5.22.2012

bare bones.


Well, that was effective! It seems when you invite everyone you know + a bunch of blog readers to come raid your house, they really take it seriously and do quick work. This box is all that's left: a mismash of leftover craft supplies, a few dishes, books and pieces of clothing. :)

I'm strangely proud of myself for vaporizing most everything I own. Without getting too personal about others, the problem of keeping too many "things" runs in my family. I grew up in it, saw it in my extended family, too, and carried it out in this smaller vintage-decor-niche way. Perhaps it's just a problem with our society, too. I was always on the hunt for more "things". New dishes. New wall hangings. New clothes. In my years of battling depression, I turned to things to bring me that moment of joy I couldn't experience otherwise. But too many "things" is just noise. You can't appreciate the items and space you actually love. And let's face it: things don't bring you happiness.

I'm fully aware of that now.

This morning I woke up in my mostly-empty house, and I can't say I was any less joyful than the days that came before, when my place was decked with cute vintage-style furniture and accessories. Today, my entire "keep pile" is now confined to the bedroom, and most of it could fit in my closet. I held onto a few furniture pieces that my parents will use, enough clothes to get by with, sentimental items like plane tickets to Paris or Ireland and my crafting supplies. Oh, and I kept this crazy  white ceramic umbrella holder which I use to hold rolls of wrapping paper.

Cause some things you'll just never trip across again, especially when you snagged them for $5. :)

But, as a girl who loves her things, I'm gasping that I'm about to say this...it feels good to be bare bones.

23 comments:

  1. you always have such a great attitude. this cleansing of sorts will allow you to start again - this time in a new place - and slowly acquire things that have personal value to you. i'm sure it's sad, but it must also feel great to have a fresh start!

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  2. good for you! I have learned that lesson too. Less really is more. I grew up with a Mom that collected stuff...hated that. I don't like being surrounded by clutter...it makes me itchy!!! LOL

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  3. i'm glad that purging your stuff went so well and that you feel good about it. as claire said, it must feel wonderful to have a fresh start! and this means you're that much closer to living with your husband again :)

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  4. good for you bethany!! It's so easy to get caught up with getting new "things" and adding them to our vast amount of things we have already. Glad to hear that your give away was successful and you find yourself just as happy as you were before :) have a great tuesday!!!

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  5. I know what you been Bethany it does feel good to clear some of your stuff ... it's like a breath of fresh air and no items do not bring you happiness ... I am trying to reduce the amount we have but it is so hard ...

    good luck on your new adventure. Please let me know if you ever make it to London !

    Chrissi x

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  6. I am so impressed! I am slowly clearing out my possessions only because I am just getting overwhelmed with how much I own.... but I could really take a cue from you! you should be so proud of yourself!

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  7. So happy your plan worked out! I only wish I lived closer and could have taken part.

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  8. Wow Bethany, even your photo of a box for Goodwill looks great :)
    I am in the process of another move and I definitely feel like I have too much stuff. My Goodwill/give to my little brothers pile is growing quickly and it feels good!

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  9. Oh Bethany, I can so relate to you! When I moved from Switzerland to NY I did the exact same thing: I hosted a huge party (I called it the 'post-it party') where people could raid my closet, kitchen and put post-its with their names on all the things they wanted. We also drank all the leftover alcohol ;-)
    By the end of the evening everything was gone and it felt so so good!
    (Granted, now that I'm in NY for almost 3 years, I've started to collect a few things again from the flea market...but that's fun too!)
    All the best for Kuwait, can't wait to follow your adventure :-)
    xx

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  10. beautiful girl, i am so proud of you! i SO wish i could have come and raid your pretty things ;) but more so so that i could say CHEERS to being bare bones and following your heart and husband and starting this new life together. How exciting! <3 how romantic.

    and i'm glad i will be here to read all about your journey. also, if you need something stateside, i'm your girl! ;) you know i love a good care package. xo

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  11. When I left for Germany all I took was one suitcase. I sold everything and it was the best, most freeing experience. I am sure you will find lots of new treasures as you start this brand new chapter of life. How exciting!!!

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  12. Congratulations! I can't imagine all that you're going through getting ready for this move - but you're so right about all of this. xo! eliza

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  13. I've got you in my blog reader, but rarely comment. Today when you wrote "... too many "things" is just noise. You can't appreciate the items and space you actually love," it really met me where I am. Its awesome when you find others who put your feelings into words.

    Best of luck on your adventures and I can't wait to see what is in store for you and your husband.

    Kylie

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  14. Good work, Bethany! I got rid of most of my belongings last year when I moved across the country. It is so refreshing! Good luck with everything!

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  15. That's awesome that you gave so much stuff away! You are so brave to take on this move! :) Best of Luck!!!

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  16. Just found your blog through "Something Charming" and I LOVE IT. I find the fact that you got rid of most of your things so refreshing. (I'm pretty jealous actually.) I'm not moving, BUT I now have a desire to seriously unload and declutter my life. Thanks for the inspiration and I can't wait to follow you on your adventure to Kuwait!

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  17. Just found your blog and loved reading through your stories from Ireland and how you met your husband, so lovely!

    Laura xo

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  18. Bethany,
    I think you're amazing. I've probably told you that already, but I'm telling you again.
    Enjoy your last days in Eau Claire!
    xoxo

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  19. I just found you through Something Charming. Your story is incredible and I'm excited to be following along now. I'm your newest follower! Best wishes and good luck on the big move!

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  20. I found your blog through a link on instagram. Although, I have no idea how I found you on instagram. But I immediately feel into a crush with your blurbs and stories. And though I was debating on sharing this, because really, there's no way of saying it without sounding Internet stalker lady crazy. But I'm gonna. I just read backwards through almost all your post. At first it was because I was just super curious about your romance story. It's so fantastically fairy tailed!! I absolutely adore it. But, I quickly got suckered in and just kept going. I almost wish some producer caught wind of this and turned it into a movie. Your life rocks! Good luck on your moving and a very belated congrats on your marriage.

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  21. Wow. I'm really impressed and gotta say I admire you! Even though I'm trying to get rid of stuff I don't really need, I could never part with pretty much everything I own like you just did! I want to live with less, but I think I need to take it slower :D

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  22. you have earned my complete respect for being able to do this! i always have such a hard time cleaning out everything; i couldn't imagine giving people free reign over it all. it is easier giving things to people that i know will love them (perks of dorm living), but i could definitely learn from you.

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  23. Oh Bethany you always have food for thought on your posts. I need to sit back and think about what I have instead of always wishing for more. I still say it was a really lovely thing to give your items away :)

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