February 23, 2011


I was about to waffle on a bit about things that I have just sold online.  It suddenly occurred to me that wouldn't it be funny *though highly unlikely* if one of my onlline buyers happened upon this blog.

So I thought that maybe I should do a Disclaimer.  Something along the lines of -  Dear New Owner of my Previously Treasured Possessions :

I would like you to know that although I may have sold this object online as part of a decluttering process, it was not an easy decision.  I would like to think that now, as new owner, you will love and perhaps cherish this piece.  I hope that you will find it either beautiful or useful in your home.  

Just because I considered it necessary to part with this object as it was part of the clutter in my house, it doesn't mean necessarily that I am paying it forward!  The fact that you have stumbled upon a blog glorifying the sale of said object online is just one of those things.  Enjoy.

It may or may not ever happen, but it would be funny wouldn't it.  Selling things online is so difficult for me.  I only ever sell things that have been owned within this family, not just bought to offload.  So I feel personally connected to each one, and it's difficult.

Without going into too much sad detail, several years ago, my family home where I spent much of my childhood had to be sold.   A familiar story to many I'm sure.  However, in my case, my one sibling chose not to be involved in this process.  Enough said.

Consequently, it was up to me to removing all contents, including all furniture, personal belongings, memorabilia   - everything.  Then I had to organise the sale of the house.    I'm not trying to make it sound like a pity party, but it was difficult.  Very difficult.  Particularly when you're as sentimental as myself!  

Consequently,  I packed everything up the best I could and basically brought it all here.  Ev erything.  Where the two household contents merged for a while.  Clutter would be one way to describe a house that resembled a wall-to-wall furniture shop. Luckily my family coped.  My husband built a mezzanine level for the garage and I have boxes and boxes up there that I haven't even looked at yet.

For quite a while it was difficult to deal with - much much easier to just put it off.  However, now although most of the bigger things have already been sold, I am starting to get into the smaller household items.  

So I guess what I'm saying is that, apart from our household clutter (and I am by nature a bit of a hoarder I must say)  all these other things which have taken a little more time to address.  

On the plus side (and there has to be a plus side right?) I now have a little more pocket money than I had before.

 So dear new owner, enjoy and treat these objects with love and respect as they have been treated in the past. They all have a history and a story to tell.   Enjoy.

Cheers Wendy

Thoughts and Prayers to all those affected by the Christchurch NZ earthquake


Janelle aka Nelly said...

I think you are wonderfully strong to be able to get rid of all your sentimental bits.I bet you will have lots of memories when you start on the boxes.

dreamer said...

It's hard to let go of some things even when they haven't been ours.Sometimes even harder.

Love those little stools with the woven tops :)

duchess_declutter said...

Janelle - I've really had to be tough on myself! and those boxes will be more difficult again.

dreamer - yes lots of memories here. Those little stools were very cute - and actually the first things I sold online.