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Maybe solved (somewhat) Huge,Huge Decluttering Problem

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

My condo basement has everything from the big house we moved from. emoticon

I sold that house with no help emoticon from anyone--except some wonderful friends who did certain projects there for me. DH had a stroke in 2006 and even before that he was not capable of helping me. I was teaching full time through all of this. Even the movers that I paid did not do their full share! My husbands brother's WIFE and their 3 teen BOYS were there on moving day. Eventually his brother came to help us get into the new condo. And his brother also helped me majorly getting organized with finances. DH's other brother built us a huge ramp on our 'old house' and another ramp on the condo we moved into.

So I have this lovely condo now with a packed basement. I eventually want to move closer to family who are now 400 miles away. to sell it obviously I have to clean the basement!!!!

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It was suggested to get started, that I contact an auction house. emoticon

I emailed one that specializes in such problems as mine.
A friend told me for $160 a truck will come and haul away the stuff appropriate for auctioning.

After auction, I'd get some money from those things. Even if I don't get a great deal of money, $160 is way cheaper that hiring people to help me clean my basement. And it is way easier than asking friends to help me do the job little by little or sell things on ebay or craigeslist. I do not have that kind of energy and there is no one to help me do this. emoticon

When those things are gone from the basement, I can call Salvation Army or someone to take boxes of clothes away. There are all those clothes that my disabled hubby can no longer wear and of course there are boxes of my clothes which need to go. emoticon

I did not know an auction house would do this. emoticon

I thought I'd have to get rid of stuff little by little with lots of work on my part. emoticon emoticon I do not have the energy for doing all that. I can barely keep things together

I am so very grateful that this was suggested to me. this friend did it this way so she know from experience! Yippee! chris

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EATVEGAN 2/8/2013 1:58AM

    Wouldn't GoodWill or Teen Challenge take it away for nothing? Or maybe the local Mission? You wouldn't get any money out of it, but it shouldn't cost $160 either. And you'd have the blessing of giving to a good cause. I know they may not be as willing to come as they once were, but it's worth a try. emoticon

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EASTENDCLAM 2/6/2013 6:30PM

    Sounds like some supportive family. That's always the best.

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JAZZII4 2/6/2013 5:07PM

    Good luck! I have a lot of stuff I need to get rid of also. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 2/6/2013 2:05AM

    It bothers me that they are charging you for hauling just what they want. I could understand a consignment fee, but a hauling fee too? Hope it works out well for you. I guess the hauling fee is cheaper than a dumpster, less stressful than sorting for a garage sale, and of course more sustainable.

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SHAMROCKY2K 2/6/2013 12:34AM

    THANKS for sharing with US too.. It will probably help a few of us down the road.
Moving is tough and so emotional. You deserve a strong woman award.
(It's good it's not real.. so you don't have to give it to the auction house.)

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NAPPO_LYNN 2/5/2013 11:43PM

    I did something similar but they did not offer the service of coming to get the stuff. I had to get it to the auction house. I was a little disappointed in how much I got but over all I was just happy to have all that clutter gone. I think you will be happy, too. Good luck.

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123ELAINE456 2/5/2013 9:37PM

  Sounds like a Great Plan to me. Make sure there isn't any keepsakes and things that you want to keep all of it though. Have someone there when they come to pick everything up. I will have to see if we have something like that here in Portland Oregon USA. Have a lot of new kitchen things, bedding etc. that I can't use. God Blessings to Everyone and Have a Super Nice Day and Evening. Hope that You are getting plenty of Rest and Sleep too. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LINOVER 2/5/2013 9:28PM

    Sounds like a great idea, Chris! Hope everything goes well for you! We need to do a lot of decluttering too! I have two housefuls of stuff to get rid of and have gradually been donating to Goodwill each year! I will have to see if there is anyone in our area that will do this.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 2/5/2013 8:57PM

    Sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

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WINNIE-POOH 2/5/2013 8:12PM

    I hope it all goes well. I am trying to shake my hoarding and cluttering. It is a daily prayer for me. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 2/5/2013 8:06PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing it. Far too often we cart around boxes of stuff we no longer need. I am trying to sort through items myself!

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MERRYMARY42 2/5/2013 7:56PM

    I have never heard of this, but what a great idea, every one wins it sounds like

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TEENYSMOM 2/5/2013 7:39PM

    Chris, I wish we lived within a few miles of one another. I'd love to be there to help you and keep you company.


