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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Big Clean-Out



Time to dejunk here at the AOW household.


I have some dear friends coming over to help with the lifting and have also scheduled special trash pick-up scheduled for later this week.

Mr. AOW have lived here nearly 41 years and my extended family since 1949.  When family members moved out, they left a lot behind "in storage."

Two sheds, a cottage and a cellar are packed full.  I will, of course, be keeping items with sentimental value: for example, my father's hand plow, which dates back at least to 1921:


"One man's junk is another man's treasure."

Other junk is, well, JUNK!

We spend the first 40 years of our lives accumulating "treasures" — and the next 20 years getting rid of that treasure. Otherwise, our possessions suffocate us!

12 comments:

  1. As soon as my garden is "caught up", I will be doing the same thing. Sometimes I look around a marvel at the amount of crap we have.

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  2. You are an inspiration! I dread going down into the basement, but soon a requirement.

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  3. I'm constantly trying to de-clutter! Good job for tackling your stuff, and I know you'll feel great when it's gone.

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  4. Every house needs to be given an enema -- at east once a year. ;-)

    The Pack Rat Syndrome is hard to defeat in ourselves.

    Be sure to have a YARD SALE, AOW.

    Never forget that one woman's trash is another's treasure.


    CHEERIO, and GOOD LUCK!

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  5. You should have a big sale, make some money.

    I need to do the same thing, clean out the attic and house, storage building and get rid of a bunch of stuff. I'm a "cleaner-outer", my hubby is a "keeper". sigh

    Debbie
    Right Truth
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  6. AOW, I have been doing the same thing. Surprised at how much stuff we didn't need and were able to get rid of.

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  7. Can you please send your friends over here after you're finished with their help? :-)

    Good luck, Always...it's going to feel GREAT when it's done!

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  8. Now that you've made me feel sufficiently guilty...

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  9. Four of us have been working almost non-stop for over 5 hours.

    We've barely made a dent!

    Well, except for the cellar, which needs to be readied to receive a new furnace in the next week or so. I can't believe that the men got that old washer out of the cellar and to the curb.

    Already one scavenger has stopped by. He took the kegger-tap, or whatever that appliance is.

    The crew of 3 will be working through the night.

    My back is cooked for a while. I'm heading to bed for a few hours. Then back at it tomorrow!

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  10. I sure wish I had just 1 more possession, a circus tent! That's what I need to have a humongous yard sale!! I'd have a garage sale, but it's to full of crap. Anybody in the market for a 1980 something Honda motorcycle that my wife has had stored in our breezeway for the last 15 years?(it has not moved since we put it there.) How about a claw foot cast iron bathtub full of mulch? Or maybe the wood from a 150 year old piano I scrapped about 8 years ago? I could continue, but I think you get the idea.

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  11. AA,
    I hear ya!

    Mr. AOW was a pack rat -- not a hoarder. We have MOSTLY useful stuff, but Mr. AOW is in no condition to work on cars now. I does me no good to have all that car-repair material.

    You mentioned: the wood from a 150 year old piano I scrapped about 8 years ago.

    I wanted to get my 1966 Huntington spinet piano (burled walnut) to the curb, but after almost 24 hours of working constantly, my crew and I were worn out.

    I've had many a yard sale. But I still have too much stuff left over every time even though I'm in a hot spot for yard sales. Every time I have a yard sale, at least 500 people show up!

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