Sometimes we, as resellers or collectors, buy things that are wrong. We sorta like them. But not a whole bunch. We store the item. We put it in a rubbermaid or on a shelf. Not having much interest in listing it or pricing it or loving it and so it just sits. Mocking us a bit every time we walk past it or come across it while going through things.
It's OK. These things happen. You might have been having a weird day while out thrifting and all of a sudden desired shabby, chippy when you are more of a sleek, streamlined sort of collector.
One of my favorite relaxing things I love to do at some point over each weekend is to head down to the basement and take a look around. I usually bring a cup of coffee and sift through things. Moving inventory around...thinking about things I want to make at some point...sometimes daydreaming...and these days decluttering to make more space in my personal area.
After looking at some of these purchases I have made, seemingly bought on a whim, that sit and sit and sit on the shelf, I make a decision. Instead of berating my thrift karma, or thinking that I might fall in love with it someday, I have been bagging it up to donate.
You see, I want to only sell things that I love. Be surrounded by things I love. I want to feel a pang when I am packaging up an item that sold on Etsy and wonder why I didn't keep it because I love it. I want to send that love on to the person who is on the receiving end, that THEY will love it and it will fill a place in their lives until it gets passed on again.
Hubby was downstairs with me while I was taking a good hard look at everything and was moved to take a good hard look at some of the stuff we have been storing. Cheering the other one on, we filled a few boxes and bags, loaded up the SUV and I took a fair amount of things to Goodwill this morning.
LOVE that feeling!
In all the years I have been decluttering, there are two books that I keep coming back to that help that urge to remove things that just aren't working in our lives:
Clear Your Clutter
And a newer book of inspiration, The Joy Of Less
It feels like this acquiring/decluttering thing is something that I will forever be working on, but each time I do it, I feel like I am getting closer to how I want to live.