Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Is It Possible?

How can one single person have so much stuff? And why didn't I take pictures of it all in boxes before I began unpacking? You would have been impressed with the large amounts of stuff one person can accumulate in 28 years - no husband, no kids, just me and my stuff. I have done a pretty good job of getting rid of things I don't need and trying to pare down my definition of "need."

For example, I have approximately 30 to-go coffee mugs. That's not even a joke. Plus 3 at work. Now, I have not had a working coffee pot for months, so now that we got 2 for the wedding (woo-hoo! - now I have to pick which one to keep), I will be able to make coffee at home and take it with me. But still...30 mugs? I just keep buying them when they're on clearance or just look super cute, and I never realized just how many I had. Now, the pack rat mentality goes hand-in-hand with my thoroughly sentimental nature - "I can't get rid of THAT mug; I bought it when I was with Christy!" "I can't throw that one away - it's from the Speed the Light Banquet!" And this is simply one small example of my inability to discard anything.

Well, I am quickly deciding that I can't keep all these things, so I have a rapidly-growing box of perfectly fine mugs, cups, etc. but things that will not fit in my kitchen or are simply not needed. Matt wants to do a garage sale, but when I decide to get rid of something, I want it OUT OF MY HOUSE!! I don't want to keep a box for months until we can arrange a garage sale. I want it GONE - given away or taken to Trinkets and Togs. So we'll see if he can convince me to keep it around or not.

Other than that, I'm doing my best to set up the kitchen and have started working on my closet as well. I will be SO excited to put all the bathroom stuff away one of these days; that's one of my favorite tasks when moving. I LOVE having the bathroom with all the clean towels put away, 10 bottles of shower gel neatly lined up in a row, multiple bottles of lotion from which to choose, easy to find and within arm's will be a wonderful day. Matt and Vern are doing a great job - they laid 2/3 of the sub-floor last night. On to the shower!! I'm very proud of him, by the way. We both thought remodeling the bathroom wouldn't be nearly as daunting as it has turned out to be, but he's read and learned lots on everything from plumbing to sub-floors to lighting...he is doing a very thorough job, and I'm impressed with all he has learned even if I understand very little of it. I can't wait to see the progression over the next few weeks!! There will definitely be pictures of our finished bathroom. We may even turn on the heated floors and sleep there to celebrate.


Heth said...

Heated bathroom floors? Seriously? That rules. Can I come shower at your house every morning?

I'm glad you are getting all settled. And as for the mugs, I'll give you a couple of bucks for a couple of mugs. I was just telling Nate the other day that I could use a good travel mug. Bring 'em to church tonight, I'll take them off of your hands. :)

EmilyRoseJewel said...

Just stumbled onto your blog. I think we had at least that many before I got rid of some and now we are down to 17. My husband is a big time coffee person and we had his mugs plus the ones that came with two sets of everyday plates. Be Blessed!

Adonai Jedi said...

Your're cute.

meLanie said...

it think your pretty cute too! what is with the heated floors?? how awesome is that??? i think it's worth the wait!!
when we moved in all we had was this little tiny water heater, so even though we had a shower, they were pretty cold, never forget all that we went through and learned together!! prepare us for mexico someday eh? hope that it's starting to feel like home!

RANDI said...

I will bet that this is a fun time for both of you! Making a home together is a wonderful thing.

Best of luck to your hubby on doing the bathroom--you will have to post some pics when he is done!

hannahjoy said...

The heated floors sound awesome... I want to come over when I'm back in town next weekend and check out the place!!

Natalie Joy said...

It will come, it will come. You have been quite a trooper. I know how hard this is for you.

T said...

you think YOU have stuff now ??? wait a few years.. hehe

Amy said...

I'm glad that I'm not the only pack rat! :-)

And I'm jealous of your heated floor!

Have a wonderful day..