Monday, January 27, 2014

A Belated Hello

Hi there! Long time. You can probably tell I've been a little on-the-fence lately about whether I want to keep the blog up and running. I don't want to post just for the sake of posting, but post too infrequently and what's the point, right? I haven't made up my mind yet. It's hard. What I'm trying to say is my life is like Hamlet without the murders, you guys. That's all.

Jonathan and I kicked off the new year by taking a full car of stuff to Goodwill! It's been almost two years since we were able to make such a significant purge. Even dropping off one bag gives me such relief. This was gloriously cathartic.

We'd both held on to a lot of toys from our childhoods, and they were living in our office closet, presumably only to be sifted through after we had kids, at which point most would get thrown out or donated. They were taking up a ton of space. I felt like an extreme jerk thinking about the pile of excellent-condition toys I was leaving to gather dust in the closet while actual kids could be playing with them. That alleviated the weird guilt I felt about giving them away. We each kept a few things that were the most meaningful. (I kept Claudia, Carrie, and Carmencita: my Cabbage Patch, Puffalump, and rag doll.)

To the toys we added clothes, picture frames, seasonal decorations, a few purses, my college backpack (still in awesome shape, but utterly unused) and that big wrapping paper holder. We get and give a lot of gift bags, and thus most of the wrapping paper in the holder was purchased many years ago. We kept three rolls, which tuck neatly into a small nook in the office closet. Getting rid of the holder freed up enough space that I was able to move fancier non-everyday dresses into the office closet, which gave clothes extra room to move around in the bedroom closet. (Not being able to slide clothes around on the bar was starting to annoy me. It was hard to see things.)

Now, for the first time since moving to Los Angeles, I live somewhere that has some partially-empty shelves! Maybe this is sad, but for many years, that's been a dream of mine. Partially-empty shelves, can you even imagine? Whatever. You can't shame the unashamed! Now I want every shelf to be partially-empty. I think that's a goal that's going to take quite a while, but I already have ideas.

That's it for here, for now. Have an awesome day!


JanAlyssa said...

Ugh, I'm so jealous - organize my life for meeee!! Also I'm obsessed with the fact that you had a Cabbage Patch doll named Carmencita. You were obviously far more cultured than I was growing up!!

mm said...

There would be less organizing and more carting heaps of things out the door!

dotkron said...

Hi,cutie! Welcome back! Is your Molly doll still here? I hope you didn't purge her! Love ya, Mom xxxxx

mm said...

Hi, Mom! No, Molly still lives with you. I don't think I could let go of her. Love you!

dotkron said...

Whew!! ;)