Out With The Old, In With The New

June 3, 2010 at 8:17 am 11 comments

When I was heading to Austin to start college, I loaded up my Mustang and my mom’s Suburban with everything I’d need. Sheets, clothes, Texas decor… you know, the important stuff. I didn’t need any furniture because I was moving into a dorm that had all built-ins. The desk was stuck in the corner. The bed pulled out from the wall and had drawers underneath. There was a separate dresser built in next to the bed. It was tiny but they managed to shove the “must haves” in half of a room. Probably because my dorm was designed by a man who designs prisons. Complete with cinder block walls and cold tile floors. True story, I wouldn’t joke about something like that.

Sophomore year I moved to an apartment. I shared a four bedroom with 2 other girls… which meant we had a spare bedroom. I packed my mom’s Suburban to the brim. I brought a spare bed, all of my scrapbooking goods, more clothes, kitchen stuff, and anything I thought I could possibly want.

My junior year I moved to a different apartment. The same stuff came with me, plus some. I stayed there my senior year which just meant that all of my stuff had time to mate and multiply during it’s time in the apartment.

Then I got married and bought a house… and guess what came with me? Crap. Lots of crap. And you know what happens when you buy a house? People give you their old crap. We have LOTS of crap in this house. And now we are having a baby so we are bringing more crap into Hurst Castle. (Although it’s much cuter, newer, and nicer crap. Perhaps we should just call it “stuff.”)

We’ve got a wonderfully soft and cozy glider.

We’ve got a crib and a dresser/changing table. They are huge.

You know that red and blue plastic ball you had as a kid with holes in different shapes? And then you had those yellow shapes that you fit in the holes? You can’t fit the star in the rectangle hole, and you can’t fit the square in the circle hole. It just doesn’t work. And then you have to pull the ball apart awkwardly to get the yellow shapes back out? Do you see where I’m going here? You can’t fit a glider in an occupied corner. You can’t fit a crib on a desk. It just doesn’t work.

In order to make room for these, we are cleaning out other areas of our house. We just sold our old (new) dining room table. We found a home for our computer desk. We are currently seeking homes for a dresser and an old vacuum. And now I have this compulsive need to find more stuff for Craigslist. I have a feeling I’ll be adding an item or two each night.

I never realized that selling my crap for cheap on the internet would be so addicting! You must be proud of me. You’re probably thinking that I’m a very smart girl to get rid of these items and that I’m really going to enjoy the empty spaces and the spare cash. Well, thank you. I am sort of smart. But the empty spaces are being filled with baby stuff, remember? And the spare cash? What do you suppose we are doing with that?

Something necessary, right? Like a college fund for Jansen. Or savings for a second car because ours is about to go to Car Heaven. Nope, not so much. We are saving for that amazing recliner I told you about last week. We told ourselves we’d only buy it if we didn’t have to pull any money out of our account to get it. Which means that I have a goal. Goals are good. Goals are good and crap is bad. But recliners are wonderful. And I’m all about making my house wonderful. For Jansen… of course.


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  • 1. Sarah  |  June 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

    So I totally have a giant pile of crap in my house that I need to put on Craigs List too! You’ve inspired me- maybe Jim will let me put our old couch on there because it’s currently in our dining room!

  • 2. osarah  |  June 3, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I love this post! I also love your new glider. It’s cute!

    I didn’t know you lived in Jester. I did too. Were you in East or West?

  • 3. abby  |  June 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I love that S is trying out your glider. I’m sure he’s imagining all of those sleepless nights he will spend in that thing.. ahem. 🙂

  • 4. Taryn  |  June 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

    ooohhh… love the glider! And definitely get that recliner! I spent a lot of nights sleeping in ours, b/c of heartburn and other preggo-related things! 🙂

  • 5. mom (nana)  |  June 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Don’t be talking bad about that “crap” you got from your family and friends…. 🙂

    LOVE the glider!! Can see my precious baby grandson being rocked in that and it is going to be awesome!

  • 6. Nora  |  June 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

    It is addictive to sell stuff on craigslist. I went through that not too long ago; sold electronics and other random stuff that I never, ever used. It was rather freeing and the extra money was nice too 🙂

  • 7. Southern Gal  |  June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I need you to come to my house and list all my ‘crap’ on Craig’s List for me.

    So excited for you. I made a fabric purchase this week and will be working on a little something soon…

  • 8. Mama Fuss  |  June 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    You are nesting. CHeck out my post today for my own version this time around. I tend to go a little over board when I am in nesting mode… and I am of the opinion that if it doesn’t get out of my house, I am going to throw it in a garbage bag and dump it. I just got rid of a really comfy chair (that I did do some breast-feeding in the last time, but is just incredibly big) and my couch today because I want it GONE. (our new, slightly smaller and more comfy couch is being delivered tomorrow) and I still have more stuff to get rid of. But I’m over the craigslist/garage sale thing of late and I am giving it away to charity thrift stores… (even though I’m desperate for a nice rocker/recliner myself).
    I like your glider. I think I was looking at a similar one. And Fuss’s baby furniture was the same brand as Jansen’s. 🙂 Ah, happy memories!

  • 9. Aunt Bonnie  |  June 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Clear out the crap and make money at the same time. What a novel idea:) We could’ve made big bucks with all the stuff we donated to T&T when we moved. Oh well, at least it’s out of my house:)

  • 10. That Pink Girl  |  June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Oooh, what dorm were you in? I was in Andrews, back when the Quad was all girls. (the very old days) Hardwood floors, lots of charm…but no air conditioning. It was HOTT!

  • 11. Jill  |  June 4, 2010 at 9:00 am

    You are cracking me up! I myself have some things I need to sell on Craiglist, but nothing as big as a dining table or desk, etc. Sounds like your dorm might have looked a lot like mine. Prison-ish.

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