A Moving Experience

July 28th, 2011

Well, after much huffing and puffing, much sorting and tossing, and some serious decision-making, the vagabond has moved.  Downsized is the operative term here.  One of the hardest categories in that wrenching process of decision-making was dealing with kitchen tools, favorite dishes:   which glassware? which stew pots and casseroles to bring to the apartment?  Trying to keep the ….” less is more” motto in mind helped.  But what about the wonderful, shiny old meat grinder that clamped onto my grandmother’s counter, or the nesting set of fluted mousse/gâteaux molds in triplicate that won’t find a place on my new,  limited shelving?  Oh, all of those loose-based cake pans cannot come along either! Then there are odd “sets” of glasses, the 5 green-stemmed Riesling glasses I fell for in Alsace; the 3 huge-balloon numbers for Burgundy (when did I last buy a good Burgundy -not that it wasn’t a dream to try one?) or my large, eclectic collection of tiny aquavit/schnapps-sippers.  After I distributed the fish-smoker box, the cast-iron popover pans, and other heavies, there were more lightweight items to ponder.  Vases of all sizes and earthenware tea bowls…where would these fit into my re-adjusted life?  My heart said:  I want them all.  Space-available said:  Choose!

The deep drawers of table linens also have been pulled into the spotlight during these days of judgement.  Not only do I suffer from a great affection for vintage tabletop – from ’40′s family heirlooms to ’50′s and ’60′s Merimekko, but the napkins that are vital to setting an interesting table literally weigh in as well. With a little close inspection, some have slight tears to be mended or spots to be dipped…how much time and attention do these old table-top dearies deserve?

I’d be interested in reading about your experiences, and any advice!

More musings to follow soon…after the box is packed for the collectibles-brocante dealer!


  1. Joy Lyddon says

    Good to have you back in the swing after the tumuluous times – decisions, decisions!! When we have moved it has always been – when did we last use each item? So hard to choose….bon courage.

    July 28th, 2011 | #

  2. Mimi says

    Lately I am returning my attention to well-used items, no matter how shabby, that our hands have hoisted and our lips have touched many times over and over. I’m also considering a fall yard sale of some lovely but little used items.

    July 29th, 2011 | #

  3. Ilke says

    Oh did you give away all those nice things now ? I wish I lived closer, I would give them a good home!

    Good luck with moving! Hope you are happy in your new place. Looking forward to hearing more news… If you need my address to send some of that, let me know ;)

    August 15th, 2011 | #

  4. marolyn says

    Bonjour Mimi, good idea to do a yard sale for your little-used items – better sooner than later; i waited too long and the amount of stuff to deal with is, well, overwhelming. But you will feel lighter (as my cheering section tells Me!) when you have just the things you really reach for and enjoy around you…. enough preaching, i have more to sort!

    August 23rd, 2011 | #

  5. marolyn says

    Hi ilke – if you came to the Périgord now, you would return with bags way overweight :) But my friends have kindly helped with both the packing and taking things that they can use. Today a canner and canning jars goes to a new home. The process takes time, but with friends to help it is do-able. This is all challenging my recycling instincts: why not use fine old white tablecloths as curtains on my two south windows..repurposing?

    August 23rd, 2011 | #

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