I think I may feel a little better today. (Or maybe it’s wishful thinking!) Whatever. I did get showered and dressed, and I’m trying to put my mind on other things.
I started a list of furnishings in the house, and what I want to do with them. I don my practical hat and decide whether I’ll be keeping, donating, or tossing each piece. We’ll need furniture when we move, but certainly not the amount we own! I’m figuring my den/office here would do well in a second bedroom. We could buy a sleep sofa for overnight guests. Even so, this room has a lot of furniture, and it’s only about fifteen by fifteen! There’s a big wall unit which houses my desk and computer and has a nice upholstered desk chair. My printer sits on my paper cabinet, and that cabinet may not be a must-have. The wooden file cabinets look like furniture, and they hold a lot. The tall bookshelf may also have to go – the bookshelf/hutch top that sits on two file cabinets may have to suffice. The wing chair is a maybe. The kids’ table/chairs/cabinet have to go. There – I’ve completed a whole room!
I want to keep the living room furniture. It may not all fit, but some pieces are antiques, and I can’t let them go. The same goes for the dining room. I want my table/chairs, and I can store the leaves. Likewise, I need my small silver chest. The liquor cabinet and buffet can go. The hutch is built in, so it stays. The table/chairs/built-in benches in the breakfast room will probably stay in the house – they were made for that room. That hutch is up in the air – it’s a family heirloom, and I’m hoping my kids will want it. All of the family room furniture must go – love seat, chairs, four tables, a tall and one long bookcase. We’ll keep the TV cabinet and TV. That’s four more rooms I’ve finished!
I haven’t begun to inventory the second and third floors, and God help us, the basement! Also, none of this includes the extras – wall hangings, paintings, lamps, bric-a-brac. I just keep reminding myself that this must be done, and it keeps me in a practical frame of mind. Each day I add another room to the list, and by next week, it will be finished. I’m really closeting all my sentimentality; otherwise, I’d never complete the task.
Just call me Madame Practical!!