Monday, February 16, 2015

The Problem with Downsizing

The problem with downsizing, clearing out, minimizing, and simplifying--it just gives me more room to start collecting stuff again.

Perhaps I am missing something vital to the point of life simplified.

  But I find it so hard to resist small pitchers and useful little containers of any sort.
 I bought this blue table at a yard sale.  Yes, Barb, blue is a favorite color.
 I don't really remember where I found this plate but it perks up an otherwise useless corner of the kitchen counter.
And who doesn't eed an angel or two watching over?

17 comments:

  1. Yes it is really hard to keep from filling the spot you just cleared. One the other hand if you are a frugal or thrifting shopper, the price you pay is less than someone else pays to go to the movie or out to dinner. You save a dollar here, to spend a dollar there.

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  2. I'm in the same situation -- supposed to be getting rid of things, but adding more!

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  3. Lovely containers! It's especially difficult to pare down when some of the pretty stuff (or not-so-pretty) came from someone special. Good luck!

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  4. I like to collect art. And I keep changing the framed family photos on my mantle.
    Your collectibles are lovely.

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  5. I have given up collecting and must go through all of my non-sentimental stuff and get ride of it. All of your things do not look cluttered. They look really lovely, so don't worry until stuff starts falling off the shelf.

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  6. I would love to downsize but my husband is a collector and his face tightens up when I suggest such a thing.Maybe that's why I love our Tucson park model - we just bought it last year, we haven't had much time to collect, and I have hope it will remain simple.

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  7. Getting rid of stuff leaves room for new stuff without adding to the clutter. Enjoy!

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  8. Oh, I love how you are cluttering up your Florida house!

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  9. Lovely items, the table is very pretty and very functional. All the colors are so pretty and bright!

    I've been taking items to the garage for a sale this spring but I understand the need to collect. With me it's mainly seasonal decorations though I've really cut back. I think I'm down to 6 or 8 large rubbermaid totes...that's not too much is it?

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  10. Those little items really do brighten up your kitchen. I love throwing out old things -- a good excuse to buy new things although new doesn't have to actually be new! Just new to me. Love the tablecloth -- actually I love collecting table clothes!

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  11. Sadly I can relate. I recently told an artist friend of mine that I loved her painting but that I didn't have a single open space of wall to put it. How did that happen??

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  12. I think an empty table top is kind of sad. Better to fill it up with plates and pitchers and ... angels.

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  13. I understand what you are saying. I'm getting better at not buying these little things because I just don't have any more places to put them. On the other hand, I really love that plate, and the corner would look blah without it. And that blue table, well, it is a find for sure. Love it!

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  14. I'm glad that you're adding things while I'm still subtracting! PS I'm psychic!

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  15. I like the pitchers in the window, and that plate in the corner is really cool.

    But what I really love is the view out your window with no damned snow.

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  16. I like that colorful plate. It's so cheerful! I'm trying to downsize our things too, but it's awfully hard. Really, really hard.

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  17. You present an excellent argument for not throwing out beloved stuff in the first place.

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