This morning Barb is “suffering” as she prepares for her colonoscopy this afternoon. John picked up an old coffee can, wandered the garage (to get away from the sufferer), and picked up all the stray nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc.
Not sure how many items, but it has to be at least 18! John was not willing to count them.
So I walked into the garage to do a load of laundry and happened to look up to the top of the cabinets. Why?? Who knows! But I did find the home and supplies for the hermit crabs.
How long ago did we have Hermie and Crabby? I’m assuming about 12-15 years ago. Kiddo #1 was still living here and she graduated from high school in 2005. She moved away to go to college and has “never returned” (is that sounding too dramatic for this mommy??) I seriously doubt they were in our home her senior year – more likely earlier – hence the range. Does anyone remember when having hermit crabs was the big thing?? Early 2000’s??
So this morning we got up (not bright and early) to spend about an hour in the garage decluttering. Here are the 29 items we removed from our home. Now to load some into the car for a trip to the donation center.
3 plastic storage boxes.
1 wire closet organizer + 1 extra drawer
1 portable BBQ from John’s dad
1 gardening wire support
1 turkey fryer – used only once in 20 years
1 pair of crutches
1 child safety gate – ironically never used for our kids but to keep the dog away from the cat.
1 dried up rubbing compound
10 balls and 1 badminton birdie
1 pet watering bowl missing the water holding portion
6 miscellaneous trash things
We worked on another shelf that had all the large framed pictures from the walls and under the bed before the Great Flood of 2015. It has been about 2 years since we “moved” back in after the flood and the pictures were still bubble wrapped on the garage shelf. Can’t claim we work fast!
We decided to get rid of 5. The others will be put up in the house. We’ve gotten used to the bare walls. Adding a few pictures will be ok.
The nursery picture! So sad to see it leave but “Really? We still have this?”
Freezer Grandma made the wedding wreath needlepoint for us. We haven’t had it up on the walls for about 30 years. Another one of those “But Grandma made it for us.” discussions.
The Los Angeles girl and the Norman Rockwell were given to us by Barb’s mom. She “collected” these in the 80’s and when they downsized, we got them. They aren’t our style and really, who cares if someone I don’t know signed them. The Rockwell picture is supposedly signed by the boy model.
The seaside is one of those you get when you in your first home together and “have to” have something on the wall that you both agree on.
504 items gone so far this year!! We are 1/4 of the way to our 2017 goal!!
Yesterday John went through his box of stuff from his time living in Japan. So many fun things in it! He decluttered some of the stuff and ended with a smaller box.
Today we spent about 2 1/2 hours in the garage. We finished the rafters section and removed a few unwanted items. I’m not sure what John is doing in there at the moment but maybe decluttering his workbench???
On the very plus side, John can walk to his workbench without having to squeeze between the garage door and the air hockey table. We are so excited!!!
We go back to work on Monday. Our decluttering spree will be coming to a quick, screeching halt for a while. This was a very productive week!!
Stuff for the hazardous waste center – taken today!
More Christmas Lights and other Christmas Stuff
Random stuff from the Garage – shoe rack, expresso maker, dirt devil, stair stepper, albums, bowling ball, umbrella, and poster never opened.