(When its books and art its just called “collecting”. The owner of this apartment has over 7500 books and 250 works of art, in 1200 sq ft! Thats 6 books per square foot! Architecht Steve Blatz did good here. From NY Magazine HERE)
Soooo…. how’d you guys make out? Good times? Feeling full and happy?
While you were engaged in your festivities, I spent 3 days up to my elbows in cleaning supplies and garbage bags(and an electric toothbrush which I used to clean crevices). The last time I actually did anything like this was the night before JoJo was born… I had to clean out a closet so he would have someplace to keep his little things! I think it was the final burst of nesting before I went into labor.
This time, I just got sick of it… sick of stuff. Sick of things that don’t belong being in cabinets and drawers and closets. (Hex nuts from last Spring’s hex nut phase in the junk drawer of the kitchen, etc…) So I went ape shit on them.
And I’ve realized something: If you gave me so much as your business card at NYIGF in 2008, chances are, I still have it. So I’ve decided to become super careful of what I actually let into the apartment. Because once its in here, it never seems to leave. EVER. While I do toss things I buy for myself every so often, I’m so sentimental that I still have anything that anyone has ever given me, good bad and ugly- even joke secret santa gifts- I still have! Sometimes I give things a nostalgia that they don’t really deserve… like, my husbands grandmother gave me a gift at my shower in this box… Does that mean I need to keep the box forever?!?!
So in the spirit of the holidays when people are gifting each other tons of stuff, both good: thoughtful and sweet presents, and bad: mass purchased christmas sweaters and stocking stuffers… how do you all deal with the stuff? Do you return gifts? Give them away? Do you have like a Christmas gift registry type of thing? That would be good. How do you deal with a mass influx of stuff into your homes?