Painting. Organizing. Lots and lots of painting and organizing went on this week. Our kitchen is painted save for the trim, which we’ll get to very soon. And I have scrubbed, painted and organized 5 out of 6 closets/storage spaces in our home. (The sixth one is in the lower level of the house and it can’t be completed until we remove the filthy and stinky carpets to add flooring.) Painting closets is a lot of work and a huge pain in the heinie. But let me tell you, once they’re finished, they are beautiful. And even better, tons of stuff gets unpacked and put away. Every time I empty a box, I want to do a heel click jump.
Here’s a quote from an article I was reading this morning titled "Nobody wants the family heirlooms anymore":
“This is an IKEA and Target generation. They live minimally, much more so than the boomers. They don’t have the emotional connection to things that earlier generations did. And they’re more mobile. So they don’t want a lot of heavy stuff dragging down a move across country for a new opportunity.”
It seems that the upcoming generation, for a number of reasons, doesn’t have much interest in the stuff that their parents and grandparents are trying to unload as some of them downsize. This is certainly true in my family as my daughters don’t care very much for stuff their grandma offers. And it’s also true of minimalistic me. I don’t have an emotional connection to things. Snapping a photo of furniture or items used by my parents would be enough for me to remember these things by. Aside from some photos, there isn’t very much I’ll be taking from my mom’s place when she passes away. How about you? Where do you stand on this?
Speaking of IKEA, there are now two of these stores within less than an hour driving distance. My longtime blogging pals know how much I love this place and how much this must make me happy. It does. I once met a woman that said that people with IKEA stuff in their homes should grow up and start buying adult furniture. If growing up means becoming this judgmental and critical and narrow minded then I’ll keep my love for IKEA. People have different tastes. Let them be.
The most amazing man in the world and I have discussed doing some volunteer work together. One of the places we are considering is the local Meals on Wheels program; a non-profit, volunteer-based support service that delivers hot, nutritious meals to homebound individuals who are unable to prepare food. This would include the elderly, chronically or terminally ill, disabled, etc. This is a fantastic service and it’s something that the most amazing man in the world and I can do together since deliveries are done in teams of two: one driver and one assistant. And in addition to delivering hot meals, we’ll also be providing a short and friendly visit, and a security check to ensure that the recipient is safe and well. Do you have this non-profit in your area? It’s a very popular program.
I think that’s it for now. I’ve been enjoying your blogs but haven’t been doing much of it myself. I’m too tired and busy and unmotivated. Eventually I’ll get back into it.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!