Friday, January 6, 2017

First Week of January!

My first post of the new year!
I've been fighting this awful cold and while I am finally doing a bit better it has taken it's toll on my energy.
I'm in the path of this winter storm and we may get some snow.  It's a good time to just stay warm inside and work a bit more on my spare room.
It was a project from last year that never got finished because of my house guest and other various things happening.  I did sell the day bed and got rid of some bookcases and a large (falling apart) dresser.  Some IKEA shelves were added and then I had surgery, so all of it came to a halt.
I now have a futon that will act as an extra bed when needed and take up much less room.  I make a huge mess when I re-arrange and purge items.  A small room doesn't leave much space to work in so it spills out into the living room.  I took a large load of things to the Habitat for Humanity yesterday.
Yay me!  AND...I didn't go in to shop.
I'm trying to stay out of the thrift shops for all of January.  I need to break the habit of just looking and buying small things because they are cute! 
Cute becomes clutter!
Take this purchase from Nov. of four Blue birds of Happiness.  So cute, only .25 ea how could I leave them there.  BUT, now I have a flock of glass blue birds and honestly what do I do with them? 
Time to downsize, and I think it's really reached into my heart and soul this time. 
I love my collections but they have once again gotten out of hand.  I want to edit them and keep the pieces I love the most and return the others to the wild for someone else to find. 
Where to start? 
First of all I must get my spare room arranged and cleaned of things I no longer use so I can have some space to make decisions.  It feels good to do this!
I want to own my things, not have them own me.  Now I will never be a minimalist.  It's not in my nature but the sheer number of things I own is overwhelming.  January has begun a change for the better!
  Anyone else feeling this way?

I had a few photos I wanted to share.
This one of Scout might be my favorite Christmas photo of 2017
The Grands were going to bed Christmas Eve and Scout headed back out to the living room alone.  There she found the cookies & milk for Santa that Tiger had left out and just helped herself.
Her Dad caught her in the act and thus this photo!  Makes me smile!
My girl and her girl!
Tiger, in tiger pj's brushing his teeth!
My Grands seeing a new baby lamb!

Wishing you JOY,



Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Love seeing your sweet grandchildren. Hope your cold is becoming less and less and your energy is returning. Good progress in your spare room. Really like your idea of 'things' going back into the wild for someone else to find. Hugs.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Love the grand's pics. and bravo on the rest!


Darling photo and one to put in a scrapbook...cookies for Santa!! I feel the same way. My family room is worse than your guest bedroom. I like the idea of not going into any store for a month. I have a cold too. Just came over me on Thursday...hoping it will be gone by Monday!
Happy New Year!

Cozy Little House said...

I will never manage true minimalism. But I have stopped buying things for collections. Where on earth to put them? I live in 725 square feet and have to get sensible about that space! So I'm not going into stores. They just beckon me to "great deals" I don't need!

Cheri said...

Your Grands are so cute and Tiger...well I can't believe how big he has gotten!
Good luck with all the purging it is good for the soul and you will feel so much happier and it will keep you out of trouble.

Have a great weekend...stay inside...stay warm...and get better.

bj said...

O,yes,ma'am...I think we all are ready to get rid of so much stuff...I've not been in a thrift shop for a couple months...I've learned that when I get too much STUFF, nothing really looks good...I've cleaned two closets since Christmas and have my SUV full of Goodwill stuff...will take it when this snow melts...sure feels good, too.
Your grands are so adorable

20 North Ora said...

I have plans to get rid of stuff but then I look at it and think - I will probably have a need for this! LOL But, I'm trying to organize my craft room also.

Hope you are doing well. Everyone I know has an awful cold. Get well soon.

Those kids are so precious!!


Rose L said...

I have a room needing to be decluttered and put in order as well. We here in Oregon are expecting another bout of a snow/ice storm. Hope it does not hang aroudn long. It does not happen often here where I live and now we have had 3!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I know you love being close to those precious grandkids! Hope you don't have to get out this weekend. We've been watching the weather channel...what a mess! Stay warm and safe! Sweet hugs, Diane

Susan said...

Hi Linda...

Hope, by now, you are feeling MUCH better. The kids are more and more darling every time you post photos of them!

I am totally with you regarding "stuff." Right now, some of it is owning me and it must go OUT.

I had a whole flock of the turquoise "boidies," too. Guess what? I wrapped them all in tissue paper, put them in a box, and gave them as a gift to a friend who loves birds! None of my rooms have turquoise in them so they really didnt go with anything. I just loved them! So now someone else can do that. Yippah!

Take care and feel better! Susan

Chatty Crone said...

I hope you feel better - you have had it for awhile.
So she drank Santa's milk and ate his coolies - cute.
I know you love your little treasures and it is hard to give things up.
When I did it a couple years ago I got rid of truckloads.
Guess what.
It is back filled up!
Oh vey.
Love, sandie

Junkchiccottage said...

Glad you are starting to feel better Linda. Your grands with the new lamb is precious.

Nancy Blue Moon said...

