We Have a Lot of Crap….I Mean Stuff

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Ever feel that your house is overflowing with stuff? I am really suffering from that feeling lately. We have a lot of stuff….and all the stuff that we use only occasionally always seems to end up in a corner of our basement.

Our basement isn’t unfinished, but it isn’t finished either. It’s a hodge podge; a mixture of small oddly shaped rooms none of which are completely finished. There’s a cold room, a wine room, a potting room (for all my garden pots and other supplies, NOT a pot growing room!) a large rec room and a storage room. The storage room is overflowing with boxes of this and that. More boxes of stuff are stacked in the corners of almost every other room down there. Why? Because we have too much stuff!

We have cans of paint that we used in a house over ten years ago and 300 miles away; I still haven’t figured out why we are holding on to those four half-filled cans of paint. There isn’t even enough paint in one can to paint one tiny room, so why do we still have them hanging around?

Why do we need five boxes of Christmas tree ornaments when we only put up one large tree inside. Why do we have three boxes full of winter coats when there are only two of us living here? How does a person run out of winter coats and then need to have a supply of twenty two others on hand?

We’ve had a big garage sale and we managed to get rid of a lot of it. If only we could put a rule in place that says for every one thing we bring in, one thing must go out!  Of course, that’s probably not realistic and if you’ve lived in the same home for years and years, you likely know what I’m talking about.

photo credit:  Salvatore Vuono

photo credit: Salvatore Vuono

Even worse, things get put in boxes and then the boxes don’t get labelled. Wouldn’t it be great if boxes were labelled with every single thing that was inside? I know that’s probably too much to ask, but seriously, it would be great.

As it is now, we have to go looking through all the boxes to find that thing that we need once a year. We seriously have to get more organized. Getting rid of all the extras would be a huge help. All I know is I am not moving all this stuff again, unless it is onto a table with a huge For Sale sign hanging on it.

I’m quite certain that I don’t want to ever move house again. The way I feel now is… “They” can take me out in a box! (Just make sure it’s labelled!)

That being said, there may come a time when the farm is too much for us. We are 40 minutes from a hospital and these things will become more and more important as the years go by. Will there come a day when that distance is simply too far to go?  Perhaps.

I know what I’ll be doing if that day ever does come. A huge garage sale will be happening here! Everything must go!

Then, I’ll be researching moving companies to find one that has a great reputation, lots of insurance in case they break anything and they have to be members of the BBB. Bonus points for any company that actually comes and packs the remaining boxes up for us then delivers them to wherever we land after this! I’ll bet they write the contents on each box.

Whether we’re moving closer to the Coast, down south to California or even if we need movers Phoenix, I’ll be sure to get the best people for the job. All I know is it Won’t be ME!

In the meantime, I think we need to have another garage sale. It’s time to really get serious – sell all the extras or give the stuff away. Just get it out of here!  I have no need for four sets of dinner dishes, even though each one of the patterns is beautiful.

Have you downsized the contents of your home lately? Are you like us and hang on to every single thing you have ever bought? I’m feeling quite determined to tackle this overflowing house and get things in order. Just as soon as the garden is put to bed :)



Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

It’s July 1 and that means it is Canada Day for all us northern dwellers. How are YOU spending the holiday? We’ll be at the local lake later this afternoon for some good eats and wonderful visits with friends and neighbours. That’s after a morning of chores done around the homestead; Graham is hoping to get out to the rake the hay he cut the other day. I’m hoping to get an hour or two in the garden pulling weeds!

Happy Canada Day!

However you spend your holiday, our wish for all of you is a coming year of only happiness, great health and times spent with the ones you love. Enjoy your day!