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Let It Go

Those of you who know me well probably know that I have a problem with lettings things go, literally. I’m talking about letting stuff go that is. I joke often about being two doors away from being a hoarder and can often times be seen picking up ‘treasures’ on the side of the road, going through dumpsters for salvage wood, or shopping for discounted items at Goodwill or the ReStore. And don’t get me started about sentimental items that belonged to my grandparents or another family member. Those things I’ll hold onto until the day at die at which point they become someone else’s problem.

In theory, finding all of these treasures and sentimental pieces is a good thing. I love to reuse and repurpose as often as possible. I believe that the things in our homes should reflect who we are and have a good story behind them. I can walk you through almost any room in my house and tell you where a piece of furniture came from and what it means to me personally, or which family member it belonged to, or how I found it on the side of the road and gave it a fresh coat of paint….you get the point. And the more dings and scratches it has, the more character, right?

So with all the good that these items can bring, what could possibly be the problem? It’s when it becomes too much. It’s when it no longer brings a smile to your face but instead keeps you from going into the garage or that spare room because it’s overwhelming. It’s when it no longer brings happiness but rather feels like a huge weight on your shoulders. People, some of it really is just stuff and I’ve recently had to learn that it’s okay just to let it go.

One of the perks of my job is that I’m invited into many of your homes. Sometimes it’s for a design consult or perhaps it’s to help you decide if it’s time to you put your house on the market. But the one thing almost everyone says to me as I walk into their house is something along the lines of ‘please excuse the mess’ or ‘I’m planning to get rid of some of this stuff’. Every time. It’s like this built-in apology we have which I’m guilty of saying as well. So it got me thinking about my own stuff and exactly why I have so much of it. Seriously y’all I have a two-car garage plus an extra medium-sized shed and both have been packed full of so much stuff, not to mention what’s in and around my house. It’s overwhelming and if I’m being honest, it has just become too much. I’ve had a hard time trying to tackle all of the stuff to organize it because I couldn’t figure out where to start. It really was that bad.

If you’ve been following along, The Boarded Up Beauty was full of contents as well. While we got rid of most of it, many of the items were sold online but there were still several really neat pieces that I was stuck with. Part of my business plan has always been to repurpose furniture to resale but what I’m realizing is that it takes a whole lot of work to make that happen. Time I don’t have. Renovating homes is what I do and while maybe repurposing furniture will happen down the road, it’s just not a reality at the moment. So, I made a very drastic decision recently to LET IT GO. Folks I have started purging like I never have before. That really neat side table that I want to paint and add new hardware to, gone. Those chairs that my fellow hoarding friend gave to me, outta here. Some of those items I found on the side of the road that are just going to be great one day, no more. It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I am a woman on a mission.

There’s a verse in the Bible that this process reminds me of: “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” – John 15:2. God often times has to take away items, people, jobs, etc. from our lives in order for us to be the individual He intends us to be. This idea is what’s driving my purge session. It’s all just stuff that no longer brings me joy. It no longer is a viable option to sell or use in my home. It’s just no longer worth holding onto. It’s holding me back and has become a problem.

You can finally see the walls again!!

If this resonates with you at all, I encourage you to jump on the ‘Let It Go’ train. I’m finding great pleasure in reaching out to family and friends and asking if there’s anything that I have that they could use in their home. I recently ran across a couple that picks up a lot of this stuff to give (free of charge) to families in need so I held onto their number and will reach out. And this weekend I’m loading up truckloads of stuff to take to my parents’ house because their neighborhood is having a giant yard sale (and I seriously hate yard sales so you know it’s all business to me). When it’s over, we’ll be donating what’s left to a non-profit.

I still have a long ways to go and will never let go of everything because everyone needs 20 chairs, right?....but I’m working on it and I have never felt freer. And I encourage you to do the same. Don’t wait too long because it becomes too much and too hard. Start now and you can thank me later. So here’s to everyone learning to let it go!!


P.S. If you’re in the Spartanburg area this Saturday, come by Bradford Place in Moore for their HUGE yard sale from 8-11am. I’ll be parked at 412 Summerton Place with all my stuff that needs to go. Some of it came from #theboardedupbeauty and some of it I’ve had for years. Regardless it all has to go so swing by if you’re looking for a great find!

Yard Sale Saturday, May 5th (8-11am) - Summerton Place

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