I am so embarrassed to show y’all this, but we’re all friends here in the blogosphere and I know you won’t hold this against me even though I cringe every time I look at this picture and think about all the stuff we accummulated through the years that now is going to end up in a landfill. After 15 years of living in this house and raising two daughters and four cats here and then getting married to my college sweetheart who so graciously and patiently tried to fit himself in a house that never really was his, we have moved. One of the biggest parts of getting ready for the move was decluttering and cleaning out. And everytime I thought I had done that sufficiently, more stuff somehow magically appeared. Such as this pile we pulled out of the Scary Spider/Stink Room. I promise you that all this — and more — was stuffed into an under-the-stairs basement storage area. And it all had great meaning and value at one time, such as my daughters’ Sesame Street and Pound Puppies sleeping bags, which kept them safe and warm through many evenings of cuddles and TV watching. But they’re 26 and 24 now and really don’t need their old Sesame Street and Pound Puppies sleeping bags. The memories — and photos — are enough. I hate adding to the world’s trash load, but maybe somebody came by and at least rescued the sleeping bags from the curb before the trash truck came by. I only hope the rescuers washed the bags very very well in steaming hot water first. And as you can see, even with all our decleuttering, we still managed to fill a moving truck with Essential Items We Can’t Live Without. I shudder to think how many trucks we would have needed if it weren’t for the three yard sales and numerous clean-out campaigns we waged during the year our house was on the market. Jeremy — our moving guy in the photo top right — would not be smiling in that case.
And speaking of moving, Older Daughter graciously took over my newspaper column this week to give me an unpacking break. She is an awesome writer and did an homage to this house she grew up in as a farewell/break-up letter. Brilliant!
Lots of luck w/the move. Looking forward to seeing photos of your new place you will call home.
Wonderful article by Older Dauhghter. Wishing you good luck and happiness in your new home.
I have 4 huge plants from my friend at the Sheltie rescue when she moved to WV last month that I had to find a place for in the garage to over winter. I hope I don’t need anything along the back wall until Spring. I think my battery charger for my drill is lost in there somewhere. When I sold my house in MSC I was fortunate that the Ritz yard sale was collecting items for the sale. I hadn’t even started building my present house & had to store stuff. Looking at storage costs by the pound makes you take a hard look at what you have. I took 2 truck loads of furniture and other items from the 13 years of living in the house. It’s amazing what you can accumulate in a short time.
We’ll wind up with a pile at least that big at the new house of Stuff That Just Doesn’t Fit.
Thanks for the good wishes and kind words. Much appreciated.