Yesterday morning I woke up and like magic the bright sun had disappeared to an episode of thunder and heavy rain fall.

I happen to love the rain. Especially since the past weather has been so hot and humid, and even more so because there hasn’t been much of it.  A heavy downpour turns the outside peaceful and desolute, and I find it cozy and comforting. Being the homebody that I am, the #1 reason why I love rain is that I don’t feel guilty about staying inside. I can watch television and read and peruse the internet without the sun nagging me to come out and enjoy it!

I spent this particular rainy day going through my room cleaning stuff out as well as adding to my bag of things to sell in what I hope to be a future mini yard sale. I’m all about getting rid of things that have been left untouched for years, or even months. Summer break is the perfect time to do so. The perks not only include de-cluttering, simplifying, and letting go of attachments to the past, but also rediscovering old items that now appear cool and new. My style and taste and interests are forever changing, so the things I once disliked have the potential of being presented to me in a totally new light. It’s like going to a yard sale or a thrift store – except it’s all my stuff and therefore free!

I wanted to share with you some of my recent findings and hope to inspire you to take the time to look through your room (and if you don’t live at home anymore to take a trip there) and see what you can a) get rid of and b) find new purpose in. Feel free to tell me your discoveries – I ‘d love to know!

Love this personalized, looks-like-a-kid-made-it beaded bracelet I think someone gave me for my Bat Mitzvah. The other has a heart shaped charm with my name engraved in it.

Found this lunchbox in a cabinet in the kitchen. Found a bunch of cool cards I can frame as wall art. Found this tin full of candy perfect for earrings, buttons, or little trinkets!

Mom’s old shorts I’d taken from her closet years ago, a pair of gloves from my grandmother, and a pink harmonica bought by a friend in Michigan.

Tiny book my best friend gave me one birthday. Going on the bookcase in my apartment.

Beads spelling out my name. Could make a bracelet or incorporate them into a crown.

Hat I got for $1 last year, supposedly Amish made. This summer I really want to try to start wearing it.

Unworn shoes hidden in the back of my closet I jazzed up with some new shoelaces. Shoelaces, or ribbon, are an inexpensive way to transform your shoes.

Snapshots of some of my childhood books. I love the illustrations!(From top to bottom: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans, Moostache by Margie Palatini, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord, Arthur’s Valentine by March Brown, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by Lynn Plourde, The Little Ballerina by Katharine Moss, Never Take A Pig To Lunch by Nadine Barnard Westcott, Angelina and the Princess by Katharine Holabird, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, and Walt Disney’s CinderellaOne Hundred and One Dalmations (I have a whole stack of these Disney books of the movies in illustrated, picture book form))

What’s also always fun (and mortifying) to look back on when I’m at home are my journals. I might have to take them back with me to Chicago to use as material for my comedy writing course in the upcoming semester. 😉

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  1. Victoria

    That’s awesome, Nay! You found some really great stuff! It’s always fun to find old treasures that you had forgotten about. I especially love love that Amish hat!

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