Hello! It's Thursday! I cannot wait for the weekend to begin!
Life has just been crazy since we returned from vacation.
So crazy, in fact, that I might just be renouncing my hoarder ways.
WHAT?! Amanda! You can't!
I just might need to, friends.
You see, living out of a backpack for two weeks can really change a woman! And, I am changed. I really loved living in CLUTTERless spaces with just a bed and a dresser. I liked that I only had two pairs of shoes to choose from. Life was easier. I felt lighter. I felt free. And now that I am home, I feel...different.
When I walked through the door I was overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have, i.e., I've collected. It's not that I just have one collection either, it's turned into SEVERAL collections: deer/fawn figurines, owls, decorative tins, paint by numbers, vintage suitcases...You get it.
It's just too much.
Where before, I thought THE MORE THE MERRIER, I am now shaking my head at the craziness that is my home. Which is crazy. I am still trying to process all of this, and figure out what it means for me as a vintage collector and a vintage shop owner. You see, my etsy shop is still on vacation and I don't really feeling like turning it back on. Making a job out of something I love has sort of made it lose its sparkle a bit.
I am hoping that by stepping away and taking a break, I will re-discover my passion. I want to LOVE doing this again. But for now, I am in a mode of SIMPLIFYING. I sorted through my storage room in the basement last night. I went from three racks of vintage clothes to ONE. Boxes and boxes of shoes to one small pile. I think just the process of getting all of this organized will help to. Organization, friends. Not my strong suit!
There are piles for friends, piles for the thrift store, piles for the re-sale shop, and piles for the shop where I am still selling my goods (for now). Keeping a rack at The Vintage Gypsy is about all I can handle right now.
Man, it feels good to be spilling my guts with you friends. If you have any wisdom or advice or thoughts, I'd love to hear it.
I read this article and it was like I freaking wrote it. This was one of my favorite lines:
"I never think of minimalism as deprivation," said Jay. "Rather, it's eliminating the excess -- unused items, unnecessary purchases, unfulfilling tasks -- from your life. Well, I may have fewer possessions, but I have more space. I may have fewer commitments, but I have more time. Minimalism is making room for what matters most."
For now, I feel good, I feel happy, and I feel like I am making space for, well, ME.