I’ve been giving more furniture and lamps and paintings to Bo the maintenance man to give to people at his church who might need these items.
I get to the point where my two closets have way too much stuff in them, and I have to clear them out so I can move around in there.
So yesterday I gave him my coffee bar. Surprised?
Well, with this heat I need to be able to get to the patio door curtains and blinds to open and close them. That wasn’t easy with a piece of furniture in front of the door.
I didn’t want to get rid of my blue cupboard where I keep my dishes. So I gave him the kitchen cart I was using for a coffee bar, and moved the blue cupboard to its place to get it away from the patio door.
When I lived in Texas, I paid for the cupboard. But I got the coffee bar/rolling cart free because it was left behind in the garage at the little blue house when I moved in there back in 2011.
It’s very hard to get a photo of this area due to the narrowness of the dining room. But I did my best to show you what I did in here.
Somehow this narrow space suits the blue cupboard. At least it is no longer covering up much of my patio door.
I put my coffee maker on the kitchen cabinet (I didn’t get photos of that today) and the coffee mugs are on my big kitchen cart next to the Breville Smart Oven.
I haven’t even used the coffee maker for about three months. I’ll get back to hot coffee when it’s cold outside. It is now next to the little blender I use for iced coffee and smoothies on the left side of the sink next to the washing machine.
I don’t have a hard time parting with things. I usually just give a sigh of relief.
In this heat, I want as few things to dust and clean around as possible. As I get older, I find that I don’t want as many thing cluttering up my home. I want less things to deal with.
Last week I gave Bo the red ottoman because Charlie got it in his head to hike his leg on it. I couldn’t get him to stop, so I gave it away. I hadn’t been using the ottoman as a coffee table for very long.
But there’s no point in ruining a piece of furniture that someone else could use. And I didn’t have the heart to keep chastising him about it.
After a few days of cleaning up around the ottoman, I had moved it into my closet, where it was really in my way.
When you live in a small home, you have to be able to part with things or you’re not going to be able to move around. You have to winnow out what you can so that your space has room to breathe.
I got tired of scooting my chair back from the table when I’m finished with my meal and hitting a piece of furniture behind it. I don’t have that problem now.
I think you just come to the point in your life where less is more. Unless you’re a hoarder anyway.
I’ll be putting a window air conditioner in my bedroom window next week, so what I have in front of the window, like house plants, will have to go some place else.
With a window air conditioner I’ll have a room to go to when it’s 80 degrees in here.
I keep the thermostat on around 70-72 and the central air conditioner goes all day long, because the unit isn’t adequate for this size apartment. The temperature in here hovers around 80 degrees by late afternoon.
Do you have a hard time parting with things?