Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Downsizing 101

Like other fellow baby boomers we have decided to downsize.Even though all of our chicks have flown the coop and this decision was unanimously reached and very heartfelt it is still somehow bitter sweet.
Yes. I shed a few tears.:(
Some things I have learned on this journey.
1. You must be ruthless in your editing of possessions!
Do you need 3 soup pots? The George Foreman grill? Really? How many collectibles is too many? Remember only what you absolutely LOVE can make the cut.
2. You'll always have your memories. What you don't have is space!
That's why this piano

and this chinoiserie china cabinet(behind the column)

and this rice bed

did not make the move with us. They are much too large and formal for our new home.
3. Keep only what you must! This pine hutch and table go where I go.

Not only are they sentimental favorites they will fit in with our new casual home and lifestyle.
4. Embrace change!
Easier said than done. We carefully planned this move and are in the process of building our new "old" forever home but this has been an emotional roller coaster. So many "Remember When's". You must learn to let go of stuff while you hold firmly on to your priceless memories and cherished friends and family.
This is an exciting time of life , full of adventure and new beginnings. I am excitedly looking forward to what lies ahead!


Stacey said...

It's hard!! When we moved from Oklahoma it was the point in time where I knew the 4 of us would never all live together again. It's hard to let go of some things that remind you of that sweet time in life.

Liz Hockamier said...

Have you already purchased a new place?
Can't wait to see the updates!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh the editing down process is indeed so hard. My heart goes out to you. I cannot wait to see your new home.
Have a spectacular, safe and Happy Fourth of July weekend!

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