The Crazy Suburban Mom: Parting is such sweet sorrow...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

I've done a lot of decluttering lately and have made many hard decisions about what to toss.  Every few months one of several non-profit organizations calls to say they will be in the area on such and such date, Will I have anything?

I always say yes and worry about what later.  This morning I donated to the Lupus Foundation, last month the United War Veteran's Council.  There was so much in that donation that it spilled off my porch and onto the lawn.

Over the last few months I really took stock in what I have accumulated and if I wasn't going to use the things, they have to go.   It's sent me scrambling to use everything, even in unconventional ways.

I use thrifted vintage #kitchenware in my bathroom as containers.  Pink #pyrex pink #depressionglass. #glas-bake

Since my bathroom is pink I'm using pink kitchenware (Pyrex, depression glass, etc.) as containers for bathroomy things like q-tips, cotton balls...

I found four #melmac #boontonware cups & saucers for  88 cents a piece. The now live on my bathroom window

A recent find was four cups and saucers; Bootonware melmac to be specific.  They were in very decent shape but they scratch easily so I didn't want to put them into kitchen service.  I put them on my window sill and I love the ballet slipper pink symmetry.  


I love this hand done table cloth.  Problem is it's card table size and I was having a very hard time with this.  Besides being too small for my table, it's just to beautiful to stain.  I have a small chest by the door that holds my craft items but really the table just gets mail dumped on it.  I put this on the mail table and it's looks great right near the front door.

Speaking of tables... 

Freecycled midcentry modern table and chairs

This is probably my favorite freecycle find. I got the table from a different place then the chairs..

danish modern chair

Which are equally amazing!


I got a lot of vintage kitchen cloths from one sale, and I use them.  They don't look as good as when I got then but they are great to use.

Royal China Star Glow

I found this dinner ware about  a year ago, service for 12 Royal China Star Glow, but they wanted about $250 and I just wasn't going there.  About six months ago they were still there and I offered them a hundred dollars (still over-priced but I really wanted them) and they accepted.  I use them every day.

A month ago I found the matching gravy boat for about $2.  

Painted thrifted items painted ( #marthastewart paint in ballet slipper and sea glass ) now hold vitamins and bangles

I have a lot of stuff around waiting to be made into something else and I got the lead out this week. I turned some ugly mug trees and a wood box into bangle  and vitamin holders with some paint.

Other things I use (and try not to flinch about wrecking ) are my pink metal hamper...

Pink metal hamper!  whoo-hooo!

Her name's Joan...

Aqua Pyrex and Blue Heaven Thrifting Karma

And my pyrex and Blue Heaven.  I just take a deep breath and use it all.

Here's my great big sewing box (My 75 pound dog is practically laying under it - That's how big it is...)

huge sewing kit

My office supplies live there.

Now the Squiggle Ware is a different story.

squiggle ware pots

 I'm not using this.

I can't bring myself to use it so I keep it in a hutch as a 'design element' (at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it).   I would be ill if I wrecked it and I doubt I'll ever find it again.

Over all, I'd say my  wish to use it or lose it has motivated me to take stock in what I love and what's important to keep.  There are things I regret getting rid of but I'll know better next time to think first and get rid of only after some reflection.

And to only buy things I really, really love because that  will save me the pain of parting with things I  don't adore but really, really like. 

Parting with stuff that make's me smile is still a sticky subject for me.


Lin 7/17/12, 6:50 PM  

You are so funny collecting all that stuff! So you collect it and then you part with it after awhile?

lee 7/20/12, 1:03 PM  

i have a similar pink hamper. i was at the junk yard dropping off stuff and i literally stopped the dude from dumping it in the abyss. it's just like the once my great-grandmother had, i use it to store blankets in my closet.

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