Childhood Memories

February 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Posted in After, Before, Moving, Organization, Projects | 5 Comments
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Jason is in the process of accepting a new job!  Kalamazoo, Michigan, here we come!  Thank you all so much for your support and advice…  As much as this might not be the decision that I would make if I were alone, this is the right decision for the three of us (Barley is psyched to be a Michigan Dogg).  So, we’re going with it.  And it’s going to be fabulous.

Of course, it’s not really that easy.  We’ve got things to organize and pack up.  So many of our things weren’t even unpacked after our move to this house, and I am determined not to move all of these things that I haven’t even used.  So, it’s likely that the focus of this blog will become organization, packing, and moving – no more home improvement projects.  Sigh.  It’s taken a while to realize that my kitchen dreams aren’t going to happen (at least not in this house), and that we’ll not be doing any of the bazillion home improvement projects that I’ve envisioned.

Instead, I’ll be using the next few months to organize and get rid of things we no longer need.  Jason will likely move in April, and I hope to follow next fall after some of my projects at work are finished up.  This summer, I’m making plans use the time I would have spend remodeling to try my hand at quilting (again), to perfect my photography, and to scrapbook (digitally?) our pictures from the last few years.  It’s kind of exciting, I think.

My first project?

These boxes of childhood memories.  My parents were sweet enough to save every project, painting, and paper from my elementary, middle, and high school days in these boxes.  Really nice, right?  Except that these things take up space, and the boxed organization doesn’t really allow for easy browsing.

Two large garbage bags and several hours later, I had it all condensed it all down into a binder and shoebox.  The binder contains plastic 12×12 sleeves, and each memory is stuffed inside one of these plastic sleeves labeled with the year and grade.

While it was heartbreaking to throw 90% of it away, it was equally annoying that the boxes were filling up my closet, taking up valuable space that I need to store current items that I use daily.  Keeping in mind my mission to reduce un-needed, un-looked at, and un-loved clutter in 2009 was all I really needed to get rid of the not-as-good projects and paintings.  Sad to get rid of childhood memories, happy to have it all in one convenient little place to look at as I please!

(PS for those of you following our wedding recap, I just *finally* posted a little ditty on our ceremony.  We’re still waiting on the professional photos, so for now, I’ve just posted the pictures taken by our guests.)



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  1. Glad I saved it all so you could decide what was worthy to keep; those were judgment calls I did not want to make!

  2. Are you accepting hugs from strangers? I’ve never lived in Michigan, but my hubby is from Manistee–way up north–and we visit once a year or so and the weather is gorgeous!

  3. You are so fortunate to have your childhood papers. etc.. Those boxes were one of the casualties of things that the movers lost in one of our moves.

  4. Congratulations on your decision. I hope the move goes well and you guys enjoy the new location!

  5. Congrats on the new job and a new adventure. I was just kidding about Michigan.

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