I really don’t want to do a yard sale. Yeah, I could use the money and it’s a good way to meet the neighbors, but the time, and hassle, and possible creeps, and the early birds who think clocks don’t apply to them….
I don’t think I have it in me, and I think my time would be better spent working. Funny how when you start working at home you view time that way. Three days spent setting up and putting on a yard sale is three days I’m not making things to sell for my business or doing administration.
So there are two thrift shops in easy reach. One is a little farther away but the proceeds go to the needy. I don’t know about the other one because before I got to check it out they got their signs professionally reprinted WITH AN UNNECESSARY APOSTROPHE!
Now, I’m not pedantic enough to correct people tweeting, or updating a status, or making a point conversationally in a comment, or even in a handwritten sign at Halloween advertizing “pumkins”.
But really? If you get a sign professionally printed to represent your business it needs to be spelled and punctuated correctly. Not doing so says to me you either lack attention to detail or you can’t admit you’re wrong, or both. Either way, I’m not going there.
Ideally I’d like to give all the baby stuff to the mother of a baby whose father is deployed overseas, but it’s hard to ask around for that without looking like a wacko. All those groups send care packages overseas but they don’t distribute used items here, or if they do I have to ship them to Kansas, or something.
I bought an herb set last summer because I was itching to grow something. It came with coconut fiber growing medium and pots that don’t drain. They would either overflow or the coconut would soak up the water and pop over the edges of the pots.
The plastic was very brittle so two of them cracked when the cat tossed them on the floor, and they came on a stand that was rickety and kept one side in the dark.
They’ve been sitting on towels on the windowsill.
Today I got pots the next size up in flexible cat-proof plastic with bottoms attached. Sagan picked the colors, (which means all of them). They don’t match anything in the kitchen but they sure are cheerful, and they are a simple enough design that we could paint things on them in the future.
I’m getting rid of the yucky ones and the “strawberry pot” that I never seem to be able to grow anything in.
When I revamped the garage and made a space for “Garage Sale/ Freecycle” I finally got a single area to fill up, so the moving boxes in different corners of the house collecting non-useful things slowly made their way there over the next few days.
I figure if I haven’t taken anything out in the last few months we can do without them.
I put a new empty box in the bedroom for outgrown clothes because tossing clothes in there until it was full and shipping it off to the garage worked so well.
After getting the playroom set up it’s been much easier to stick to the rule of getting rid of the same volume of toys that come in. Sagan’s uncle brought him a truck and some soldiers so the two of us immediately went down and picked out things he hasn’t played with in awhile and put them in the garage. He took one small noisemaker out of the bin that he decided he wanted to keep and replaced it with a small plush toy so it evened out.
I have a rule he can only have as many toys as we can put away together in ten minutes. (It sounds pretty strict put that way but you can put away a surprising range of toys in ten minutes! Every time he gets faster at it we add more Legos.)
I routinely sift through what he’s been given and set aside the toys he’s bored with. I also have a storage spot for toys he can’t get yet because it would take too long to clean up, (like the rest of his Legos.)
If I bring them out and he’s still uninterested, I put them in a box with the clothes he’s outgrown so I can give them away.
I also actually encourage him to be rough with them because I love the idea of Tinkering School. If something breaks we either fix it together or take it to pieces and get rid of it.
He’s 17 months and is already pretty adept with an electric screwdriver (pressing the button while I hold it still, anyway) and understands when something needs to be sewn or cleaned. He also knows when batteries need recharging.
I really can’t wait until that Let’s Rock Elmo dies. I want to see how it works.
As I unpack I’m finding some bent and broken things.
Most of them I’m throwing out. Cat sun catchers collected for me by other people, for instance. Cute for awhile but I don’t need them for anything and the suction cups are always falling off the windows.
Some of my paintings got packing material stuck to them. I’m not sure it’s possible to save them. I certainly can’t sell them in this condition but a few of them are flood paintings so it’s not like I can just paint over the parts that are damaged. I’d have to cut it off and build it up again. Not sure it’s worth it.
One is Color Study of Kitty Heads. My son likes to touch it so I’ll probably just hang it over his play area in the basement.
Now that we’re moving I’ve become more merciless.
Everything left has to fit in the last Ubox. Half of that will be taken by the bed, couch and TV stand.
I am leaving or selling my monstrous yet fabulous desk. It will cost more to move it than to get a new one. My husband is getting rid of his matching desk and file cabinet so I have a chance to get one in a different stain. If I get a new one instead of installing a work closet I’m going to make sure I put it on casters this time.
At first I started sorting the remaining things in “Keep, Toss, and Keep if there’s room” but I think I’ll just toss everything that’s not “keep”.
There are things I already sent that I wish I’d gotten rid of but I had one day to pack a small truck so I’ll have to throw them out at the other end.
The DVDs: Ugh. We had 600 DVDs. 100 of them were mine and half of those were the Babylon 5 sets. 100 DVD cases takes up a 30-gallon recycling bag. We have 12 bags of trash and recycling out there now. I hope the hauler takes more than that because I still have 2 days left to add to the pile.
I made a list of the things we can get rid of when we move. Many of them are cleaning tools, with other stuff like cheap towels and potholders.
At Amazon I made a wishlist of replacements made of more durable materials, plus some things I’ve missed having while I had no counter space.
Also, I’ve gotten rid of over 200 DVD cases so far. :)
Last week I emptied my CD cases by putting all the CDs in a Disk Selector like this one. I got one for computer and photo backups but I had an 18 gallon tote of CDs in a corner upstairs just taking up space. All the music is on my computer so they’re just there as musical backup. What do I need the cases for?
Cases went to the curb today. I also started on one for DVDs that I never intend to sell this afternoon. I’ve only gotten as far as Babylon 5 and Firefly, but that’s about 2 feet of cases reduced to 6 or 7 inches of space. The great thing is that I can put the movies where they belong within the series.
I wish I’d thought of this before I packed up our DVD collection in boxes. I have half a mind to rip them all open and get more disk selectors.
I got rid of all but two sets of sheets and a pile of old towels today. They took up an 18×18x24 box.
I find more things I don’t need. And it’s not even like I have stuff sitting out. I’ll look in a drawer for a pen and toss a bunch of things. Like pens I don’t like.
Why do I keep those? It’s not like I don’t have enough pens I do like.
Hopefully moving will help finally streamline this to the lowest possible level.
My living room looks like this now that the new carpet is in, (except I have moved the plant on the little cabinet and replaced with a mini rose).
Will be giving away that computer after I finish moving my music.
Also, I just got rid of a 16-gallon tote of old anthropology info, as well as my morgue file of art by old masters from college, because I can probably find better info and images on Google now.