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Well, here we are. The Arielle Shoshana post was supposed to go up today but (derp) I accidentally posted it last week, sooooo… today we’re going to talk about the thing you can’t get enough of. Let me explain.
Anita and I have been doing our Swedish death-cleaning. It’s pretty cool, if you haven’t heard of it. The Swedes have this thing where they go through their stuff and pare down to save their loved ones the work after they’re gone. I think that’s a dandy idea. When my dad died, in the house my sister and I had grown up in, it took us more than a year to go through everything, and it suuuuuuuucked.
I’m renting my cozy cottage for another couple of years, while the boys finish high school. After that I’m hoping to hightail it out of here, not sure where yet. In the meantime, I’ve been taking boxes and bags of goodies to the thrift. Some of it the girls left behind. Some stuff I brought as a security blanket from my former highfalutin’ life and I’ve decided I don’t need it around anymore. I am hardly a minimalist, as anyone who’s seen my house can attest, but there comes a point, you know? It feels good to get so much flotsam out of here.
So, I took all this stuff to the thrift and came home with another pair of boots. They’re shorty cowboy boots in a lovely shade of brown, already broken in perfectly. I adore boots – cowboy boots, moto boots, riding boots, chunky boots, slouch boots, knee-high boots, Chelsea boots—as long as they’re low-heeled, I want them. I have three pairs of flats for summer, and for winter I probably have twenty pairs of boots. (Okay, maybe more, I refuse to count.)
I mentioned this to Anita and she laughed and said the thing she can never have enough of is cashmere socks. She loves her some cashmere socks. She’d have a cashmere-sock drawer filled to bursting if she could.
Anyway, we got to wondering. I already know that perfume folks tend to be collectors – makeup and nail polish are pretty common. But what else, what single random item, are you always willing to make room for more? Do the items get used or just admired? And are you downsizing in any way, and how?