff, but I don't like the look it creates. That darn pinterest gives me too many ideas and looks that I want to try, I just don't have the space for all of it!! What do you guys do? If you have something you like, but you find something else you like in it's place(but still like the first thing). Do you get rid of the old to make room for the new or just pack it away? Am I the only one who likes to change things so much. Then I worry that I may want that old look back. I told you I have issues! I really just want a house that is DONE and comfortable and doesn't consume me. Maybe it's because I'm a stay at home mom(and I do stay at home most of the time) so I see these walls almost 24/7, it makes the house so much more of an issue for me. I know so many people whose houses are just a place to go to, eat, and sleep at. They don't worry about what they look like. But that just isn't me and I don't see that changing any time soon because I do enjoy making my house a home. Yes, I know I am starting to ramble, sorry, I guess my mind feels as cluttered as my house does right now.
Ok, let's take a look at this collection to start with. My egg stuff. I like it, but I'm over it and it takes up my whole hutch in my kitchen. None of it serves a purpose other than to take up space and fill your visual view. I could store pretty white dishes on those shelves that we would actually use. BUT, I feel like I'm stuck with this stuff because my dad bought most of it for me. I guess if I had more display space it wouldn't bother me so much. And I do like the look of the items, it's just with 9 people in this house I feel like the space is taken up by too much stuff(can I use that word any more!).
I found this picture today on pinterest and I just love the look of it. It's simple and clean but does still have some collectibles in it. But notice the architecture of the room? I think that's what makes the difference. The wide beadboard on the walls and the lip plate shelf around the room adds the character to the space so you don't need all the stuff. And yes, I realize that my table couldn't look like that because we actually eat dinner at ours every night, but a smaller flower scape would work.
What's the word of the day..... you got it...... Stuff!!!
Have a simple day,