The Other Side

Monday, July 14, 2014







This weekend felt like a really long one to me - though I am happy to say I believe that is so because I got so many things done. Really when I think of all the things I crossed off my list I can't believe it was only a few days that went by. The yard sale was a success. The extra cash was nice, but mostly because I emptied out an entire room full of stuff, which is hard to believe when I look around my house, honestly I think I could probably empty another room full of things. I knew for awhile that I was feeling more like my stuff was owning me rather than I was owning my stuff - not a good feeling. If you aren't vigilant, which I am not, about keeping things minimal and purging consistently it just adds up so quickly and before you know it you have a bag of mismatched socks, clothes that don't fit anyone, and random things gathering dust that you never use anymore. So after this weekend of unloading I feel an amazing sense of lightness and accomplishment. I still have a bit to go, but after a last load to goodwill everything from here on out is the fun stuff. This week I am going to focus on trying to come up with a concrete plan for M+L's room, which feels super exciting now that when I walk in there I see nothing but a blank canvas. 

This weekend was also really hot, in fact it's been hot for weeks. It's that kind of hot I have always associated with Portland summers, though they have been a bit elusive over the last few years. The hot where there is a haze in the air and your skin burns even in the shade and everything feels quiet and slowed down. We didn't get out much because of all the work we were doing around the house, but of course we went for a few evening walks. And in honor of being on 'the other side' of things, I thought I'd share a few photos I took on one of our walks of 'the other side' of where we live. While we live in this gorgeous little pocket and have acres and acres of green around us - thanks to the gardens where we live and the golf course across the street, we also live next to a freeway, large and small businesses, and main roads all around us. Which all might not be as pretty as the greenery, though I suppose the city dweller in me finds the beauty and comfort in our urban surroundings too. 

15 comments:

  1. I've told you, haven't I, what Neel calls all this stuff we accumulate? Dust on your karma. So when you shed it, you shed the dust on your karma. We regularly get organizations that drive through neighborhoods and pick up stuff for donations. You get an envelope with a plastic bag in it and your pick up date on it. It's a helpful enterprise. Getting a date a week or so in advance forces your gaze ahead and helps get you organized.

    So. Best laid plans, right? We had piles and boxes ready to do by our front door and on the appointed day, Neel and I dragged them out front. Well, last Thursday we made the national news for the big storms that moved through here, so sometime mid afternoon, Cal and I had to move all that crap back into the house and here it sits. :(

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    1. it does feel like dust on your karma. that is going to be my mantra as i forge on. we used to have the same pick up for donations but i haven't seen or heard about it for a few years. i do have a donation place a few blocks away . . . so, it is pretty easy to get rid of it once i pile it up. though usually by the time i pile it all up it's a few car loads : /

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  2. The sense of lightness is so real and such a goodie. It's worth it to keep up with the STUFF and purge just to maintain that feeling of lightness. I'm approaching a point now, thanks to the influx of bridal shower presents I did not anticipate or ask for (but am grateful to have received!), where I'm looking around our house and feeling a bit anxious about all the stuff. What happens to all of it? Where does it go? Why do we have so much?? Oy. xo

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    1. it is amazing to get rid of stuff. it feels so good. i am always trying to keep that in my mind. i think because i lost my grandparents pretty young i am sentimental. sometimes i have a hard time differentiating what is 'sentimental' and what is 'holding on to' in my intentions. it's something i have been working on for years. and i tell you, if i was just me, i think i'd be there by now easily, but i have to sort through everything for everyone in my house. not so easy. though, i am glad it's not just me :) xo

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  3. nice, those long, hot summer days, no. as to de-cluttering, I know how great this can feel. I sometimes wish there was anything left for me to get rid of...

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    1. i love the long hot summer days. though this year, a little complaining might be okay, it's been crazy hot this year! still i am not complaining, but i wouldn't begrudge anyone else who did at this point.

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  4. Ugh it has been so humid but on the up side it's perfect snow cone and ice cream weather.

    It feels good to purge- I have the need to clean right now and am so on the fence but know I should get rid of some of my treasures.. I sound like a hoarder don't i? hehe.

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    1. i tend to let too much acquire and hold on it to for too long (and seriously kids automatically make you feel like a hoarder i think! they have so much stuff and keeping up with the cleaning? please!). though i am sure if i lived on some land, eek, i probably would be a hoarder. my house would be spotless and minimal i'm sure, but i bet i'd have a barn and a few sheds filled from floor to ceiling.

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  5. The composition in the first photo is so beautiful! Framing-worth! I don't mind a heat wave during the summer from time to time, we usually have plenty of those, but I prefer a milder summer so that I can enjoy as much time outside as possible and feel the season.

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    1. thank you so much. i don't mind heat waves either. this is the best one we have had in years, so i am grateful for it. xo

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  6. I love de-cluttering! I had 3 huge boxes in my spare room full of clothes and shoes that I needed to get rid of and my sister came over at the weekend to try a few things on and she eventually took most of it! The room feels a lot bigger and tidier now. It's funny how a few boxes can make such a big difference! x

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    1. it's one way to automatically make your house feel super clean. just pull out a few boxes and let them sit there for a few days, then move them and voila, it feels amazing!

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  7. I'm so glad your sale went well! I'm in the midst of purging myself and it's such a great weekend. Love your photos, they are really beautiful. Summer in Portland sounds amazing!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. thanks MJ! purging is such a big job. it's like one of those hallways in a horror movie that just keeps getting longer and longer. summer in portland is really great (most of the time). it feels so good to just have a string of dry days! xo

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  8. Yay for getting rid of stuff! Doesn't it just feel so much better when it's all gone? It's a physical and mental cleanse when I do a purge (every six months really). Congrats :) And tell PDX to hold on to the warm weather until I get there

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