Monday, January 4, 2010

To Toss or not to Toss?

This is the time of year I begin to go through my stuff...boxes of materials, decor items I tossed into the empty Christmas bins, closets, clothing, etc. And I ask myself....Will I use this item again?

Well this year, while decorating the house, I rummaged through several Christmas boxes, looking for specific items, only to realize that they were tossed (or donated) a year or two ago. I am kicking myself over this.... Then again, storage in my home is not unlimited (no basements...we hit water here!)...and MacDaddy needs to have a bit of space, too.

How long do you keep your "stuff"?

made from used sailsCheck out Maya's New Year's giveaway... Really cool things made from old sails!

After seeing these pillows etc, I am kicking myself for not keeping our old, worn-out sails. That will teach me from tossing things out! Click on the link below...


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Isn't that the way it always goes? I do this, too! It never fails that I need something once I've disposed of it. LOL!


Sheila :-)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh you are so right!! a couple of years ago i gave away well everything.. went nuts.. and i am a horder usually keep everything... well do you think i could find the vintage christmas decor this year???? nope!!

Big decision... i need to clean out again... but will try and through out with a bit more discretion... have fun with it!! xx Julie

One Shabby Old House said...

Jane are you saying I should keep all my stuff?
I will tell hubby that I have your permission! lol

Shellbelle said...

I heard that new show about hoarders is looking for me. I am sincerely trying to get rid of some of my stuff. I've been working on this for the last year, but it seems every time I get rid of one thing, two more show up. I am determined though! I'm moving to Georgia in the Spring and I don't want to take everything with me. The problem is I'll have something sitting around for a few years and then one day — ta da — I found a use for it. What's a gal to do? Help me!

Deanna said...

Hi there!
I have a habit of wanting to keep so much that it's really difficult to turn loose of all the extra stuff.
I hope to go through a bunch of things through out this year.
Always something to do so I shouldn't get bored.
Have a sweet day and God Bless,

Bama Belle said...

I do that all the time! I am terrible about giving things away and then needing or wishing I had them 6 months later. This is the choice unfortunately. I cannot wait to see all of the things you are up to! I hope you will share soon. Happy New Year friend

Moore Minutes said...

I did that this year too and was very disappointed! Last Summer we had a big yard sale and I sold a lot of holiday decor....this December I was regretting it. It is so hard to know when to throw it and when to keep it. Wow. I guess it just shows how truly BLESSED we are to have these sorts of worries!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I plan to toss all the decorations I've used in the past, hmmm, five, six years, except for the trees, and start fresh next Christmas.

Thanks so much Jane for posting the giveaway button!!!!!

jmac said...

Andrew Wyeth?? No way?? You've met him?? Honestly, I love, love, love his words!! So cool that you've met him!!

and the sails? I'm on my way over there right now.....oh we ever have sails lying around!!
I threw away too this yr....hope it doesn't come to bite me in the ass!! hahaha.

Deanna said...

Thx Jane for visiting my blog!!!
Good to hear from you.

God Bless you real good,
d from homehaven

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

I can really relate to the 'toss or keep' issue - I tend to be a bit of a pack-rat, so I always feel great when I toss things, but inevitably later I need them again . . . good luck with the holiday clean-out!