Preparing to move into a new home is hard work. I know that. But when your new home is much smaller, it also means making tough decisions about what to keep & what has to go. I am not enjoying this part! I have always been a "more is more" kind of girl. That needs to change, not just of necessity, but also because I don't want stuff to be what my life is all about.
I have let go of a ton of things already. Had to...house for sale. For example, I called my dear friend Pat one day and asked her to come get most of my teapot collection and dispose of it however she saw fit. I just could not do it. I cried as I packed them, choosing only to keep a few that I use, or a couple that where gifts from my daughter. As it turns out, while I am wistful when I think of some of them, that happens less and less often. I can now say that I hope wherever they land, they will bring joy and delicious tea into their new homes.
Today's dilemma is this decanter set. I have owned it for years, and it has had a fair amount of use. I am a fan of Port, Sherry & Madeira. I also like to serve an after-dinner liquor occasionally. But truth be told, the set is being used less and less frequently.
So, what to do?
I enjoy the set, and it holds many fun memories of guests and dinners parties. Port definitely tastes better out of those glasses! It looks lovely on my buffet. I think it probably needs stay.
It isn't being used often, it is a pain to wash & dust, if it is on display. If I store it away, it'll never get used. Someone else might use & love it? I think it probably needs go.
See what I mean? Have you had to make these kinds of decisions? Do you have any advice for me?