emotional clutter: a farewell to baab

I have been thinking about this day for several weeks. Maybe a month. I have known I have to do this, but I haven’t been able to come to terms with the reality.

With my move coming up in the next few weeks, taking stock of the items I’m bringing and those I am exfoliating, leaves me thinking about a special someone in my life.


Check out my video below where I explain who Baab is, and what I intend to do with him now that I’m moving forward.

Farewell dear Baab, you have been loved and will always live in my heart (and in this post).


PS- Did you notice the new Madison necklace I was wearing? It’s navy and shade :).

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  1. Emily

    good for you jess! LOVE the necklace by the way

  2. Jill

    bye baab! so true though, we just hang onto stuff for fear of having to let it go… not because it means anything to us anymore!

  3. Lauren

    noooooooo. jess!
    maybe i’m just sentimental…but i can never get rid of childhood stuff. so sad.

    p.s. love the necklace.

  4. Lauren

    noooooooo. jess!
    maybe i’m just sentimental…but i can never get rid of childhood stuff. so sad.

    p.s. love the necklace.

  5. pve

    sorry baab, seems you are going to be put out to pasture…or perhaps you will be lamb to someone new. Jess, you seem sad, but brave.

  6. Jess

    @ Emily: So glad you like the necklace, it’s one of my new favorites- totally something a year ago I wouldn’t even consider making. It’s exciting to see how my style is evolving.

    @ Lauren: I know. I put this off for a while. But really the stuffed animal is now more filled with dust mites than love, and he’s a pretty big guy to keep around in the closet.

    @ PVE: Yes, sad but brave pretty much describes it.

  7. Lora

    You are indeed a brave girl. And more grown up than I.

    I’m 53, my Mother died when I was 21 and I’m finally ready, this week, to donate the fabulous 50’s,60’s 70’s clothes of hers that I had just to keep and of course never got around to wearing (re painting is a great reason to clean out the depths of the closet). But I will never, ever be ready to give away Pinky! The pink ( I think) stuffed dog of indeterminate breed that I’ve had since I was tiny. I’ve actually given my friends notice that when I die, Pinky may not be simply thrown in the trash. He must be cremated and his ashes included in my urn or sprinkled over my grave.

    Is that so wrong?

  8. Jess

    @ Lora: That is an adorable story! I think everyone has their own perspective on sentimental items, especially stuffed animals. Pinky is a very lucky puppy!

  9. CB

    I remember Baab! I didn’t realize you still had him, haha! This is a cute video clip. When I showed it to Sahm and mentioned we could go through his “treasure box” using your approach, he ran away! Oh well. I guess I have to allow him to be sentimental.

    Very pretty necklace, by the way!

  10. Jess

    @ CB: I know, he’s still around, believe it or not. It is an interesting topic: emotional items that don’t have a place in our lives any more. People have very strong feelings one way or the other. As long as the stuff doesn’t take up too much room, it’s not always a big deal.

    For me personally, I won’t have the storage to keep something as large as Baab stored away. And I keep thinking of all the nasty critters living in his cotton to help me separate my memories from the actual stuffed animal.

    And I’m glad you like the necklace 🙂

  11. Amy

    Oh my gosh, Jess…I’m impressed and proud, but I must admit I covered BunBun’s ears as I watched your video. 😉 I give you so much credit–I think I would part with half my wardrobe (even my favorite outfits!) before I’d part with my beloved stuffed animal bunny that I’ve had for over 20 years. I think you’ve been ready for Baab’s departure to a better place for a while now though. Again, I’m so proud of you!

    And I love the necklace. 🙂

  12. This is so cute and lovely. Thanks for sharing! I found my baby blanket the other day, and can’t wait to have a kid so I can pass it on!

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