Give it the old college try

I’ve been feeling restless lately and while I’m in no mood to change jobs or move from my house anytime soon I still feel… unsettled.

it's spring in California, no time to leave now

So in lieu of doing something drastic, I’m cleaning up around the house. Yes, a new project. I must be crazy.

All of this started with a coupon. Seriously. Well, it started with a gift but on the chance my best friend reads this entry before her birthday in November, let’s just say I went to Michael’s to buy supplies for a gift. And they always give out coupons. One such coupon is 50% off a custom framing order.

Familiar. My mom used to give me those all the time. Oh yeah, she wanted me to use one to frame my college diploma. Which is.. in a file folder somewhere. Definitely not framed on a wall somewhere. Looking important. Maybe I’ll do that by the time I pay off my student loans.

It’s only been… hell it’s been 5 years. Seriously? a) I’m old. b) what else is lying around leftover from college that I haven’t looked at since?

I distinctly remember promising to get rid of more of my crap when moved into the house. Specifically when I was driving around picking up boxes, packing my crap at all hours of the night and unpacking. I only moved 2 miles away and my Dad unloaded most of the boxes! I wasn’t slacking, there was a little flood indoors, a broker to disparage and my Dad is like a Boy Scout – always helpful and working on something. Speedsters.  Matchbox cars. Replacing dry wall. Unpacking boxes.

And then the inevitable happened, after settling in I acquired more crap, not less. By the way, I’m so not a minimalist nor do I really want to be. I enjoy having a quirky little copper bowl to make hard shell tortillas for soup. Even if I use it just one a month.

Besides the basic human condition that I like my things because they’re my things, I’m also an eccentric collector of ideas.  Which means I not only have a ton of recipes pulled from magazine I’ll probably never try but a lot of stuff. Because sometimes stuff is tied to an idea. A gift. A collection. Something fun I wanted to try (like spray painting crap in my garage).

The Challenge:  go through my crap. All of it. In chunks. Get rid of anything I haven’t used since college.

First up is the master bedroom.  This is why I take pictures. Because when I took pictures of the new bed skirt to see if I liked it, I decided I hated how the room looked. Cluttered.

I inherited the loveseat and shoved it in the corner so I could *literally* roll out of bed in the morning, open the door so the dogs can go outside and roll back into bed without getting up.

Yes, I’m lazy.

Anywho, this just wasn’t working. So I moved some things around:

A lot cleaner. I have space to move. Yes, I have to get up in the morning to let the dogs out but you win some, you lose some.

I’m still working on the rest of the room but getting rid of anything I haven’t used, worn or read since college.


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