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LIVELYGIRL2 2/5/2013 5:57PM

  Sounds so much easier, and PattyCakes17 had some good advice, about picking through to make sure you don't have anything real valuable.

Yes, a list is good too, because they could make alot, depending... emoticon

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HDHAWK 2/5/2013 4:40PM

    What a great solution. Easy and relatively inexpensive with not much work on your part. Very nice!

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PATTYCAKE17 2/5/2013 4:20PM

Isn't that wonderful that you found out about the help that was available to you! So happy for you. Just a cautionary note: Keep an eye on what is going out of your home for three reasons:
#1. Most important, you want an inventory before and after the auction;
2. You may want to keep a few select items that you may have forgotten were packed and stored. Give yourself a limit on the latter, but be present.
3. Your helpers are in business to make money for themselves first, and you second.
My neighbor was in the business and did the work for me for $800 and kept the spoils for himself. He now has an auction house locally, but sold it all privately in his antiques business.I have since forgiven him after lots of prayer and "self talks." Remember it's a business deal even though you are so grateful for their service.
Be sure to put it into prayer and get God in on the deal with you ! emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS. A s an afterthought: A lot of my problem occurred when the house deal fell through and I didn't get to downsize and move after all. It was then that I realized what had transpired and my loss. I suppose if I had moved as planned I emoticon wouldn't have given it so much afterthought. Sorry, don't mean to be a downer

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DADDYS_GIRL6 2/5/2013 4:10PM

    Congrats!! Hope it all goes as you plan!

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DESERTJULZ 2/5/2013 3:33PM

    Huzzah! What a great idea!

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LIS193 2/5/2013 3:00PM

    What a great solution to get rid of all that clutter! No need to sort, and take it one box at a time - One haul and it's all gone!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 2/5/2013 2:52PM

    Often we're so overwhelmed that we can't imagine that there could be another way than the only way we know won't work. Being able to think outside the box and asking others for ideas gives us the chance to try something new or something we didn't know existed. Sometimes we have to take the first step based on someone saying the staircase is there.

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CMFARRELL36 2/5/2013 2:22PM

    Great solution to a nuisance dilemma.
Oh well - my friends here know that my house is a work in progress, and I have support friends in America for decluttering, so accountability.
Another option for a house clearance, which my brother and I used after our Mum died, was to phone a charity shop (in our case the local Hospice shop) who came and removed all the furniture etc that was left. It was then up to them what they did with it - but it didn't cost us anything to have this done.

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1AVERY 2/5/2013 2:13PM

    I am so happy for you did you make the call already if not do it now so you don't procrastinate and it is still there a month from now. It is a great idea and probably costs less than my suggestion of getting a declutter expert in to help you.
Way to go and once the basement is emptied you can start on the upstairs and you know what the expert says I did go to a seminar that this lady does and she said it is way to overwhelming so only do it for an hour or so and if you can do it with a friend or someone there to even chat with it gets done faster and you don't feel the stress and frustration. Most of the time the biggest obstacle is where do I start. Teri emoticon

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SEATTLE58ANEW 2/5/2013 1:58PM

    When my parents passed away and we had to get rid of everything left in the house, that we didn't want, we got a truck and driver from a local Value Village and he came and he and us loaded up that truck full of things and away he went. That was a blessing to us because with me living 1500 miles away, I couldn't sit there and list it on ebay or craigslist either and it was worth it to get rid of it and to not get any money for it. Auction is a way to go too, if you feel you'll make out with it. It sounds like you could. We didn't have very many fancy things. Good luck to you!! In all depts.!!


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SUSANBEAMON 2/5/2013 1:23PM

  last time i moved, i had my sofa recovered. they picked it up at the old house, tightened it and refinished it, and delivered it to the new place. the rest of the stuff i moved with help from my daughter and her then husband.

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    Awesome idea! I did something similar when I moved from one houes to another. I had a piano to move. It was going to cost only $50 more to have it picked up, refinished and delivered to the new house once completed that it would cost to simply move it. So, I got it moved AND refinished at the same time. You have to love a win-win!!

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CMESLIM 2/5/2013 12:44PM

    Glad you found a solution to your dilemma. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 2/5/2013 12:33PM

    sounds like a plan

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