While many individuals are taking the opportunity to wind down, relax and take some time off for a well earned break, it is going to be quite a busy 3 weeks around my home.Of course, Christmas and Boxing Day will be relaxed and laid back but once they are over we are concentrating on doing a renovation project here and once that’s completed,disposing of all our unwanted and surplus ‘stuff’ through E-Bay and a garage sale.
D is a hoarder, there is no good saying one thing and meaning another. He keeps EVERYTHING(I am the opposite, a minimalist). He has everything he has ever owned since he was about 12years old.To gain access to the garage one must turn sideways, breathe in and then use sheer brute strength to hold back the years of accumulated gear. It’s all there. A 26 ft ski boat( which will be staying as once the junk goes, we may be able to get int out of the garage and use it, instead of it being used as a large storage facility), fishing gear, water skis, hunting and camping equipment, even a wet suit that was last worn in 1980 which D has as much chance of ever wearing again , as he does gaining selection for the Olympics. LOL.
There is timber, plumbing materials and tools. Power tools, gardening tools, industrial lathes, drills, etc. etc. This is a small example of the garage and as long as it remains there I usually have no issue with it but over the years, the junk has been spreading like a malignant tumour, making its way firstly, into the ceiling cavity and slowly into other rooms. He has kept every single item that Prue owned for her first 10 years, including all the baby gear, books, toys, swings, fingernails from the first time they were cut, all lovely and of course I will keep these and they take up some of the ceiling space, I really have no idea what is in the rest of it and expect it all to come tumbling down through the plaster into the rooms below one day!
Magazines- some 40 years of fishing, skiing, shooting and also books of the same genres.I must admit, I have a substantial book collection and with the exception of professional texts and reference books, I am going to dispose of most of mine as well. I am still undecided about whether to throw out all my lecture notes(which are stored in bookcases in several folders)because quite often I find that I need them for a particular reference etc. but everything else has to go, either that or build another room in which to store the books and magazines.
Many other items such as unwanted crockery sets,presents and excess furniture, electrical items and electronic gear will all be going.Anything that can be donated to St Vinnies will go there and the rest is bound for E-Bay and the garage sale. D is reluctant as always about disposing of anything but I think even he can see that the time has come to be ruthless and let go of it. We may even make a dollar or two along the way to help with the renovations around the house!!!!! 🙂