Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm kind of telling on myself.

I recently read this post about downsizing your junk and keeping only the pieces in your home that you absolutely love. This is something that I have been struggling with a lot lately. There are so many decor items in our house that we have because “so-and-so gave me that on such-and-such birthday” or “that cost quite a bit of money when we bought it two years ago” (even though it’s charm has completely worn off) and, to be real, it’s driving me coo-coo.  I don’t want to hold on to things out of guilt. The husband can NOT stand it when I bring up getting rid of our stuff.. “but when we bought it we had to have it and now you just want to give it all away?!” In my defense, I was planning to have a garage sale and at least charge $5 for that plate I saw at Pier 1 and almost died over, and begged him to let me buy even though it was a ridiculous 40 and change. For a plate. But honestly. Just to clarify though, I do give Matt some justification here. It’s not all him. I have some little trinkets here and there that I like, not love but like, and I don’t get rid of it because right when I do, I find something that I do love and when I bring it home and put in on display somewhere I go “Man! I really wish I had kept ____ it would look so cute next to this” and then I end up with an awkward space right where ____  should be, but isn’t.

When it comes to buying things we love, we usually can’t. I can not even tell you how many times I have been in an antique store and spied something gorgeous and had that melt-y “OOO… it’s so pretty. I don’t even want to know how much it costs” feeling, only to end up looking at the price tag anyway, because we simply couldn't resist the urge… and then we would end up buying something that we could afford, just so that we didn’t leave feeling defeated. Thus the half loved junk taking up residence on our shelves. But now I know better!!! And I want a do over!

I have grown. My tastes have changed dramatically. All the stuff I used to like seems kind of not grown up enough anymore. Or maybe that’s just how I see it, because it reminds me of when I wasn’t so “grown up”.  I have been looking at blogs and pinterest (which I swore I wouldn’t get sucked into- but 2 hours later when Jonah woke up from his nap I was like- “sheesh! I just laid him down!” but for sure I had been “pinning” for 2 hours) at all these really pretty and unique ideas for home decor, a majority being DIY projects, and I am so anxious to try them all. It wont all happen over night, but eventually I will have a decor I feel better about. Without a doubt I know that this time I wont end up wasting money on things I will want to get rid of in 4 months, because I have been sitting on these ideas for a while. And fine tuning them. And if we have to live in this 600 sq ft house, we might as well do so comfortably, and with less clutter (or at least prettier clutter? just kidding). So, we start the full-house run through Thursday. Wish us luck…

1 comment:

ellen said...

i hear you! it's so easy to throw money away on stuff that we "need" (read: "want") so good on you for wanting to make a change :) and i completely agree- pinterest rocks! i'm loving the cute (but more lasting) diy decor ideas on there. i'll have to find you and start following your boards!