Getting On Top of House Cleaning
Digging out from under....
25% Progress, and 75% to go....
To know where I am coming from and how far I still have to go, click here: http://perspycacious.hubpages.com/hub/The-Already-Too-Full-House-An-Essay .
Now the impossible takes a little longer, at least someone said or wrote that and I have come to believe them.
The big upstairs room with the vaulted ceiling started out looking like this:
Making space when there seems to be none.
That's in case you rushed on without clicking the link above.
That room with three standing bookshelves, four desks, five filing cabinets, and all you can see in the photo (and not see) was to be empty!
While the rest of the house was not quite that "packed to the gills," it was far from empty, and the full, semi-finished basement, was another repository which could well have qualified us to be on the TV show "Hoarders."
To our credit perhaps was the fact that we had gone through three businesses one after another, including a restaurant, and those hadn't been completely digested and buried. The remnants were now cluttering the space we would need in order to vacate that needed room.
Fortunately for me (the he-man of the house) our two nephews were ready and willing to help.
The First Step:
It seemed quite logical that what was needed was more space. Starting with a finite space that was packed with "stuff" the first step was to get rid of some of the "stuff" in order to have room to start relocating valuable items that could not be buried right away.
We started with the basement.
It didn't take long to realize that at least temporary use of a storage unit would give us a real advantage. One was located within a mile of the house and we took two approaches: (1) if something was ready to be buried, it went to the trash bins or to recycling, and (2) if something had value but no immediate usefulness, it went to the storage unit.
The Second Step:
For the desks, filing cabinets, bookshelves and other items that needed relocating, there were two choices: (1) daily use items could remain in the living quarters, and (2) everything else could now be moved to the emptying basement in a gradual shuffling of items out to the storage unit, and upstairs items down to the basement. We decided to devote about two hours a day to this rotation, meanwhile focusing on emptying the room we needed for a son and three grandsons coming again soon.
The Third Step:
In the process, there were items which could be repaired or donated to a local charity. Some duplicate items which had gradually accumulated were donated, and a yard sale was planned, along with a serious study of "The Official ebay(R) Bible". Antiques were found and a trusted antique dealer was consulted on those items.
Where does that leave us in the process?
Better organized for the final push, but only 25% completed.
With a glimmer of "the end" in sight, the task ahead is not so formidable. What once seemed overwhelming, even impossible, is now on a path to accomplishment.
Will we like the result? You bet we will. In the meantime there is a side benefit. We are getting in better shape just from the lifting and moving, and we might end up happier and slightly richer in the process! (even after someone goes on paying $100 a month for the time we rent the storage locker....and who knows at this point how long that is likely to be!)
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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