Another Sally List project accomplished ...
What's a Sally List? Read about it HERE.
I told you HERE that Renaissance Man and I had a date to spend Friday night at an auction. I even invited you to tag along! Well, as I begin this post, I'm sitting at the auction. I've been watching treasures that once graced my spaces now finding their new owners. What an interesting peek into my emotions I'm getting! At the moment, they're selling rusty old tools, so it's a good time to tune out the prattle of the auctioneer for a few minutes ...
I see things from other people's pasts ... some I've enjoyed for years -- others I bought to resell but never got around to it. You know, it takes a lot of time (and storage space ... and packing supplies) to run an online business from your home, and after awhile, I started to feel crowded. It takes a lot of mental energy, too. It probably doesn't help that other stresses enter my home on a regular basis. I've told you about them HERE ... but I finally reached my limit and realized that as much as I love (yes, love!) buying dishes and linens at auction, I really don't enjoy all the time it takes to clean and photograph ... then list the items ... then wait to see if they're going to sell ... then locate just the right box for shipping ... then pack up the pretties ... then haul them to the post office. Quite honestly, it's been more exhausting than exhilarating for awhile now, so enough's enough -- for the second time.
The second time? 'Fraid so. I've never taken my inventory to auction before, but I once "dumped" some really fine inventory at Goodwill and never looked back ... until a few years later when I realized that I really missed the thrill of auctions ... and the challenge of rescuing long-forgotten textile treasures. And so I started over.
Wait a sec. I need to pay attention again ... They're finished selling the tools and have started on the most fantastic old lanterns. *Sigh* No, I didn't bid ... even on the red one that just sold for $7.50 *BIG sigh*
So what now? What happens when, before long, all of my business inventory is gone (except Restoration Linen Cleaner which I'll continue to sell -- because it works!) and some of my personal pretties have departed? Will I feel lighter, more focused? I'm not sure. Actually, what I'm feeling right now as my belongings once again parade before me, is pleasantly surprised at how much some people are willing to pay for "that ol' thing" while extremely disappointed that they don't see the value in the next one ... or ten. Oh, how I wish some of you were here! Tonight it's all about happiness and heartache (too dramatic?). Oh, well. That's a night at the auction.
So really. What now? I think I'll start on the next "layer" of decluttering and downsizing. There's more I can get rid of ... and plenty that needs to be organized. Plenty. But I'm making progress, and that feels really good. Don't.stop.now.
I'm looking forward to getting my still-overflowing personal collection of linens organized. There's something so calming about spending time with the handwork of yesteryear ... And I look forward to getting a few maintenance projects done on my old house (although I'm not looking forward to actually doing them). I seem to recall some of them were on my to-do list last January ... or was it the January before? Seriously, I've been dragging my feet on those for a really long time! I want to sort through the daughters' childhood artwork and school papers and decide which things to keep and which to *gasp!* throw away.
I want to continue clearing the physical clutter so the mental clutter will improve, too. Mostly, I want to be less tied to things ... and spend more time on things that matter.
I want to figure out how the puzzle pieces of "me" all fit together. What does a tablescape loving, old house living, husband traveling, blog writing, cookie dough eating, card sending, event planning, interior designing, Christian, orphan advocate grandmother really DO anyway? Is there even a clear voice to be found in that hodgepodge?
If you're still reading, why is that? Are you a first-time visitor wondering what in the dickens this woman is yammering about? Or are you someone who keeps coming back for more ... more what? Why do you come here? Is it for the tablescapes? Pretty linens? Encouragement? An occasional good idea? Of the thousands upon thousands of blogs you could be reading right now, why this one? I'd really like to know. Is there anything you find here at My Place to Yours that's unique? Anything in particular that you get when you come here ... or keep hoping you'll find? I'm not looking for an ego boost. I'm looking for honesty. I'm looking for a few more puzzles pieces ... I'm doing that early-50s assessment. Some of you know exactly what I mean ...
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