April 25, 2014 |  Category:   life




We went into this antique store somewhere in coastal Massachusetts and spent some time exploring through all the treasures and junk. It was set inside an old three story house, including the yard and garage, and as much as I loved looking at all the stuff it also gave me heart palpitations thinking about how huge a task it would be if the owner ever had to vacate the space (yeah, my mind wanders to places like that). There must have been millions of items collected on shelves, baskets, containers, some collecting dust; it was not unlike a museum of sorts, a catalog of old tools, objects and trinkets.




Exiting the store after an hour felt almost like a relief, if that makes any sense, and made me want to declutter my life. I’m not talking about the stuff that accumulates in our homes, but the things that weigh us down and prevent us from moving on – insecurity, self doubt, measuring our self worth based on the actions (or inactions) of others.

Sometimes you have to initiate the closure you seek, yourself.



It’s time for Spring cleaning, friends. Well, maybe if you’re not the owner of this particular store. Some things are better left untouched.

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  • cantaloupe April 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I get claustrophobic just looking at those photos.

    • Jenna April 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      ha! It was definitely easy to feel claustrophic there, especially the basement.

  • Lakshmi April 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    So true, Jenna… I get this urge a lot myself. To strip away all the non-essentials, to streamline my time, energies, intentions and efforts, to be more purposeful and deliberate. Sounds great, huh? :)

    • Jenna April 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      It’s a good reminder. Spring cleaning, yes?

  • Karmen April 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I get the same feelings re: stores like that! much like every item I look at to put in my house (light fixtures, furniture etc) goes through the “how easy is it to clean” dialog!!! “oh, cute light fixture – but oh my gosh, it will get really dusty & how in hell will I keep it clean!?!?”
    looks like a fun trip for you all!

    • Jenna April 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      it made me think about the day that I might have to clear our my parents house one day! God, that’s awful to even say!

  • JustineH April 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Can you be more specific than “somewhere in coastal MA”? I’d love to go poke my head in.

    • Jenna April 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      I don’t know exactly! We just pulled over, but it was on the way to Rockport from the Crane Estate in one of those towns along the way, I think Essex. There were a lot of antique shops.