To keep or not to keep..

This “life-re-org” is getting serious.

I’ve moved from Phase One (clothes, pots n pans, small appliances etc) to Phase Two (bigger, more expensive stuff) The decision to pitch the treadmill that’s been hogging the corner of our bedroom and causing the carpet to ripple was easy..our exercise bike will most likely accompany it out the door. (Salvation Army is scheduled -again- for next week)

The item I’m considering getting rid of now has been used even less than the treadmill, will never be used in the future and takes up much more space.  Its presence lords over the small room it occupies and prevents me from transforming the space..and yet, this decision feels uncomfortably huge to me.


What is it that’s causing me to waver? Is it the memories of my kids arguing over their piano lessons? The echo of my son playing his Indian war tune over and over and over again? (I swear I can still hear it!)

What has brought me to this moment are three simple thoughts:

1.- I don’t want stuff in my life that I don’t use.

2.- I want to re-imagine my home and re-engineer it to fit who my husband and I  are today and going forward. I don’t want my home to be a museum full of “monuments” to what made sense in the past.

3.- “It’s not hurting anything” is not a valid reason to hold on to something.

So, the real question is this:

Would I buy this item today? If the answer is “no,” it’s gotta go.

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So I gotta let it go…the question is how?

First option:  Our local piano store. The owner is coming over to play it this Sunday.. So yeah…like yikes, I wasn’t expecting an “audition.” This thing hasn’t been tuned in over ten years!!  I haven’t felt this much performance anxiety since the kids’ last recital!! 😉



6 Comments Add yours

  1. LA says:

    There are certain things that are hard to get rid of, but eventually you get there. Good luck. You’re doing great at this


    1. Cindy says:

      You are too kind..who knew it was going to be this mental!!! I have three ice bags on me this morning..neck 1- arms 2…may need one for my head! 🥴

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    2. Cindy says:

      BTW..I couldn’t help but think about your daughter in light of this recent college related news…Not that we ever thought there was an “even playing field”..but yikes..seriously.

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      1. LA says:

        My daughter actually plays tennis, but knows she’s a solid high school player, but nothing more, so she didn’t try to get recruited, so hearing about Georgetown made her go ARGH….and her best friend applied to USC, so to say she’s annoyed is an understatement!! It makes me so frustrated because I see how hard my daughter and her friends work!!

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      2. Cindy says:

        It’s really awful..and honestly, these college administrators are (at a minimum) completely derelict in their oversight..esp of athletic programs.

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      3. LA says:

        I know. That’s a huge issue….too big a crack in the armor

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