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!