the icon of exstupidity [minimalist challenge item #365]

[item] Dumas… I mean a plastic sheep yard ornament.

[purchase info] Given to me by a friend doing some therapeutic downsizing.

[time in my possession] IDK, several months.

[last used] How does one “use” something like this???

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Given back to its original owner now that it has been declared the icon of exstupidity.

[replacement item] None, I hope.

[info] Go read the back story on Dumas.  We all know a Dumas but I just don’t need a Dumas right now, so he seemed like a logical ending for my year of downsizing.  I still have too much stuff.  Maybe I should do another year of it?

I have an idea… [minimalist challenge item #364]

[item] Huge box on markers and crayons

[purchase info] Purchased some new and some were given to me.

[time in my possession] A long time.

[last used] Here and there.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium.  I hate getting rid of art supplies.

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I just have way too many of these.  I have an idea though.  I was offered a huge truckload of paint.  I now know what I must do…

sigh. sniffle. :( [minimalist challenge item #363]

[item] Ryobi compound mitre saw

[purchase info] Purchased new at Home Depot

[time in my possession] Approximately 7 years

[last used] A few months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Very difficult

[destination] Craigslist

[replacement item] None.  :(

[info] I love this saw.  I’ve used it a lot, but not enough times a year to justify keeping it.  I have access to many of these, so it was time to part with it.  My fondest memory is using it to build bunk beds at the orphanage…

I don’t like beige [minimalist challenge item #362]

[item] Red professional Kipling camera bag

[purchase info] Purchased new at an expensive camera store — full price

[time in my possession] Approximately 7 years

[last used] A couple of months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Difficult

[destination] Craigslist

[replacement item] None, yet.  I do need a bag for my cameras and lenses.

[info] I love this bag and I hate this bag.  The camera backpack is awesome, but difficult to reattach.  Love the red exterior, hate the beige interior.  Love the design, hate the way my stuff fits in it.  This is stressing me out.  Bye, bye bag.

the BIGGEST downsize!! [minimalist challenge item #361]

[item] My house

[purchase info] Purchased pre-owned in Preston Vineyards.

[time in my possession] Approximately 5.5 years.

[last used] Today.  (Well, I’m a little late on posting this blog entry, but I was in it until I moved.)

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Difficult

[destination] Rental property right now.

[replacement item] A smaller house.  I went from 1792 square feet to 1419.

[info] Wow.  Where do I start with this one?  I wanted to downsize my house.  I bought this as a fixer-upper and spent a good part of the first 4 years doing just that — fixing it up.  A lot of sweat equity went into this home, which made it a really difficult decision.

I still own the home and I’m renting it to some really awesome people!  I plan to sell it, but for now it’s a rental property.  With that being said, I’m not sure how to quantify this downsize in dollars like I have all of the other things.  I’ll have to figure that out when calculating my final dollar amounts.

a back door for the front door [minimalist challenge item #360]

[item] A glass door.

[purchase info] Purchased at the Habitat ReStore for $65

[time in my possession] Approximately 5 months

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I bought this to use as my front door.  It didn’t fit right right, and I did try more than once.  The door was just a tad bit too big.

fill it up! [minimalist challenge item #359]

[item] Pink mesh laundry basket

[purchase info] Purchased new at The Container Store.

[time in my possession] Approximately 7 years

[last used] 3 years ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I don’t have a big house anymore and no place to really use this.  Also, the side kept collapsing.

susan is really lazy [minimalist challenge item #358]

[item] Lazy susan

[purchase info] Purchased new at Ikea.

[time in my possession] Approximately 6 years.

[last used] Over a year ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] Why is this called a lazy susan?  Who’s Susan?  She must have really been lazy.  I like this, I just really don’t have a spot for it anymore.  I used it at work for a long time.

fabric scraps & painted sheets [minimalist challenge item #357]

[item] A huge lot of fabric scraps and 3 painted sheets

[purchase info] The sheets came from an art project at work and the fabric scraps are mostly old clothing.

[time in my possession] Not sure, but many years.

[last used] Several years ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I have lots of stuff like this.  I needed to purge some of it.

art canvas & vintage pins [minimalist challenge item #356]

[item] A painted canvas and some vintage pins / broaches.

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store.

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] 4 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I bought this canvas half painted.  I finished the painting and pinned vintage flower pins all over it.  It’s been in my garage and some of the pins broke off.