To be continued.

Taking a break while I decide what my blog wants to be when it grows up, or whether it’s served out its purpose, and it’s time for me to retire it.

I wish everyone well. You know I love you.


Things I didn’t realize

Today was an episode of “Things I didn’t realize I had.” Yes, this is the entire girl’s basketball team for our school (the only school in town), when I was a kid. The redhead on the right in the oval is me, of course. I ran across three of these photos sets for different years, covered in a layer of dust. I scanned them, and am now tossing them.

Cascade Idaho 1990 basketball

I also found a new home for this grill. Thanks, Craigslist!

grilling bacon

So, my husband grilled bacon on this, once. The resulting wall of flame and ocean of grease resulted in it no longer being used.

So, here’s something to think about. I didn’t even know I had most of these items. Some of them have been packed in boxes for nearly 20 years. Let me digress (I promise to come back to this). My husband and I went in for couples counseling. We found out so much about our triggers, and the emotional baggage we both labor under. When we have disagreements, we’re not even disagreeing about the subject at hand. Instead, we’re reacting to things that happened to us 20, 25, 30 years ago. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous to hold each other accountable for abuse that happened long before we’d ever met. We’ve been hauling it around without even knowing it. Just having this pointed out to us by a third party has helped our relationship more than I’d have thought possible. We’re more patient with each other, now.

I think there’s something to be said for the symbolic act of going through old boxes and disposing of items that no longer have any meaning. Memories that don’t support my goals and the life I’m now living. Items I didn’t even realize I was carrying from home to home. Far beyond the practical and literal decluttering I’ve been doing, I’m coming to realize what my unexamined boxes mean. The whole thing has been eye opening.

Disposed of, but not photographed:
* Huge pile of brand new bags I used to use for craft shows for buyers to carry things in.
* Various old letters
* Ribbon organizer
* Student of the year plaque
* Graduation board/hat with tassel/whatever it’s called

Total items decluttered this month: 91

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


Decluttering odds and ends, day 12

Time to declutter some odds and ends. That thar is MS Office 2003. Buh-bye. The white and brown bowl-shaped thing is a starched, crocheted plant pot that my grandma made. It can’t be washed, dusted, or cleaned in any way. Also shown: packet of photos from 1993, a magazine on keeping chickens, two old mugs, an old calendar, a Strawberry Shortcake cup, and two plastic mugs with crayon drawings inside them that child-me drew. I think that’s a fair haul to part with, for the day.

crochet flower pot

Total items decluttered this month: 78

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


Decluttering the paper tiger

I’m turning loose a HUGE pile of letters and old paperwork. If it’s compostable, it’s going in my compost pile. Otherwise it’s heading to the recycle bin or the shredder.

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Total items decluttered this month: 66

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


#MinsGame Day 10

Decluttered:

  • Stuffed bat
  • crocheted bowl
  • paper flowers in vase
  • wooden cat display
  • 2 rolls of velcro
  • WonderUnder
  • fake gladiola
  • shoes
  • painting of ladies at piano

stuffed bat

Total items decluttered this month: 55

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


I get sentimental over the weirdest things

The chairs used to belong to my grandma, but they just don’t work for us. I’ve asked my aunts if they would like them, and they didn’t. So… I guess Craigslist? I have a lot of guilt over letting them go, but the alternative is to have them hidden away in the spare room, like a guilty naugahyde secret. I’m motivated to get the spare room cleared out, because we don’t use it for anything but storage. The goal is to move into something quite a bit smaller, once we have a down payment saved. I’d really like to own a home, again. Renting has worn me down.

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That crazy frilly looking thing in the photo below? That’s my toothfairy pillow. It’s dusty, and glued rather than sewn, so I can’t wash it. I don’t see the tooth fairy visiting me anytime soon (at least, I REALLY hope not). The green frame held a photo of my little sister and I. I’ve removed and scanned the photo, so that I can send the original to her.

