As someone who is really hoping to relocate in the not too distant future, I've already begun walking through rooms physically and mentally to ask myself what I can and can't bear to part with.
If you're moving to smaller digs, this is something you must do. It may seem painful, but it's best to look at it in a positive manner and just get it done.
There are some things I'm really partial to. One is my red cupboard. You know me and red! I would probably take one of my dining tables and not both. I will probably sell the black sideboard and black shelves.
I like them a lot, but in the big scheme of things, I look at what I don't like about things so I can make the decision easier. The fact is, black furniture shows dust really bad, and that drives me nuts.
I would probably try to find a place with a stove and fridge, so I wouldn't have to move those two big pieces. I am not sure about the kitchen coffee bar. Because I'm really attached to the potting bench one in the dining room.
I would really pare down my dishes and such. I do not need all those dishes. I need to seriously scale down. I thought I did all this when I left Texas, but now I must be more discerning than I thought I was being then. I would take less than half of what I have.
Though dishes are nice to have, there's no reason to keep hauling them around for one person. I simply don't need them.
Now to the living room. I would keep my indoor/outdoor wicker chairs. Because they can always go outdoors if need be. You have to look at things in a practical fashion.
The couch I'm not sure about. And I would sell this big heavy recliner I'm now sitting in. I would just get another chair whenever I could.
The dogs have a terrible time jumping up into it, and I'm afraid they'll get hurt. Plus, it's very heavy. Remember you have to pay someone to move you unless you have family that would offer.
I'm not sure about the blue secretary. Would depend on how much room I had. I so love my red bench, round red side table, and red plant stand. They were bought from an antique mall in Tyler, and made by the same individual. Thus the color shade of red is all the same.
I've always loved my sewing machine tables. Plus they're on wheels, and you can take them into any room for about any use. So I have two of those, and they would probably go with me.
The set of brown bookcases in the living room. Those I would take. It would have to be them or the black ones, and the brown ones have three pieces. Two tall ones and one short one in between. I will not part with all my books!
Speaking of books, I would have to go through and purge. I have a lot of books sent to me as galleys from a publishing company that I haven't gotten around to reading, so I want those. And of course most of my decorating and gardening books. Reference books are always important.
Not getting rid of these, my favorite poets!
The bedroom. I would probably take my white bed and white dresser. It took me over two years to find a dresser. And though it's just a rather cheap one from Wayfair, it gets the job done.
The black bookcase with my bedroom TV on it would probably go. And the red sideboard I would probably take, since I'd likely be leaving the black one that is bigger.
Now to the last room, the office/craft room. I probably would not take the large black desk. Not sure on that one. I just need a surface for my desk top computer and printer. But I might use the longest sewing machine table, which is in that room now.
Actually I would probably not take most of what is in there. I have to do some serious purging of things I just keep moving around. I have three sewing machines, and I haven't been able to sew with them due to my ankle.
Two are featherweights, a black one and a white one. The other is kind of dear to me because it belonged to a friend that is now gone.
Speaking of sewing, I need to scale my fabric way down again. As well as my craft products.
You have to thing of such things as towels. How many towels do you need? If it's just one person and two dogs, I probably need about six towels. I have quite a few dish towels. I would scale those down too.
How many sets of sheets do you need? Depends on how many people in your family. I figure I need about three sets and that's it. I do have some pillow cases I'm fond of I have found on eBay over the years, so I would have to deep think that one.
My collections and decorative pretties. I am very partial to my white pitchers, so most of those would go. Things get broken, so you really need to think hard about moving breakable items.
I love my little collection of wash boards, so those would probably go.
I would probably sell most of my Jim Shore collection, and just keep a couple of special pieces.
My plants clean the air. So the ones that are still healthy and looking good would go with me if at all possible.
I would have to get out all my many lamps and pillows and make myself give at least half away. I think... Don't quote me on that one!
On my washer and dryer it would depend on what I had where I was going.
What would I do with the things I'm not taking? Probably have an indoor sale. I'm not dragging all this stuff out of here. Then they could do the moving.
It all depends on the room you're going to be having on what you absolutely must part with. But I didn't have a bad ankle when I moved here, so I would have to be even more practical. I sold a lot of things before I moved. But I would have to sell even more.
In terms of the outdoor chairs, etc., again all depends on what kind of space I would have.
You have to take your holiday decorations into consideration too. I would probably pare a lot of that down. By about half.
When you look at all your little pretties, ask yourself how tired you are of dusting them. I have tea cups and saucers that are indeed pretty, but I don't need them. Same with egg cups.
Ask yourself if you're over collecting some things. And that makes the decision easier. Our tastes change over time.
My quilts I've made: always going with me.
Really think about what you need and what you'll have room for. Big pieces are the hardest to move. So give that a lot of thought.
I remember it took me weeks to pack boxes of things, and I had a neighbor helping me much of the time. Thanks Liane! But I don't want to even think about that many boxes next time around. It was exhausting.
It all comes down to who is going to move you and how much it is going to cost. If that isn't a problem for you, then take all you want.
We become attached to things. But remember, they are just things. They aren't my precious pupsters.
(There's much less of her fur now!)
Sweet, sweet Charlie Ross
And last but not least, bloggers and readers helped me plant a garden here. If it is in manageable weather, I would be plucking out much of those plants that are dear to me.
And they're dear to me because of who gave them to me. A really selfless generous thing on the part of so many people who knew how much a garden meant to me.
These plants came to my door step via Fed Ex, etc. in big boxes wrapped in wet newspaper and with not much dirt on them. They are perennials.
So I would do the same. I would shake off much of the dirt and wrap them. I think every single outdoor plant that was sent to me made it through the winters of 2011, 2012, and 2013. And now 2014. So they're hardy.
Do you have any other suggestions to add to this long list of things to do?