January 28, 2008

Progress Report, Day 1

Project: Dining Room

I tackled this room first because it's open to the foyer, and makes the first impression of my home. It's not a "formal" dining room, but where we eat (or try to) each night. I would like to start using my china every Sunday, but it hasn't been that accessible. My china cabinet overfloweth! After taking everything out of it and off the top...

Boxes to Consignment: 3 (including 1 set of glasses, 3 glass bowls, 2 glass candy dishes (one still in its box!), and 1 set of place mats)

Most Difficult to Part With: Nothing. I admit I felt a little guilty at first, but I reminded myself that I wasn't purging any family heirlooms...only items I'd picked up at department stores. The glasses were a wedding gift, but I can honestly say we've never used them (in nearly 15 years).

Reward: A china cabinet that looks like a piece of art. I can see and appreciate each piece much more, because I kept only pieces that I love and that have sentimental value.

I'm hoping I'll be more inclined to actually USE the items I have stored now. One of my fondest childhood memories is drinking hot chocolate from my mother's china cups. I felt so grown and special. Now CJ can carry on that tradition.

I can't wait for R to get home so we can have our first meal in our peaceful, simple dining room!


Anonymous said...

Great job! I need to use my formal stuff more too. Thanks for the inspiration!

Janelle said...

I hope you are feeling encouraged to have such a good start in your organizing.

I am getting motivated, too.

Alana said...

Woohoo! What a great start, friend! I bet you feel so much more free already. Can't wait to hear more. Maybe you'll inspire me to tackle a few of the jobs I have left to do!

Kelly said...

Decluttering brings such peace!

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Great job Melissa! You have inspired me to get busy.

How fun to actually use and enjoy your china. What a sweet memory for your daughter.

Org Junkie said...

That is so fantastic! I'm proud of you!


kmom3 said...

I have a closet. My bedroom closet. It mocks me daily. But it's time is coming!
Praying your week is going well!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow - great job Melissa! That is inspiring.