We told our kids to come get anything they wanted. I developed new friends in the donation room at Harmony House. We let our staff at 417 shop (for free) in our mock garage sale. We learned which charities pick up and which accept dropoffs. As for all our family photos—ugh. See below for my solution to that problem.
Everything was going great until I opened the first of many Christmas decoration boxes. That’s when the meltdown came. Letting go of old prom pictures and news clippings of glory days was much easier than letting go of decorations I had collected for years. In the end, I narrowed it down to two boxes.
We bought a 1,450-square-foot condo in One Parkway Place in downtown Springfield and gutted it to recreate a sleek, contemporary urban space. We measured the furniture we wanted to take and drew out spaces on the floor to make sure we knew exactly what to keep and what we could shed.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t still miss some of my treasures. But, ask me about my next trip and take my mind off the past. I’d love to tell you about my future.