“When in doubt, throw it out.” ~Rachel Valentine
Getting ready to move out of house you have lived in for twelve years is no small task. This week my sister Carol, niece Rachel, Rachel’s son Owen and friend are visiting from Ohio. The first floor guest room occupied by the the boys is cleared out except for the bed, bookshelves and packed boxes. Against one wall are 4 brand new rolled up rugs, waiting to be placed in our new house. Under the bed there are some sample window treatments that I need to pull out, measure and sell for a very good price. If you need any, let me know.
Our first floor decluttering is complete. Our second floor contains two bedrooms, a bath and the unconditioned attic eaves. One of the guestrooms doubles as our grandchildren’s playroom. There is a kid size kitchen with sink, stove and refrigerator which will move to the new house. Until Ella grows out of it, we will keep it and then it may go live at Brielle Dees’ home. In the corner is a rocking horse. Take or leave? Baby monitor….my sister jokingly suggests maybe I should take it in the event Randy wants to summon me from the TZ to bring him a beer. That’s not going to happen. The baby monitor goes into the donate box.
I get stuck on the sentimental items, Willow Tree figurines given to me as gifts, a huge conch shell collected from the bottom of the ocean by Randy while we were scuba diving off of key west, random ceramic items made by our kids in school (elementary through college.) Although our kids were extremely artistically inclined (as any mother would admit,) only our oldest has made her career as a professional artist, but still I choose ‘keep.’ Fuzzy Wuzzy….you know, the 60” Costco stuffed bear….they all replied, Fuzzy moves to the new house. (He takes up a lot of space, hehehehe.) Jack instructs me that Fuzzy Wuzzy is part of the family and he needs to go with me wherever I live.
Randy and I met with Ed Baker, the closet guy this morning. Single hang, double hang, shelves, drawers, robe hooks. Creating the perfect organization in your closet should be designed for the clothing you have. I worked for the Closet Factory in a previous lifetime and I understand the most effective way to store clothing.
When we first moved to Kure Beach in 2005, I brought all my clothing from Ohio, hot weather, cold weather, casual and professional. I had won a wardrobe workout from Wilma Magazine that first year. Heather Claus and my neighbor Eugenie came to our house and helped me empty my closet. All my clothes were pulled out. I made three piles – 1) give away, 2) keep, 3) not sure. Pile 1 went into bags to be donated. Everything in pile 2 and 3 had to be tried on. If it was dated, it went into pile 1. If it did not fit me THAT DAY, it went into pile 1. If it was not a flattering color or style for my body type, it went in pile 1. Randy was a little nervous when he saw 95% of my clothes heading out the door because he knew that meant newer ones would be coming in. Heather also separated jackets from matching skirts, suggesting wearing the jackets with jeans. That was painful. Time again for a wardrobe workout BEFORE the move.
I’m working it. I’m feeling the pain. However, I do know the freedom of minimal living. Rachel has my back. “When in doubt, throw it out!” she whispers in my ear. xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.