Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Unloading the Clutter One Cabinet at a Time

Can we talk about downsizing, purging, unloading, clearing the clutter? Whatever you want to call it, the quest for less is alive and well around here, and I'm addicted. This phenomenon can strike at any time or at any age. Sooner or later the stuff just has to go! Things change. The nest gets smaller. Lifestyles change. Priorities change.
We've finally realized and accepted that downsizing in the near future (or sometime before the end of the decade if I stop procrastinating) is inevitable. I'm good with that. It's going to be a long and winding road, but the journey has to start somewhere. I'm clearing the clutter one cabinet, one drawer, and one closet at a time. Baby steps.

I'm really excited to be joining some of my "50 and Fabulous" blogging friends to share our views and experiences on how things have changed for us in life after 50.....and beyond.

Vintage green depression glass
Once upon a time, I would buy every piece of inexpensive green depression glass I could find. Those days are gone. In fact, I don't think these pieces have seen the light of day in at least five years when I painted the hutch they were stored buried in. I'll be keeping some of the larger platters and bowls for now, but I have my doubts they'll make it past the next few rounds of my quest for less.


Vintage white plates with rose pattern in rustic wire basket
I wish I could justify keeping all the dishes and tablecloths that have been hiding behind closed doors for years. Love the large rusty basket, but I have another one just like it. Notice that large glass vase? A cloche was born when I turned it over to add a price tag. Duh! Now I need to shop my garage for the perfect base.

Vintage bird cage and repurposed home decor accessories
A few more treasures I've enjoyed for ages. Now it's time for them to find another good home.

Hardback decorating books
These once-loved hardback books have been doing nothing but collecting dust since the dawn of Pinterest. I love a good book, but these haven't been opened in who knows how long. Why should I spend my time dusting dozens of books when I can dust my computer screen with one swipe? This is only a short stack of the hardback books I'm hauling to the street faire this weekend. You should have seen the car load I donated to the library!

Home accessories downsizing
I reserve the right to continue to shop at yard sales, but only for stuff to resell. Yeah, right.


Downsizing and unloading my treasures one cabinet at a time.
I've been busy plucking and pricing more stuff from the house and yard. It's a difficult process, but so far I'm feeling good about letting go of the first round of 26 1/2 years of accumulation. Only 24 more rounds to go.

Let's get this 50 and Fabulous party started. Life's good after the mid-century mark! Different, but good!




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39 comments:

  1. Wow! Pretty things- I love your collection of dishes ♥

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  2. Ah, this is timely, Betsy! My mom is in the thick of downsizing and I'm catching the inspiration, too. Gotta make space and lighten my crafty hoard. But oh, sometimes it's hard! I'm glad that you have a built-in way to sell your pretties when you want to - maybe that makes it a little less painful, if the purging will be gainful?

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  3. I'm doing the same as you, Betsy. So far, easy enough to get rid of the old clothes or things I really don't like. The harder part is the stuff I love but not using, not really. Or gifts from others. Your book photo made me laugh! And the art supplies I may never use? It's one step at a time -- good for you having a spot to take it to for sale!

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  4. I've done so much of this and it does feel good! I'm at a bit of a stall right now, but feel more purging coming this fall/winter!! Good job!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. Oh I would have taken everyone of those books,I seen a couple I would have bought
    I guess we have all been cleaning out STUFF, I even have sold on ebay winter coats I wore once
    donated lots shoes to shelter
    All our stuff goes round and round LOL

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  6. Betsy,
    I have been doing the same around here and it sure feels good. Maybe one day soon, my cottage will be clutter free.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. I can only hope that yo have inspired me to start the "de-cluttering process. I now have a rule that for every one thing that comes in, two have to go out. I don't seem to be getting anywhere so I may have to step it up! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I admit, I am not in purge mode quite yet. Hopefully I get there. You have however given me some food for thought:) Glad you joined in.

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  9. De-Clutter has been the key to my organization lately, its truly a tip that is a must to stay well balanced in all. Maria

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  10. Oh Betsy, I so hear you! We have a five year plan and I too have so much decluttering to do if we're going to downsize. All you can do is take it in baby strides (advice I'm giving myself). I'm sure you'll have no problems selling your way through the clutter and adding to that nest egg. Good Luck!

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  11. It must be in the air because I've been decluttering and tagging things from my home too! It's time to be free from all the stuff that weighs us down. And from one treasure hunter to another, you have beautiful clutter! LOL!

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  12. Congratulations! I need to do this, but what do I do.....buy more!!

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  13. I have the cleaning out bug too and I am well past the 50 mark so I should have started cleaning out already! My excuse? No time...really. I have so many other things taking my time every day that I keep putting it off. Good for you to get a good start on it!

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  14. I love my books and can't let them go...you are strong :) I have let some plates go at my garage sale!
    deb

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  15. Life is good after 50. We have more confidence. I know what you mean about unloading stuff. It can be overwhelming. And what a job!

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  16. I think you have an excuse to keep things given the awesome way you turn them into treasures!! The more I get rid of stuff, two and half truck loads this summer, the less stress I have. It's such a freeing feeling, but not easy to do when we like to make new junk out of old. And it seems as soon as I've given it away, I suddenly have a use for it!!

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  17. Oh, wow! We've fallen out of love with the same things! I haven't got around to pulling out all that green depression glass to sell yet, but only because I've got about 10 storage bins full of stuff bought specifically for sale. I have purged my book collection, but can't seem to get rid of decorating books. Or magazines. Some day, perhaps I'll scan the few pics in them and dispose of the clutter. Spoken like a true hoarder, huh?