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Oh yes, and the lumpy brown thing is fake dog poop. My Advanced Biology teacher gave it to me when I graduated high-school. In 1994. I get sentimental over the weirdest things.

Off to Craigslist and Goodwill, and the round filing cabinet.

Total items decluttered this month: 45

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


Redrum and Hamlet randomness

I’ve talked before about my love for blue glass, so I won’t repeat myself (hopefully). I haven’t burned candles in these blue votives for years, so into the donate box they go. The Redrum and champagne bottles were gifts from a friend of mine, who I haven’t had contact with since 2008. Life is like that, sometimes. While I love “Hamlet,” I can stream it online anytime, so I don’t need the DVD. Redrum and Hamlet. What a combination. I suppose that’s proof-positive of how much I adore randomness and contrast.

Redrum and Hamlet randomness

redrum alcohol bottle

It’s a pretty bottle, but easy to replace. As an added bonus, if I choose to replace it I’ll need to empty it, first. What a hardship.

Honestly, today’s choices were pretty easy. I don’t know why I’ve been hauling these things around.

Total items decluttered this month: 36

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


Letting go of what no longer serves my life

Here’s to another round of letting go of what no longer serves my life. In 2007, my husband and I opened up a pet retail business called “Three Cat Limit.” We loved it. Unfortunately, no one else did, so we closed the brick-and-mortar version of the business. I took it online in a new incarnation, and sold handmade pet items on Etsy, as well as at craft shows. I loved it. The craft shows in particular were a blast.

After working with crazy potent organic catnip for nearly seven years, it started giving me hives and headaches. Dammit. So I had to let that part of my life go, in order to look after my health. So here is my offering for the day. Five receipt books, a box of business cards, and a basket I used to use for display at craft shows.

Letting go of what no longer serves my life

Not shown, and not counted, is the Three Cat Limit website. My husband and I took it down earlier this week. Time to move on and pursue other passions.

Total items decluttered this month: 28

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


The trouble with “ought to”

Today’s round of decluttering was weird. What I mean is, the emotions stirred by my choices were weird.

June declutter snowman

I felt guilty over the audio books, one of which was still in the shrink wrap. They’re books I feel like I “ought” to like, but I don’t actually like them. The snowman was also an “ought.” My mom made it in 1988. It’s made from quilt batting. That means it gathers dust nicely, and can’t be cleaned. If I ever actually set it out for the holidays, it would be destroyed by my cats. Actually, it’s likely one of them would knock it the floor, and the dog would destroy it. The skirt was yet another “ought” to like. In fact, I think that most of the items were.

Then there’s this:

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I bought it to use during our wedding. I pretty much never wear makeup, and didn’t wear much that day, either. I didn’t want a shiny face, though, so I picked this up. That was 2006. What the heck?

Handmade snowman 1988

Bye, Frosty. I hope you find a home where you will be better appreciated.

Filling my house with things I “ought” to like, or feel I should like, means there’s no room for the things, people, and experiences that I actually truly do like. This particular lesson just keeps showing up. I worry that it’s a reflection of living a life I feel I ought to like. I can see this is going to take some thought. Decluttering has really stirred things up.

Total items decluttered this month: 21

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!


Moving on – old paint

Who doesn’t have old paint in their garage? Unfortunately, mine is from 2003. Once upon a time, I owned a little 600 square foot house that I loved dearly. I painted the bedroom lavender, with pale mint trim, and an eggplant purple door. That room felt like home. The whole house felt like home in a way no other place had. When I moved in with my now husband, I took the paint with me. I’ve been carrying it from rental to rental ever since.

hazardous waste old paint

That’s just crazy. The paint is no doubt full of unmixable lumps, not to mention that modern paint is going to have less in the way of fumes, too.

I hopped online and located a hazardous waste collection site. It was a quick and easy transaction. All the people at the mobile collection site wanted from me was my zipcode, and away I went.

Total items decluttered this month: 15

I’m playing a decluttering game in June, courtesy of The Minimalists. If you’d like to play along or recommend any resources, I’d love to hear from you!