Friday, December 28, 2007

Feeling a bit squeezed

As another year comes to an end, I'm beginning to feel a bit of a squeeze. I'm at a storage crossroads. I do a lot of "big" cooking and therefore require lots of dishes and serving pieces. I however live in a house that was not built for storage. The cabinets were chosen because you have to put something on the wall. That's it. No actual thought of what might be stored in them and if those items would fit? A 12 inch cabinet over the dishwasher??? Are you kidding me?? Anyway, let's just say my stash of dishes and such are scattered all over the house. This makes it a complete pain to put things away. A couple of months ago, I got a big burst of energy and completely organized my cabinets. Bree would have been proud. However, it was not to last. In order to "maximize" my storage, incredible amounts of stacking had to occur. Now every time I need to get, or worse put back, a dish it is like a big game of Jenga.
So now the question: am I brutal and purge, purge, purge? or start stashing away money for my new kitchen cabinets? I know I should purge, but it is sooooo hard. I have nice things and it is hard to let them go. I suppose I can start with easier pieces I have picked up while thrifting, but that will only go so far. I have more stuff than room. Bummer.
I guess I will take the plunge and purge. It always feels so good when it is done. With New Year Resolutions just around the corner now is as good of time as any. On Christmas Eve, I took 6 large trash bags full of house stuff to the goodwill. I'm sure there is another 5 or 6 lurking. Okay, I've talked myself into it. Let the purging begin :0)


Kellie said...

I feel for you. You must live in my kitchen. We have very little cabinet space, and I'm like you -- stacking, stacking. We have a finished basement, so there's not much storage down there except one big closet that's so deep that I can't get past the junk in the front to the shelves in the back where I have the kitchen stuff nicely stored. I'm planning a purge too, although I'm trying to keep all the good stuff and practical stuff and get rid of the true junk that I never use anymore. But it's so hard!

Jenny said...

Purging is great.
I stack and stack like you... I dream of a large kitchen with lots of cupboards.

Marie said...

I know the feeling...I love all my serving pieces and dishes and use them all at one time or another....purging is not an option for me...I would rearrange now matter how long it took me...because being without them would be worse for me...also, even my thrift store finds were a real find for me...I have purged stuff that was bought for me that did not fit into my decor style. Good luck!!!

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