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Day 4: Garage Clean Up

Sunday, April 07, 2013

4 days working along side my husband while we attack the Garage Spring Clean Up, and yes, HE is still alive. emoticon My sister in law told me yesterday when we spoke that I should have just sent my husband fishing while I did the clean up myself. Unfortunately it's too late for that now however I wish I had thought of it because it surely would have saved on the aggravation.

Nevertheless I am happy to say DH and I have gotten A LOT done even with our squabbles. 7 full trips to the dump as well as 5 garbage bags filled. Even though DH didn't let go of stuff without a battle we have made significant progress. emoticon We have separated and organized a large pile of boxes and things belonging to our daughter which she has promised to sort in early June when she's out of school. After which she will host her own yard sale. We've offered her the use of our yard for this venture so all she has to do is work the sale.

We also have a sizable pile of items for our own yard sale. emoticon DH and I will set aside a couple of days this week and clean any items that need freshening up, hang clothes, wrap up cords, etc as well as group like items together to make it easier for set up. Today we finished our day in the garage by checking to make sure everything electrical slated for the sale is in good working order.

Lastly, we have a 3rd section and this by far is the most difficult one for ME. emoticon See DH has trouble ridding himself of unused or miscellaneous this n thats. For me, it's more the sentimental things I can't let go of especially when it comes to anything related to my daughter or grandson childhood. I realise it's a psychological attachment but at any rate those issues are usually the hardest to let go of. This last section contains my grandson's, and yes, even some of my daughter's baby and childhood items such as high chairs, pack n plays, walkers, push toys, bikes, baby baths along with their miscellaneous toys, books, Barbies, dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, rattles, games, etc, plus loads of clothing. At present, I have two walk in closets full as well as a large section of the basement/ garage with these items, all boxed up neat, organized and labeled. I have 2 of every big item such as pack n plays, high chairs, bouncers, etc. Looking at all of it, it is a bit much to say the least. Yet, to be perfectly honest I am truly wrestling with this emotionally. Part of me thinks I should just "SUCK IT UP CUPCAKE!" and all of it. Another part of me says, "NO WAY, it's all way too sentimental." Not to mention, DH and I are still hoping for another grandchild one day. And than of course there is the happy medium part of me that says, "Go through all of it, keep some and sell the rest."

UGH!!!!!!! Decisions. emoticon
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CAPECODLIGHT 4/7/2013 6:49PM

    Sounds like you have made wonderful progress! As far as the sentimental things. It's not the things - its the memories you have associated with them. I suggest you help someone build memories also by donating most of it - especially stuff you have boxed up and don't even see now. You can always take a picture of the items before you give them away. Thne if you have the pictures in the album you can look through it and re-live the memories.
A long time ago, I realized that my "treasures" would be someone's "just things" some day. So, I moved them on. It's hard, but you can do it.

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LHLADY517 4/7/2013 6:16PM

    Good job.

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LKWQUILTER 4/7/2013 6:15PM

    I feel your pain Sallie--those decisions are the hardest. It is easier if you can get someone to go through stuff, especially if it is someone you really whose judgment you really trust. Or else, just do what you said at the last--keep some and get rid of the rest.

Have fun and keep on keeping on. You are doing GREAT!!!

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