If you don’t love it, leave it. That’s the name of the game this week. On Monday, we will be handed the keys to our new house. Done deal. We’ll begin the process of moving on…
It’s a very surreal feeling. I’ve been going through the process of packing and decluttering but it’s almost as though I’m just watching myself and not really in the moment. And I hate packing. Between the ages of 18 and 25, the years between moving out of my parents’ house and when I got married, I moved at least 11 times.
In moving that many times, you’d think that I might become pretty good at it. I might even have it down to a science. However, that’s not the case. Every time I moved there were always boxes that remained unpacked – which was definitely nice for the next move – but obviously they were unnecessary items. There are still boxes in my basement that I’ve never unpacked and we’ve lived here for 6 years.
So this time around I’m trying to do things a little differently. My motto, if you don’t love it, leave it. I no longer have a desire to be surrounded with things that I don’t love. I don’t want to hold onto things that “maybe I’ll wear someday” or “I might find a use for down the road”. I have a deep desire to simplify and create a space that’s homey and useful. That’s not to say that I won’t live in a highly decorated, aesthetically pleasing place, but I’m just changing my approach.
I have a tendency to hold onto things. Sometimes for sentimental reasons and other times for no real reason at all. Why do we as humans have such an attachment to our “stuff”? Worldly treasures, they mean nothing in the long run.
As I’m going through and deciding what to keep and what gets tossed in the box labeled “good stuff that I don’t want to keep”, it’s like a trip down memory lane. And I only want to keep the good memories. I want things that make me smile. Those are the only things that I want to be attached to.
Speaking of things that make me smile, the picture above is for nostalgia’s sake from Willa June’s newborn session with Hetler Photography. She turns one next week, March 12th. And Gretta, still loves being a big sister and her books.0