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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!


  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.

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

  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.

  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.


  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

    Right Truth

  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.

  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!

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

  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!

  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.

  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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