What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

two-drawer chest

on May 25, 2014

Here’s another item we acquired while furnishing a larger house than the one we live in now. We put it in the guest bedroom so visitors would have something to unpack into, but so far as I know, no one ever did … it just sat empty. More recently it’s held a few card games and a chess set, but there was more air in it than anything else.

I had a notion of spicing it up by painting it Chinese red and lacquering a golden dragon decal to it. (I’d admired a friend’s similar transformation of an otherwise unremarkable piece.) That might have looked good, but wouldn’t solve the problem of what to use it for. Still, I got stuck on that plan.

Then the chest became something of an attractive nuisance. Unprocessed mail and papers would pile up on horizontal surfaces like our dining table. We’d reach a crisis point, sweep it up and dump it in one of the drawers. Hey presto! apparent order! But that wasn’t really decluttering, it was procrastination. And out-of-sight, out-of-mind isn’t a good policy for papers, whether they’re important or ephemeral.

So we’ve decided it doesn’t belong in our house. We hope it will find use in someone else’s.

shedding style: resell
destination: craiglist

Comments welcome … are you storing any air?


2 responses to “two-drawer chest

  1. I got rid of almost all the shelves in cabinets in the living room and out bedroom a while back. Just so it wouldn’t store all the mail and papers.

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