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  18. Yup! What they said! I just turned 56 and am in the mood to declutter. We recently decided we needed to move elsewhere after our place was flooded three times this summer with rains. And we just need a smaller place to care for as we get older. It's not easy, I've lived here for 50 years. My parents lived next door until they died. So, between us all, there's a lot of STUFF around here! I'd need a lot of yard sales to get rid of everything. But I'm getting in the mood. It's time.

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  19. You go girl!!! It is hard but will feel so good when you clear out stuff. You are brave to get rid of your decor books. I cannot let go of mine. They don't get much reading time but I do like to stack them to put things on lol! Have a great week.
    Kris

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  20. Ah, the depression glass. My parents collected it. They each had a "pattern" and I've had to let most of it go, but kept a few special pieces. I did pass them all along to younger family members, but I don't know that they love them like I did.Letting go of our "stuff" is hard.

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  21. Betsy love all your pretty things. Oh girl...it is so hard to de-clutter isn't it? I struggle so with giving up some things and my books is one of them! I keep saying I am going to get better...I have too...I must! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  22. I struggle with this sooo much! But I am slowly getting there! You go girl!

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  23. Hi Betsy, loved your post since it totally relates to how l feel about "my stuff" and am happy to say l also don't need/want so much any more....l love your depression glass collection though and your rose pattern china is lovely. Hope you find the perfect base while you're out garage sale-ing this weekend.

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  24. Sometime I wonder how I accumulated all this stuff! I have a really hard time letting go of the things that were gifts or have family memories, even when I'm sick of looking at them.

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  25. Betsy, I applaud you for staying on mission. I know that's ahead for me...maybe next year...sigh. It is so hard to get rid of all the stuff. I have my inventory I sell, but some of it takes a long time to sell & in the meantime I have MY stuff. Those sentimental value things...
    I love the way you incorporated this into a post about being over 50. I can relate.
    Florence (another Blogging Fiftier)

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  26. Betsy, I love how you have collected so many beautiful pieces and now are ready to let others enjoy them. too. Micing into a smaller place can be just as enjoyable. I promise. Have a great week.

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  27. Betsy, I love how you have collected so many beautiful pieces and now are ready to let others enjoy them. too. Micing into a smaller place can be just as enjoyable. I promise. Have a great week.

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  28. This cracked me up as I'm staring at 5 totes of stuff, that didn't make it back into the new kitchen. Some are treasures and others have sentimental value. Hard to choose, but I'm glad to have my Etsy shop to dispose the better of the lots and lots of stuff, I still have to go through. Grins, loved your post! Sandi

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  29. It feels good to reduce. I've sorted out a lot of coffee table books and other things this year too. When it comes to any kind of junk it's a bit more difficult though. I just might need a certain piece to create with that I threw away.
    I hope the street fair went well for you and you sold a lot of items, Betsy!
    Have a lovely week! :)
    xo Julia

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  30. Betsy, this is wonderful! I've always followed the One In One Out Rule so that my "stuff" would never exceed my storage, but nowdays I'm not even content with that. I want to open my cupboards and see empty spaces!

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  31. I'm so with you, Betsy! With a move in our future, we are already cleaning out and deciding what will go with us! You have wonderful goodies...they'll have no problem finding new homes!

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  32. I did the same thing with a pile of books, but I donated them to a favorite resale shop. I didn't want to just give them to Goodwill. I have to say, it was freeing and I'm purging more and more!

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  33. I also have this urge to unload, or in my case, I try to reuse things so at least I don't have to bring more things into the house. That seems to be working. Betsy, good luck on your decluttering, I will be sending you mental support.

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  34. Oh yes, the Great Edit and Purge in the Quest to de-stash a lifetime of being an incurable Collector of great stuff definitely is in full gear here as well... and has been for a few years now. An epic move last year put it into hyperdrive so I got to leave a lot behind and not drag it over to New Villa Boheme'. But, my goal of simplifying life is a Process that I think will take the better part of Senior Life now... besides none of the grown kids or grown grandkids want to inherit and have to wade thru the stash of my ahem estate slash hoard! *winks* Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  35. Betsy,
    you've certainly got it together more then me, letting go of stuff is soooo hard!
    My daughter just told me her husband has nightmares about my garage! Once our weather cools off here, I'm going to try, really try to do a purge! Don't know how successful I'll be but trying's what counts,




    Betsy,
    you are good, much better then me! I'm still after all this time not good at letting go! My daughter told me not long ago that her husband has nightmares about my garage! Once the weather cools off here a little, I'm really gonna try to do some purging, REALLy TRY! Whish me luck!
    Rebecca











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  36. I went through this last year, after reading the Marie Kondo book. I purged like mad. But, a year later, I'm sorry to report that clutter is slowly creeping back in. Darn that love of shopping. I'll have to do it again.
    Amalia
    xo

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  37. So pretty!! I wish I could come shop your beautiful stashes!! :) I have an addiction to vintage china too.....and along with many other things! haha! xo Holly

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  38. Betsy, I'm with you all the way! So many pretty things, but just don't need them any more. I don't like giving garage sales/yard sales/whatever you call them, so our favorite local charity shop gets it all. Every time they see my husband coming in, they know they're in for something good!

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  39. Oh I missed this list but I can so relate! I need to be a part of your "50" group!

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