The House of Dreams is full of stuff. Lots of stuff. In fact, too much stuff! If there’s a place for stuff, there’s stuff in that place. Between me and DSH, we have so much stuff that we also rent two storage units. It’s become an overwhelming problem.
In our defense, we live in an older home with no closet space to speak of as well as no storage space, and our garage is not an ideal storage space. It’s detached from the house and is a simple frame with siding, and is home to many rats, mice, spiders and who knows what else.
Our goal this winter is to go through both storage units and get them reduced to only one unit. We also need to go through all the stuff in the house and reduce that as well. I’m hoping to find enough stuff to have a decent yard sale come spring.
How did we get so much stuff? Well, the majority of our stuff came with each of us into our marriage.
I’ve accumulated lots of stuff over the years (hey, I’m 43, I’ve had lots of time to get my stuff!) including books, knick-knacks, paper, all sorts of miscellaneous things.
DSH came with a lot of stuff that belonged to his Grandma Grace. She kept almost everything, including things from her mom and grandma. Somewhere in the storage unit is an old suitcase with DSH’s great-great-grandma’s wedding dress. In a side table in the living room is a huge stack of yellowed newspaper clippings from the early-to-mid 1900s. There’s lots of stuff I could blog about eventually, and I plan to do so 🙂
Before our marriage, when DSH moved up here he rented a storage unit where I had one (hence the two we have today) and moved the stuff he was keeping from his Grandma Grace’s home (she had passed away about 6 months before that) and filled it with stuff.
He also had storage tubs full of his stuff in the room he was renting, and as our marriage date approached he began moving it to the House of Dreams.
Now we’re surrounded by tubs and boxes of stuff, and I’ve decided that this is the winter of my discontent with too much stuff.
The stuff has got to go! Not all of it, but at least 30-50%.
We’re going to be busy at the storage unit and at home this winter, hopefully for at least a couple of hours most Saturdays. It’ll be worth it once we’re done 🙂