First words to the theme song from the movie Love Story. That’s nice and all, but really where do I, or should I say “we” begin. After moving the seasonal items and the larger furniture pieces, now what? I looked around the kitchen and thought well I still need my dishes and we need to get new cupboards in the apartment so I’ll wait on this area… The laundry room? Yes, there are storage cupboards, and I’m not taking the washing machine or dryer… yes, I could empty cupboards…. But how about….
And the wandering about the house continued and basically I accomplished very little. Is there a GPS or some sort of direction in this downsizing. Maybe I should “google it” or maybe I should just start somewhere. So I did…I took pictures off the wall, and though this should be easy… started thinking about wall space. What pictures will fit and where? Remember… only 5 rooms. I am not ready to part with any of our family photos so I will take them all and then decide as I go along. But how about paintings and other décor? I have pictures and decorative art in almost every room. Maybe I’ll sell at the garage sale or maybe I can store… but there just isn’t any room. The process is not easy. My husband’s advice is to get a dumpster. That fell on deaf ears… something you learn after all those years of marriage.
Here is a true example… I had a nice set of square votive holders- 5 to be exact. They all read of a positive message, namely “joy, hope,love, peace, and faith”. My intention is to fill our new space with positive intention and energy so I thought maybe I should keep them… 5 votives…5 rooms… a nice message, one in each room. Really all this thought over these small items… voice in my head said “sell” you have a lot more stuff to go through. And I did. SOLD-Virtual garage sale!
Speaking of the virtual garage sale, it has been a wonderful tool in selling some of my larger items, like a butcher block, a bench, chairs, and a bunch of other items. I hope that as I share this experience, it helps others who are thinking about or trying to downsize or just clear stuff out. I recommend virtual sites, craigslist, or a personal garage sale… all great tools. Speaking of online tools… someone called about the house listing and made an offer…. And by the way, the “for sale” sign was never used. We will be taking that back to Home Depot … fingers crossed that the offer goes through.
So…what’s next? Stay tuned … the ride continues… ( yes, still in the Sebring – with some help from the work van).