What we keep (and what we don't)
I'm not a minimalist; I like small objects that speak to me, especially old tins and weathered wooden boxes (and small ceramics, both useful and not). I had plenty of space in our old house in Clemson for display of boxes, objects, vintage furniture that had no purpose, etc. There was also plenty of space for extra clothes, linens, and various things that had come from our previous move, including lots of china, antique glasses, etc. that had been gifts.
We weren't clutter people, although I was prone to stacks of things on my desk, both at work, and at home in my study.
I'm quite sure that I've written about decluttering before, but only found this delightful post with a search for "clutter" in Natural Gardening. It was about finding some lovely fall leaves in an old phone book on a desk stack!
You'll notice the old berry box and the copper pots, too.
Hmm, I thought I'd try a search about "decluttering" and brought up a post about taking my own advice re gardening, with a slightly snuffle-producing photo of the view from my old study, as well as still sound thoughts about considering one's landscape.
|Study view, 2012|
When we became closer to moving to Asheville, and downsizing to a much smaller house, not originally bought with "retirement" in mind, I decided to get proactive. (Moving through the emotional adjustment of leaving a house and garden that I loved is another story for a different post.)
I was NOT going to have a storage unit or boxes of stuff cluttering up spaces. I went through two classes at the local OLLI about downsizing (and decluttering), and slowly started shedding stuff. I started with clothes -- that was the easiest part. Geez, why did I still have all of these clothes stuffed in my wardrobe and walk-in closet?
And I was on a roll. Some things were a lot easier than others.