As we attempt to purge our clutter-filled homes of all things ugly, unloved and excess, Marie Kondo advises us to keep only those items that spark joy. My question to you is, what if far too many items spark joy? When it comes to thrifted and inherited dishes and vases, the current state of our dining room clearly demonstrates that you can have too much of a good thing.
Our dining room tends to collect the overflow, as we shuffle things from the kitchen table or the foyer. Once in a while, I'll focus my attention on the dining room, finding homes for all the stray items and then dusting the table top. But more strays inevitably find their way to the dining room soon enough.
And then there are the items always on display - perhaps a few too many of them - like all of these inherited goodies on the side table, above. There's the lazy susan from Blue Mountain Pottery that my mom always served special meals in, various brass pieces (also from Mom) and a cracked and glued platter that apparently came with ancestors from Ireland (I don't know how long ago). Can't get rid of any of those!
On the (dusty) dining room table, here are just a few things that can be found - my Nana's crystal lidded candy dish, a thrifted green pedestal bowl, a thrifted floral serving dish and that heated chip and dip bowl that appeared in a previous Vintage Bliss post.
The dining room armoire (bought at auction years ago) is full of wine glasses, our wedding china, my Nana's china and assorted thrifted and inherited serving pieces. On top you will find a squished assortment of thrifted vases and bowls, as well as a still life that was in my family's dining room growing up. And I'm afraid this particular shopper has attended one (or two) too many basket sales. One benefit of this cluttered spot - it occasionally serves as a great place to hide the kids' iPads when they won't do their homework or clean their rooms.
There's a very good chance that, as my 4-month household purge continues, none of these items will be getting the heave-ho. Although I lament the clutter, I am essentially unrepentant. In fact, I have long been in search of a GIANT sideboard and hutch to house more dishes. (That's in addition to the two cupboards in the basement that already hold rotating dishes, vases and accessories.)
Do you have too many things that spark joy?
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