Day 364 – What’s Left

21 Feb

Someone had the great idea that I show some of the stuff that made it past my year o’ decluttering. That Jen Hoff, she’s full of great ideas. Anyway, I really liked that idea so today, this second-to-last day of my project, I will not be showing you my cast-offs but rather what made it through. And, well, I guess I have to show you at least one cast-off.

I hope that you’ll see from what’s left, that  I am not, in fact, a heartless shrew that throws everything of meaning out the door. Quite the opposite, now my most precious things shine through.

My stuff

The first thing anyone does when they come in my house is show love to the bird. People love this bird. I’ve had to remove it from purses walking out the door. I kid, sort of.

The Bird Back

I know this bench has shown up in a post or two, but did you know it can be a table too. I love my bench.  I do.

The next few things are pictures on my walls. They really reflect my likes and style and they don’t take up any space, so they all stay. Win. Win.

Some one made this picture for my dad in the 60’s. It is different from everything else I have, none the less, I love it.

Shells of North America Print.

I don’t think this was meant to be art. I think it is a science room chart, but I loved it and it hangs in my house.

I love this print.

This is a portion of a painting made for us on our honeymoon in Key West, Fl. . It spells out our last name.

This is entitled Alice in Wonderland and it is hanging in one of Norfolk’s Local Museums, The Hermitage. It sits on a bookshelf, but it’s worth it to take up the space.

Elliot made me this, and yeah, I know, it’s awesome.

This heart shaped pot was an impulse buy, so I don’t know if I’d make it again, but I do like it. I like the idea of  stirring my kids  food in it.

These sand castles sit on a shelf in my bathroom. I don’t believe I have ever added pictures from my bathroom. It’s not a very cluttered room. The one on the right is a party favor from Zoe’s first birthday.

Isn’t she cute? Someone breaks her about every 3 months. She is awaiting her latest glueing.

I like the sound of this fountain in my room. People love to open and close this fan, over and over absent-mindedly.  I think I am the only one who notices. It’s kind of funny.

My jewelry box

That photo of a palm tree is special too. I took it on my honeymoon on the beach we went to everyday. If you ask Scott, he’ll tell you he took it. I have a vivid memory of taking this, even so, he’s probably right, but don’t tell him I said so.

I will always need a phone attached to a cord, attached to a wall. I lose things and let them run out of juice. If I didn’t have this, I’d never answer my phone. I still mostly don’t. I try.

At the beginning of this project this chair was buried under a pile of boxes in my garage. There was no room for it in the house.

The top two shelves in my china closet hold all kinds of treasures from my family’s milestones and vacations. It’s fun to look at. Some of the stuff up there was in boxes when this year started.

Scott just brought this home one afternoon and said, ” I just saw this and thought you’d like it”  I know, right? Hand’s off ladies! He’s mine.

This hangs on my front door eleven months a year. Yup, I have a hot pink front door.

Scott thinks this deserves to be added because it has served us several times a day for the last 12 years. That is pretty awesome. I bought it for $6.00 at a Roses going out of business sale.

It has been suggested to me that I am nuts for holding on to three giant yoga balls in this tiny house, but my kids love to bounce on them and I love my kids.

I’ll stop there. I could go on all night. It’s kind of fun to talk about the stuff that made it through.

I do have to mention one though that didn’t.

I don’t really understand the bottle stopper as a product, since, you know, corks ARE bottle stoppers. I have never used this. Maybe someone else will.

O.K. That leaves…lets see… how many days? Oh yeah, ONE!

See you tomorrow.


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6 Responses to “Day 364 – What’s Left”

  1. Anne @ Domesblissity February 22, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    And here I was thinking you lived in a cold, barren, sparce house. (Just kidding. I love all your stuff.) In fact, I loved most of the stuff you through out too! I need to go to your thrift store. (No I don’t. No I don’t!)

    Anne xx
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  2. Leena February 22, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Wow one day. Anything special or big to cast?
    Love the stories of the things you’ve kept.
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  3. Danielle February 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Love that bird!

    Wow, what a milestone. Thanks for the walk around your house to show us the treasures.
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  4. Elizabeth@ReadySetSimplify February 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Thanks for the tour! I really enjoyed it. I can’t believe there’s just one more day! Time flies, eh?
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  5. Orlando February 23, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I like the painting made during your honeymoon. It’s very simple yet it is so cute.
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  6. Jenn Hoff February 25, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    WOOO-HOO!!!! 🙂 Seriously you don’t know how excited I was to see my name in lights on your blog. 🙂 That was fun to see what you have left! Thank you!!! *leaves quickly with bird in purse*