Gulp. It's August, which means I'm in the fourth month of my 4-month purge. I expected that July and August would be productive months, seeing as my husband is home to help. But that wasn't the case in July. I got much less accomplished than I had planned. You see, you can't really just leave two kids sitting around "bored" while you tidy the house for hours on end. Probably should have booked some more camp weeks. Anyway, I'm hoping a few productive days in August will make up for my slow progress in July.
I did manage to tackle this antique armoire in my bedroom recently. The middle shelf is my stuff - shirts, exercise clothing and leggings. In about an hour's time, I got rid of about 3/4 of the stuff you see here on the shelf, plus a bunch of clothing from the shelves in my closet too. If you follow the advice in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, then you just keep the items that spark joy. I have to say there are very few items in my wardrobe that still spark joy. I swear some of this stuff is 20 years old.
Anyway, when I was done purging I decided to put my jeans and shorts on the shelf in the armoire. I wear jeans most days and I wanted them to be accessible. I folded up the leftover tees and exercise clothing using the KonMari method (folded standing up) and tucked them in baskets on the top shelf of my closet. The exercise clothes don't need to be easily accessible (ha!).
I guess I inspired my husband, because just today he decided to purge the excess clothing on his shelf of the armoire (at the bottom). He ended up keeping very little of what was there too. I'm also leaving that messy top shelf to him. He tends to put his change and receipts there at the end of the day.
Because this is Vintage Bliss Tuesday, I have to talk for a moment about the armoire itself. We got this at an auction in Hamilton maybe 15 years ago. It's old and a bit cracked and we don't really do anything to preserve it, but I just kind of adore it. It's probably one of my top 3 favourite items in our house. I have no idea how old it is, who made it or where it comes from. All I know is it's staying with me. New items really can't duplicate the character of a great old piece of furniture, can they?
What's your fave piece in your house?
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