I was looking forward to this weekend ALL. WEEK. LONG. I didn’t even care about the heat advisory that’s on us ~ I’ll happily stay inside and continue to work on my goals. (However, tomorrow I may visit the town pool. It seems a shame to spend the entire weekend cooped up!)
Today, I finished the clothing donations. I dropped off one large garbage bag and three small ones at a local donation bin. The remaining toys will be either gifted to a family member or the kids’ former nursery school. I have some of my own personal clothing held back because they are listed on eBay and they end within the next 24 hours. Whatever doesn’t go will also be donated.
It just feels amazing to purge. I’ve never lived with 3 other people before and it’s amazing how much we buy, keep, outgrow and somehow still…keep. Because I’ve moved so many times in my adult life, I’ve learned to keep my own personal belongings to a minimum; it was simply too exhausting and expensive to keep moving boxes of unnecessary items from apartment to apartment. I’ve become a minimalist, albeit not a super strict one.
Something I do have trouble with purging are craft items. I’m not saying I don’t do it; I recently got rid of a TON of fabric that I knew we’d never use. But when it comes to, say, vintage jewelry pieces…
…it becomes hard for me to feel justified in getting rid of it. The string of beads you see that I’ve glued on to this strip of burlap and lace is from an old necklace. You don’t see metal beads like this anymore; the white paint has chipped, showing the faux gold underneath which is actually quite perfect for a vase I am working on.
I’ve been working off of the same Ziploc baggie full of jewelry pieces for over a year now. I paid $20 for it and some of the jewelry was perfect fine and I re-sold as vintage pieces, recouping the cost of the entire lot quite easily. I try not to disassemble pieces that could actually be re-worn and enjoyed as they are. Thankfully, though, jewelry doesn’t take up too much space.
I hope to have this new white and gold vase ready and in my Etsy Shop by the end of this weekend.
While I’m working on that, I’ll be working on these, too:
I’ve been dying to get my hands on some clear wine bottles…I had to drink their contents, first, and I’m not really a white wine drinker. (But I am still not complaining, lol!) I love the sea foam sea glass spray on them – you just can’t get brown bottles to look like this.
So, on I work ~ may as well take advantage of the hellish weather and get some stuff done!