31 July 2011


Thanks for the book recommendations!  My friends in DC took pity on me and passed along some of the books they had, but I've added your recommendations to my Paperback Swap wishlist!

I know I’ve mentioned that my possessions are in storage this summer, but I think I’ve spared you from long-winded complaints about the process of moving out of my apartment. I will continue to spare you, but suffice to say that place was like Mary Poppins’s purse gone wrong...I couldn’t believe how long it took to pack up my stuff.

The good news is, there will be a lot less to unpack. Because about a third of my things (yes, truly, a third) were sold or donated instead of being moved and stored.  I only packed things that I found truly beautiful or useful and then rest went bye-bye--clothes, kitchen stuff, books, everything.

I even went through every piece of paper, putting them into four piles: keep, recycle, shred, and burn.
The “burn” box contained old drafts of my dissertation, which I no longer need, but felt I needed to let go of in some sort of ceremony; burning them on Grandma’s farm was an awesome release.

I found the process of editing down my furniture and decorative things the most interesting, it really clarified what it is that I like and want to have in my house. As opposed to what I like, but don’t want/need in my house.

When it came to decorative things, I was especially brutal in my cutbacks. Because I love going to thrift stores while travelling and I wanted to be armed with a well-honed aesthetic. When I first fell in love with milk glass, I bought milk glass stuff whenever I was it at the thrift stores, now I am way picky about the designs and cleanliness of the items, and won't buy things that are priced too highly; so I end up passing over most of what I see.

I also have a color scheme picked out for my new place., based on this picture from the Garnet Hill catalog:
This helps in my purchasing.  These are, by the way, basically the colors I already have going with my stuff, especially my favorites!

I’ve been lucky in thrift stores so far on my trip, most things got packed into my car without being photographed, but here are some early favorites.

steel drawers with case and feet $2.99

Shower Curtain $1.99

Pyrex bowl $2.99
 (my parent’s one-eyed dog PRICELESS)


  1. I love your new decorating theme! We're doing something really similar at our house :)

  2. Cleaning out feels real good! Best of luck to you! Those colors are feel very restful.

  3. Good on you for releasing. Feels so good doesn't it?

  4. Most people (including me) need to move every 5 years just to go through their stuff and throw out what they don't use! Of course, who really wants to do that.

  5. I love a good cleanse. Good luck with the move and getting settled back in!

  6. love this post rossie. I'm a huge fan of getting rid of things (to my mom's dismay!). I love your color scheme and your awesome finds. :)

  7. I know you're an Ann Arborite and so am I. I think we're pretty spoiled with our thrifting options around here. I can get most of what I want second-hand and I love it. I enjoy the blog.


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