I must have prayed hard enough because I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
I'd say I am about 50 % on my way to being decluttered!
I am not sure quite how this happened. Yes I have been chipping away at my problem. But I have gone to bed many nights wondering how my move to my family can possibly happen. It might happen!
These were (are) major clutter that need dealing with:
1. The huge basement here is still filled with things from our other house! It was a huge house with a pool and 2 acres of lawn! and we are now in a condo. (because DH is in a motorized wheelchair after his stroke in 2006). I was moving all by myself so I did the best I could but many, many things just got moved here. I, myself, sold the lawn tractor, hubby's car, a utility trailer, pool equipment, skiing stuff, other sports stuff, etc.!!!!!
2. A workshop full of tools, both my husband's and many of his father's ..and grandfather's!
3. Books and more books. We are 66 and are both readers. What can I say...
4. Handicap equipment gathered over the last 7 years. It is hard to say how this stuff accumulates!
5. Probably 40 years worth of his and my clothes and shoes.
6. Some of daughter's things.
7. Furniture that won't fit upstairs in the condo. (first floor--we have no second floor)
Matresses, dressers, a couch, chairs, a huge metal desk, wood from Dh's woodworking hobby,
his hunting stuff (mostly gone I think)...
I have managed to accomplish these tasks in the last year:
1. I just gave $900 worth of used clothing to the Salvation Army! That is probably 1/2 of what I have. I'd better wait till 2014 to give the rest or they will audit me!
2. All Dh's big woodworking machines are gone! Yeah
, too. I bartered with a former health aide. He is starting a business with his father. They needed equipment badly. So those two are dong carpentry and some handyman stuff here to get ready to move. They already fixed holes in walls( the big wheelchair made holes!). I let them figure out prices and haul the stuff away. They were thrilled. Even fixing prices was overwhelming me. I trust them both and feel we both benefited.
3. Now those 2 guys will refurbish my wood floors. After 6 years they are only a little worn but not good enough to impress a condo buyer. Two bedrooms, a hall, and a huge open living/dining room area. I will owe them only $400 for labor after bartering with them!! I think it is a great deal.
(Um and yes I was a full time teacher till a little over a year ago. And I have depression and fibromyalgia. So I have often gotten help from friends and a little help from family who live far away.)
MY HUGE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW: how can they refurbish the floors with us here. I wanted to go to a motel for 2 nights. But taking care of DH in a motel is practically not possible. I have done it twice. Once for a wedding and once for my own family's reunion. I really don't want to go through that again. And he is harder to transfer now. We use a lift all the time.
I am boxing up condo stuff so the guys only have to move boxes and furniture to refurbish the floors. . But it is still overwhelming .
At some point I will probably ask my daughter (31) to help but honestly, it is easier doing it with strangers and by myself. i have resigned myself to that.
You folks have supported me through these years. You have no idea how much I have benefited from your encouragement and ideas.
If we move within the next 2-3 years, it will be wonderful. I sort of wish my family lived in a a more temperate climate than Buffalo.