Mimi’s Attic: Coming Soon — For Realsies

May 3, 2010

“One’s home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening – the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life – and can never find again.  After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up.”

-Lemony Snicket

Our house, in the middle of these streets...

Our house has a very efficient dishwasher — also a lengthy backstory about the numerous annoying things that happened with that dishwasher when we first bought our house, but that’s for another post, or, more likely, not for a post at all, because it’s not actually that interesting.

Anyway, we have a dishwasher, and beautifully painted walls, and rooms that stayed empty until we filled them with children.  And I feel grateful for our home, for the roof over our heads, especially because for the past few months, a cardboard box seemed to be looming on the horizon.  But, in my very heart of hearts, when I think about our house,  I hate it.  It’s a freakin’ mess.

Seriously, our house is messy in a way that defies explanation.  It’s way beyond the average life with kids mess — it’s a whole other thing, and we haven’t been able to get to the bottom of it, literally or figuratively.  I think it might have something to do with the fact that our house has absolutely no decor — we gathered furniture out of necessity, taking whatever we could get however we could get it.  We have no treasured knick-knacks, no well-placed artwork, no coordinated linens, or window treatments, or anything, really.  It’s almost as though “mess” is our house’s decorative scheme.

I’m always envious of homes that seem perfectly reflective of the people who live there … homes that are warm and inviting, but preserve their residents’ space at the same time … homes with things inside that have a story other than, “Oh, we got that at IKEA because the TV used to be on the floor.”

Mimi’s Attic, our new store, is going to give me a second shot at having the home I’ve always wanted.  There are things out there, possibly in your own home, that are really meant to belong to my family … to change our space in a way that makes it just a little more ours.  At the same time, sorting through the hodgepodge of furnishings currently in my domicile has allowed me to realize that some of the things we’ve been hanging on to must simply be waiting for their future owners.  Mimi’s Attic is going to help me create the kind of home that my children will eventually long for, even after they have new homes, with nicer wallpaper, and more efficient dishwashers.

Julie, hard at work, beautifying the new Mimi's Attic space

Mimi’s Attic can help you and your house too.  Whether you’re in need of some extra home beautication, or you need to purge your space of the things that don’t belong, we’re here to help.  If you’re ready to start selling your things to Mimi’s Attic, e-mail info@mimisatticithaca.com or call 607-319-5126 to set up an appointment and get your questions answered.   There are incentives for early birds (they catch worms, don’t you know), so contact us right away! 

-Meryl at the Goose


5 Responses to “Mimi’s Attic: Coming Soon — For Realsies”

  1. I really can’t wait for the opening. It coincides perfectly with our return to the area – yipee! I’m brainstorming now trying to decide what I might want to sell…

  2. Calina Says:

    Uh, wow. The way you describe your home is like you were standing in mine describing what you saw. And like you and your family, I think it may stem from the fact that there is no real style-it’s just what we’ve been able to scrape together. I’m working on it-through Craigslist, Freecycle, and Mimi’s Attic, maybe we can have homes that are havens rather than a place that makes us cringe! 🙂

  3. Meryl Says:


    I’m so glad to have company in this! For a brief moment during the post-posting radio silence I was worried that anyone reading this post was secretly thinking about what a lazy bum I must be for just sitting back and allowing mass disarray to occur, and then blogging about it, instead of using that time to paint and clean the kitchen. Perhaps some sort of home-to-home exchange (via Mimi’s, of course!) is in our future!

  4. Laura Says:

    I have to second that–I have said almost exactly what you said (about the no-style thing) to my husband a dozen times. And yet … while I understand the desire to create a home you love, I think we may be too hard on ourselves. Most of the time, when we see someone else’s home, we’re seeing it on its best day, when some effort has gone into making it presentable. Then we compare it to our own homes on their worst days. I bet someone else would walk into your home and see elements of beauty and comfort and “homeness” that you don’t see!

  5. Kelly Says:

    One thing I find interesting about nesting is how it seems to come and go in waves. I haven’t done anything to my house (including cleaning it) in a long time, but there were times in my life when I obsessed over finding the perfect cobalt planter to accent the living room. I enjoy the times where I primp my house more than the times where I ignore it, but I can’t seem to force the issue. I have to just wait for inspiration and the “wave”.

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