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The Process of Detachment

July 19, 2009

If we were ever attached to any of our possessions, we aren’t now. We will be downsizing to make our move into our new home. There is no formal living and dining room, which is just fine with us. But that means we will be leaving a lot of large pieces of furniture here for others.

In the interest of time we didn’t want to try selling the pieces, so we put the word out and found takers for the following items, most of which were picked up today by four different parties:

  • Large TV with armoire from our master bedroom
  • Large recliner chair from the master bedroom
  • Sofa and love seat
  • 15-year-old Refrigerator (We’ll get a new one!)
  • Washer and dryer (Also to be replaced with new)
  • A small TV
  • A stereo system with CD and tape player and large speakers
  • Reclining chairs for the pool area
  • Patio table with four chairs
  • An old computer system — PC tower with monitor and keyboard
  • Nine large picture frames with mats and glass

Slowly but surely, we are  getting down to the basics of what we’ll need to live. It feels good! I spent yesterday and today cleaning the appliances inside and out for their new owners.

Here’s another painting for you. I’m finding these pictures on the computer that I had saved to show on my blog. There will be no new art until at least the middle of August. This is one of the deckle-edged pieces that I had done a month ago.

Entry Way Sm“Entry Way” – Acrylic on Arches Paper, 5 x 7″

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra permalink
    July 19, 2009 6:13 pm

    Hard work but hopefully satisfying as well. Are you going to buy some lovely new furniture for your new home? I’m having a clear-out at present (not moving just making more space), and it feels great. Nothing as good as what the lucky people who have acquired your items are getting, and must now ring Junkaway to come and collect. Love “Entry Way”, it is very good of you to take the time to blog with us when you are so busy.

    • Martha Marshall permalink*
      July 20, 2009 6:27 am

      Sandra, we had to divest ourselves of all that just to fit into our new home (except for the appliances, which were old and will be replaced!) Way too much space for us where we are now. As it empties out, I love walking through seeing the open space. One large living and dining room will be almost empty before we leave. The other rooms in the new house are a little smaller individually, so we won’t have as much room for large pieces.

      I’m happy you like the little painting.

  2. July 19, 2009 9:24 pm

    Downsizing can be very liberating. We’ve done some with our last two moves and are now at a point where we feel “just right”.

    Of course, you then find yourself picking up things here and there again, but in the interest of keeping things “just right” we tend to replace something when we want change rather than just adding

    • July 20, 2009 6:29 am

      Yes! I love it! We’ve even given away most of our books to the library. I have a nice collection of art books, but that’s about it. Books can be replaced used, if need be. And they’re so heavy for a moving crew.

  3. July 20, 2009 6:16 am

    I know the feeling. Sometimes an empty drawer (or shelf or whatever) feels better than a full one.
    And knowing how little one needs to be happy is a great insight.
    Best wishes in your new home.

    • July 20, 2009 6:31 am

      Melody, that is so, so true. It opens up all kinds of possibilities. And PS — I do plan to come visit some time!

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