Tuesday, July 10, 2012
When I have so much to do and only so much time I usually do what has to be done first. The problem there is I never get to the things that need to be dealt with Ė even though there is not a time limit.
So Now-I am on a time crunch-
I have about six tote bins, big chest, and five boxes at least of stuff to go through yet. The local animal shelter, itís called pet refuge, is having a sale and I'm donating everything I don't want. (except for clothes because they don't want those). I have them scheduled to come Saturday morning to pick up my stuff so far I have five boxes of stuff, a lawnmower a couple automatic kitty boxes for them to take. (5 bags of clothes which will be going to good will) I just want to pitch every thing. And that is what I am going to do. Take a quick look- pull out the most interesting or useful things and just get rid of the rest.
My mom has had things here for years. 10ís of years. Some things have been in this house that were my grandmothers from 50 years (or more) ago.
My mom came over and actually went through some stuff. She threw out 3 small glass jars, a plastic lid and took home one thing. she said it is just so emotional. My grandfather made a record of my mom crying when she was an infant.
and my grandmothers yearbooks, my dads yearbooks, a postcard from the very early 1900's. She feels depressed because there is no one to give them to that would want them. I told her- I can only keep a few items that are 'family heirlooms'. If there were a bunch of children in the family to split them up it wouldn't be a problem but there is only me. and you only need so much. A lot of the things that were my great grandmothers are really cool- still you only have so much space to keep things that you don't use .Anyway... so she is depressed now because I don't want them and my daughter only wants a couple of things too. she thinks my daughter doesn't care about our family But she does. she just values different things- mostly things that hold memories for her.
The other problem is I had a very bad water problem in the basement and things are very musty smelling. some even have mold on them. What do you do with musty smelling books? Even if they are 1st additions signed by the author? My daughter only wants a couple of things too. she thinks my daughter doesn't care about our family But she does. she just values different things- mostly things that hold memories for her.
The other problem is I had a very bad water problem in the basement and things are very musty smelling. some even have mold on them. What do you do with musty smelling books? even if they are 1st additions signed by the author?
I donít even want to go down there. I know she got most things OUT of the cabinet but now they are just sitting out on the workbench. NOT what I want either.
If anyone has idea on what to do with things- I am open for advice. There are also Raleigh coupons and TrueValue coupons that you canít turn in anymore. There are S&H green stamps that you can actually send in and trade them for S&H GreenPoints and then get gift cards and other merchandise. Every thing requires so much time to deal with. I just donít want to give the stuff more time.
I hate to just give away all this stuff but I donít want to have a garage sale or take the time to sell it. Sometimes peace of mind that it is done is the most valuable. I just need to get that across to my mom. Sometimes she is so smart. She will say ďIt is only worth what you can get for it.Ē A collectors book might list something for $200 but you can get $20 for it today. You can hang on to it for another 30 years but what is the point? Take the $20 or in this case- donate the stuff and take it off of your taxes and LET IT GO.