This month, I want to share one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make thus far – cleaning out the “clutter” that has filled our home. By clutter, I don’t mean just the pile of quilting scraps stacked on a shelf next to my sewing machine. I don’t mean just the mountain of half used sheets of colored paper that I use with my scrapbooking projects. I also don’t mean just the shelves of handmade clay figures I’ve received over the years from The Kid. No. Those items would be far too easy to target alone.
One of the items I had to take a hard look at is my collection of more than 150 Barbie Dolls. All are in their original boxes, unopened and sitting in Rubbermaid tubs in the corner of my craft room. I don’t look at them or display them because I fear damaging the boxes, which would drop their value tremendously. I had originally thought to pass them onto a daughter or even a granddaughter (I only had the one boy), but they take up a LOT of space. With the home downsize, that space is going to be limited.
My husband inherited an old amber glass lamp from a great aunt after she passed away. To be perfectly honest, it matches NOTHING in our house and we fear breaking it every time we move (and we do move more than the average family). He also has a fairly large shop back in Wyoming that was too full of “his crap” to move when we headed southeast eight years ago.