My tablescape today is a very basic, simple setting and sort of reflects how I want my life to be in the future.
For several weeks now, I’ve been reading posts on blogs about the reality of our lives. Well, my reality is that I’ve realized enough is enough. In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about…it’s STUFF. All the stuff that is cluttering up my life and home.
Do I really need all this stuff that fills my home? How many sets of dishes does one family need? How many sets of glassware…silverware…accessories to use on the table? How many decorative items do I need to have around the house so I can share them in a blog party?
The dishes I used in this week’s setting is really the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. I found them at a thrift store a while back, brought them home…and then wondered where in the world I was going to put them.
When is it ever enough? Well for me, I’ve reached that point. I have a 24 square foot pantry packed with dishes, glassware, flatware, tablescaping items. There is so much stuff packed in the pantry that half of the time I can’t even find what I’m looking for! Then there is the closet in a small bedroom that holds even more stuff. Not to mention the pie safe that contains dishes, the bottom of the buffet, the china cabinet…and the list goes on and on.
I have box after box after box filled with Easter stuff, patriotic stuff, valentine stuff, halloween stuff…Well, no more! No more going to a store to buy items just so I can come here and post about a new table setting or participate in a blog party. No more digging around the house to find things and then have to pack it all back up when it’s all over.
You’ve heard about “keeping up with the Joneses”…well my reality is that I can’t and I don’t want to try anymore. I’ve been unemployed for almost 2 years with no job prospects in sight. So not only can I not afford to buy any more stuff, but I simply don’t have space for it.
I’m going to begin decluttering my home starting with my pantry and moving on to the rest of the house. I’m having a huge yard sale in about a month and, if I don’t sell everything, it’s not coming back in my house.
I’m honestly not trying to slam anyone who participates in blog parties with my post and truly hope no one takes it that way. In many ways, this has been painful for me to write and life has given me some hard knocks lately. It’s made me realize I need to make some changes for myself.
I do hope to be able to continue to participate in blog parties occasionally…but you might see many of the same items being used and not really any new stuff.
I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.