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A Tale of Two Dishes

I was emptying the dishwasher this week and noticed our dishes are in bad condition. They’re all scratched up and one of the bowls or plates chips and breaks at least once a week. We’ve had the dishes since our wedding shower almost nine years ago. We loved them at the time, but I’ve grown to hate the design and now they’re falling apart.
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Instead of buying new dishes to replace our old, worn-out set I’ve decided to bust out our “fancy” dishes and use those on a daily basis.

As I start to purge our house, partly in preparation for our impending move and partly because I have a desire to have less “stuff”, I find so many items we’ve stored away because we’re afraid of ruining it or we feel guilty for throwing it away/donating it/selling it.

These dishes are the perfect example. We keep them in the China cabinet and only use them maybe three or four times a year. They’re not even real China. They’re from friggin’ Target, you guys. Target. But we treat them like they’re $150 Nordstrom place settings. Because they’re pretty and in perfect condition and don’t you just have to have fancy dishes at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner?
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But what purpose do pretty dishes serve if we’re not using them? I have an overstuffed China cabinet that collects dust, books that sit in boxes, DVDs that go un-watched, baby toys and clothes we’ll never use again.

Stuff. So much stuff.

It drives me insane, this stuff. Some things have to be stored away like Christmas decorations. I get that. I can handle that. But, I feel like we’re storing other things just to have them, even if it means we never use them because of guilt, or because we’re afraid we’ll forget the memories behind the objects if the objects are no longer here.

I want to start living with less stuff, and more of those memories. I want to use the “fancy” dishes every day. I want to see the photos that are important to us hanging on a wall or in an album we actually look through. This move is going to be the perfect excuse to stop hoarding and start enjoying the things we have.

So the dishes will be going into the yard sale pile for a bargain price and the “fancy” dishes will come out of the China cabinet. Boxes will be emptied, drawers will be sorted. We will find our way out of the needless stuff so we can start enjoying the good stuff.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Samm September 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Have you read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo?
    I have not read the book myself but have seen it reviewed on a few blogs I follow and it has inspired be to start getting rid of a lot of our ‘stuff’ that we have ‘just to have’, as you said. There are a few parts of the book that I don’t think I would agree with but the overall looks pretty good – if you look up #KonMarie or #MarieKondo you might find some inspiration:)

    • Reply ashley September 22, 2015 at 11:11 am

      I’ve definitely heard of the process. I might check it out from the library (one less thing to buy.) I know several friends who have used the method and loved it.

  • Reply Ashley September 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    We have been having the purge of donate /sell before our pcs too!

    • Reply ashley September 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

      The best thing about moving is how much stuff we get rid of. I think our weight goes down with each move!

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