The Year of Living Minimally – Week Six

This week, it was time to go big.

Goodbye, bench. You were falling apart and, sorry, quite useless.

Our old neighbor made this bench about fifteen years ago, and we bought it. It looked sweet on our back deck, and when we sold the house and bought a condo, we picked up the bench and put it in the back of Jim’s truck, and carted it across town to the new place. But we didn’t use it – I never sat in the back – there was no shade. ☀️ The wood might be recycled, but not if it’s been treated with chemicals. 


The dining room table and chairs! Yep, gone. Hey, I’m serious about this project. And no, we’re not going to eat the rest of our meals while sitting on the couch, nor are we going to eat out every day. I have a smaller table (Eastern Butcher Block, any locals remember?) and chairs upstairs. They’re going to be repurposed for our dining room. We’ll have more space. And we don’t host large eating events anymore. (And we took care of this ‘heavy lifting’ project on Wednesday, since I knew I’d be out of commission from Thursday).

I posted this photo on a community Facebook page and within hours, the table, chairs, extra leaf, and pads were carted away by a grateful stranger in my town.

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8 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Six

  1. My dining room table has turned into a work table. We usually eat at the kitchen counter (the family’s down to two of us) so why cause all the extra work? Once a year, if that, we have everyone for dinner. Sigh.

  2. Everytime I read one of your posts about clearing out I think I need to get rid of many of the things I have collected over the years. It is just such a hassle. I need to make eBay my new best friend.

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