I also have trouble giving up shopping for treasures Linda...All the precious little nick-knacks...the beautiful linens that some sweet lady worked with her own hands long ago...I look at them and wonder what will happen to them if I give them..if they don't sell will they end up at the town dump..I wish I could get these thoughts out of my head...Even so, I have enough regular things that can be tossed or donated that I am working on now..I love the picture of little Scout snitching Santa's cookies and too am glad to know you are feeling better...

We are: Clamco said...

Oh I love that futon. I wish I had gone that route instead of the daybed. I used to have a lot of collections. Now I just have a few pieces that bring me joy when I look at them. It's funny, the ones I like best usually are the ones I paid the least for as I consider them great finds.

Diann said...

You know I'm right there with you! This nasty bug has stopped me in my tracks this week. So much to do and no energy to do them. But, i'm trying to stay upbeat and know that my body needs to heal right now. So, I try to do micro mini things around here. LOL Went from babysteps to micro babysteps! I hope you get rid of the crud soon. I know you have been dealing with it longer than I have. Did you watch the documentary on Netflix "The Minimalist"? I recommend it if you haven't. Love you and take care!!

Shelia said...

Poor Linda! I'm so sorry this ole cold has gotten you down so long. But glad to know you're feeling better. You may have not gotten all of your strength back from having surgery. It just takes a while. Anyway, I'm proud of you getting rid of stuff. It's so hard, I know. I love how your cubbies look and just remember - don't over do it. This will be waiting when you're all better. Those little grands are so beautiful. I can't believe how little Scout is growing up so fast and look at her hair! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Cleaning out is such a big job! Since we know we plan to move we have started cleaning out, too, and have taken several car loads to recycling and donating. We have been in this house 30 years, so we have STUFF. We can do this!

Mereknits said...

I am proud of you Linda. I have to much stuff myself and need to continue to get rid of the things I am not using. It is crazy how fast you can accumulate things. You are off to a good start my friend.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Your grands really are so cute. Stealing Santa's cookies and milk is precious.

Saw one of those organizer people on the morning show. His advice. Get 3 boxes or bags: 1 trash 2 donate 3 sell (if you don't sell eliminate 3). Spend 10 minutes a day collecting things for the bags, from drawers, closets, etc. Said not overwhelming that way and amazing how many bags/boxes of stuff you end up with in a week. We tried it for a week, it works!

So many bugs going around this time of year, glad you are better.

Jeanie said...

I have rarely read a post that so resonated with my daily dilemma than this one. I want to thank you for showing us your spare room in progress. It greatly resembles mine (much of which is out of control due to the holidays -- but then it's never good!). That was brave -- I've thought about it but haven't had the guts! So bravo to you.

And yes, the part about owning your collections vs. them owning you -- I have struggled with that and the "cute is clutter" concept. And we will never give up cute or collecting but getting it under control is one of my 2017 goals. It is a never ending goal, as the other is o ingrained -- but a noble one, nonetheless. A very happy new year to you!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Nice to see someone else having a spare room that looks like my parents spare room, hell at the moment at my parent place Landon's room looks just as bad they need to get Dawson to sort it out so Landon can sleep in there again

Vonlipi said...

Your grands are sooooo adorable! your heart must be filled with joy every time you see them.

I know how you feel about the clutter! I am still decluttering my own stuff as well as my Dad's. It is hard and slow work but I am positive we will both make great strides in 2017!

Every little bit helps.


Valerie x

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

I have been fighting a bad cold too and just did my first post of the new year. Hope you are feeling better. I picked mine up in Georgia when I was there for Christmas. Your grandchildren are just adorable, my friend. xo Laura

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Linda, I think I was at the place you are a few years ago. I'd been saving everything...for what? Our girls didn't want any of it, so it was just taking up valuable space in our house and garage. It feels so good to have closets that aren't bursting at the seams and our basement storeroom with empty spots on the shelves! Our youngest daughter and I held a vintage sale and most everything sold (for a fraction of the price, but that's the nature of the beast) and what was left, she sold in lots on Facebook Buy and Sell. Keep at it, and you'll be happy with your collections that mean the most to you!

I love the photo of your granddaughter drinking Santa's milk. Adorable!

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VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

Ah, just finding and discovering your blog Linda! I enjoyed your post & as I'm purging too, can so relate to your doing the same thing. You are so fortunate to have grands at their young ages, where they still find wonder in seeing a baby lamb! Mine are 17 & 12, so they are past that & not into their grands at all. Those glass birds...I have a collection of them sitting in the windowsills in our sunroom. Enjoy them so much, but you're right, you can't let your stuff own you. In fact, I have pretty much quit going to yard & estate sales b/c I have so much, & people give me more. I can't keep going & buying, but I do miss it, & go occasionally when I just have to have a fix...LOL! How long have you been blogging?

Vicky Hunt said...

I've definitely been trying to declutter over the past several months. I have gotten rid of countless items and still find more I can part with every time I clean the house! Good luck with your projects. That picture of Scout helping herself to Santa's milk and cookies is priceless! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Vicky

Marigene said...

Hope you get over that cold that has been hanging on way too long!