Getting Rid of Stuff

Throwing stuff out, cleaning out closets, and donating old clothes are one of my favorite household activities. It is also a very Spring thing to do. I am quite the opposite of a pack-rat, and do not like becoming crowded with stuff. One of my top anxieties about having kids some day is all the STUFF that goes with it. This is most apparent to me in airports. I see families trying to keep track of about 17 pieces of luggage and a car seat and trying to remove tiny shoes for the metal detectors…it makes my heart pound…Anyway, if you are attached to old “stuff,” I will gladly come over and tell you 10 reasons to move on. I will even help you get over things you are keeping because you have major guilt every time you even think about getting rid of it. It is JUST STUFF. Other people actually need it. You likely don’t. I promise you won’t miss it and you will have more room to breathe.

That being said, I got rid of some things from our closet this weekend, and I couldn’t be happier about. If you want them, they are available to you at Brown Elephant on Clark at a very low price. Let it be known that I have NEVER missed anything that was donated. Ever. Especially when they are my husband’s old clothes.

*Insert giddy crazy-lady laugh.*

*Insert image of crazy-bag-lady running along Ashland with a bag of faded relaxed fit jeans from the late 90’s.*

Justin has a new wardrobe–thanks to a successful–but exhausting trip to State Street. He was thrilled to discover that Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Macy’s, and TJ Maxx are located on the same block. We have never shopped like that, and probably won’t again for awhile. He will be looking good until he has to wear suits to work…which I don’t envy. He is actually OK with that idea, which is reason #459385725 that he has found his perfect career. If I had to wear suits to work, I might just wither up and die. I like to dress nicely for work, but could wear–and have worn–cat slippers and a blanket to the office and no one bats an eyelash. I think there are some companies where PANTYHOSE is required?!? Ugh.

After the wardrobe overhaul on Friday, we decided that on Saturday we would head up to Evanston via the 10 minute ride on the Metra. Evanston has a pretty nice downtown area, and I much prefer going up there to see a movie than traveling into the Loop to fight the tourists. Don’t think this means we are in love with the suburbs and will be packing up our apt to head north anytime soon. I’m just saying that Evanston is a nice surprise as far as suburbs go. Yeah, I like a suburb. There, I said it. The day was sunny and consisted of wonderful things like bread-bowl soup, travel books about Italy, 3-d movie going, pet stores, wood oven fired pizza, and perfect train timing.

Here are the weekend photo updates:

These are Justin's Legs. Yeah those are dark-wash jeans that aren't dragging on the ground. And Cole Haans! I <3 Nordstrom Rack.

These really are Justin's legs. Yeah those are dark-wash jeans that aren't dragging on the ground. And Cole Haans! I ❤ Nordstrom Rack.

The suburbs can have a nice texture to them. Chicago can't hog it all.

The suburbs can have a nice texture to them. Chicago can't hog it all.

Well hello there. This little man was in the pet shop window across from Union Pizzeria. We call him chicken turtle. Watch the video below with the sound to learn why.

Well hello there. This little man was in the pet shop window across from Union Pizzeria. We call him chicken turtle. Watch the video below with the sound to learn why.

Turtle Wants Tomato.

Awww. They look like they might be good pets. Um, I had a couple as a kid and they don't do a lot. My Flopsy bunny died on Easter morning. There you have it.

Awww. They look like they might be good pets, don't they? Um, I had a couple as a kid and they don't do a whole lot. My Flopsy bunny died on Easter morning. There you have it.

Union Pizzeria has high ceilings, large windows and interesting lighting. But the PIZZA...

Union Pizzeria has high ceilings, large windows and interesting lighting. But the PIZZA...

..the pizza is to die for.

..the pizza is to die for.

One of the best parts of the weekend. Justin pointed these out to me. Which means he has been paying a lot of attention to what makes me happy. <3

One of the best parts of the weekend. Justin pointed these out to me. Which means he has been paying a lot of attention to what makes me happy. ❤

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3 responses to “Getting Rid of Stuff

  1. I am the same way about “stuff”. I hate it! Ask Ryan, if something has not been used for more than a month I am constantly trying to think of a good way to get rid of it. It really bothers me to own things I don’t use/wear/need or even want.

  2. what else does a girl need but bunnies and turtles and pizza?

  3. Carole Anne Hochstetler

    Since moving to Australia, I have become a big fan of “sloughing” possessions from wherever we travel. Moving often, house-sitting various places in Canberra, dictates we “travel light.”
    In fact, I met the goal of traveling 10 weeks with only one carry-on bag. This was my first look at your publication. It is rather like browsing through a copy of a favorite magazine. I can’t help appreciating the eye-appealing images, as well as your musings from events in your life. It’s a wonderful way to keep in touch with your experiences in life.

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