After the remodel of the kitchen, I was selective about what went back into the cabinets and drawers, or so I thought. When I found my Arabia Finland Finel hearts bowl, see that post here, at a rummage sale a few weeks ago, I washed it up and looked for a spot inside the cabinets. As I opened up the cupboards, I saw a casserole dish that was purchased from a thrift store many years ago. While I like this pottery piece very much I have never used it, sits in my cupboard and looks pretty.
I removed the pottery casserole and in its spot I put the Arabia Finland Finel hearts bowl that I knew I would be reaching for and often using.
And so started my journey on decluttering my home. While I enjoy lovely vintage things, what is the purpose of having them just sitting around not being used. So my next stop was the basement.
My husband built some storage shelves for me many years ago, where I keep my bins and boxes of holiday items, Halloween, Easter, and Christmas.
My first bins to sift through was Christmas. I found a huge box of vintage ornaments big, medium, small, fancy, plain, flocked and cute ornaments that say Merry Christmas. I could not part with them, but I don't need anymore for my trees, so I decided that I would make an ornament wreath with a friend.
I also found a few items I had forgot about, how could I forget this Christmas cuteness, they will add whimsy to my ornament wreaths.
I have packed up three huge bags of clothes that are out of style or too small that will be donated. Several boxes now contain items for the rummage sale, and more items will certainly be added to the rummage sale pile.
Today I will tackle my cabinet that contains my glass plates, bowls and my Pryex. I will keep only what I will use and two items that I just can't part with.
What is the point of me keeping all of these things, even if they are vintage and wonderful? I get caught up in the hunt of finding vintage items bring them home and store them in my basement. I can't possibly use every item to decorate my home.
So my great declutter has begun. Will I still thrift shop, you bet I will, but I will only purchase things that I know I will use, buy as a gift for a blogger friend that collects certain items, or if I donate two things that I already have to make room for the new purchase.
I can't believe how much stuff I have down in that basement, just wait until you see!