Day Twenty-Nine

What She Wore: purple rugby shirt that I stole from my husband; blue jeans; tennis shoes.

I keep going to our new house and opening boxes. Notice, I said opening–not unpacking. I get the thing open and I think, “why the hell do I own this crap?” Box after box, I’m wondering why I have so much stuff.

I’ve found some fun items–love letters I sent my husband years ago, post cards I sent from Europe, a pep-talk I wrote when the Hub lost his pilot’s slot, a list of things to have accomplished by 2007/2008. That last one is hilarious. Those things are little treasures.

By and large, however, I’m finding crap. After four months of stepping over piles of stuff to get around, I’m longing for some wide-open space. I need some breathing room, and this house is even smaller than our last. I open a box, take out a few things, and deem the rest to be junk. I’m feeling a serious purge/garage sale coming on. Starting fresh before my old ways force me to keep all this stuff: books I don’t read, shoes I don’t wear, dishes I don’t use. What’s the point in hording all this business? Who knows. I do know that I’ve lived four months without most of it, and there’s no time like the present to get cleaned out.

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  1. Hi Katy!
    I still enjoy reading your blog very much — just wanted to let you know you’ve inspired me to start one of my own, so stop by once in awhile!


    P.S. – Can’t wait to see the new house pictures– decorating is the best part of owning a house! I’m excited to see what you’ll do with Charlie’s room too. :)

  2. Nadine Hightower says:

    Damn!! You’re a 7 and I’m a 6…. you can’t send your shoes to me!! Damn!!!

  3. Love your blog!! I just recently came across It is cleaning and decluttering you might want to check it out!!

    Oh, and by the way. Charlie is such a cutey.

  4. Small Town Girl says:

    Very true, get rid of it before you put it away somewhere!

    The soup was a cheese soup with carrots and it was supposed to have celery in it, but I didn’t have any. It doesn’t sound that great, but it was pretty tasty. It was the only one that I had all the ingredients for at home.

  5. Right on! I love this idea! When we left the condo in Chicago I totally did this! It feels liberating.

    P.S. I’m starting to freak out on some of the people that leave messages and stuff on my blog…EEEEEEKKKK!

  6. Good idea. I did the same thing when I moved a few years ago – and I’m totally not a packrat, I probably throw too much away – yet I still had a few boxes that I never have unpacked, they are just up in the attic. Hope you get settled into the new home soon!

  7. I need to be doing this myself… the clutter is getting me down. I say get rid of it now before you have time to change your mind.
    Keep good


  8. Oh yeah. Boxes of junk. I remember those. We still might have one or two around here somewhere. Gotta love moving!
    Hope you have a good weekend!
    God bless :)

  9. Hollie@Cheaper then Cheap says:

    Purging can be a very good thing!!

  10. Did you ever come across those red ALDO shoes you were going to give me long time ago? If you come across any cute shoes on the 7.5 side- put them aside for me so I can look at them during the holidays please. I can’t wait to see y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- love KAE

  11. Girl I feel your pain!!! SIGH.

  12. Amen! Sell off what you can and donate the rest to a charity.

    Be Blessed!