In my list of 101 tasks to perform in 1001 days, number 89 is to get rid of 5 big items:
- Old sewing machine and ironing board
- Old books
- Foosball table
- Doll house.
The trouble is that I am ambivalent about some of the items. We’ve already given away part of the kitchen cabinets — the old, all-wood ones from our former kitchen.
Word has it that the recipient has made a good installation of them in his own home. That’s what we like to hear.
I also have my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine bought in the 1950s. I need to check if it still works. Last time I had it open (which was decades ago) it worked well. I have just seen Diane’s (In My Own Style) trick for hiding her similar sewing machine in plain sight.
I’m either going to find a place for this machine (I have my own machine) in our house or will donate it. Since this is a well made industrial machine I will try to find a theatre costume shop that would like to have it. Win-win.
Every time I look up in the attic I see boxes of old books that I am just hanging onto for sentimental reasons.
After we get our bedroom set up with bookshelves along one wall. I’m going to revisit the books I want to keep and part with the others. We have lots of children’s books that someone else might enjoy. In the past I’ve had a book swap and maybe we’re due for another one.
We also have a foosball table in the attic. It’s in pretty good condition since it hasn’t been used for ages. We took it apart and put it in the attic.
This is another item I’d much rather donate that sell on Craigslist. It might be fun for a community center or the teen social hall of a church.
And finally I have a dollhouse made for my son when he was a little boy. It’s special because it’s a castle. We used to fill it with knights in armor and tiny medieval furniture. It’s ready for a paint job.
Maybe before I get rid of it I’ll display it for awhile even though it takes up quite a bit of room. It’s really neat.
These five items would really be a good start to letting go of things that I just can’t keep. At one point I was holding onto things to pass down to our grandchildren but since that seems very unlikely I just need to let go.
What do you need to let go of?