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Getting On Top of House Cleaning

Updated on August 17, 2014

Digging out from under....

Oh, what things we accumulate say about us!
Oh, what things we accumulate say about us! | Source

25% Progress, and 75% to go....

To know where I am coming from and how far I still have to go, click here: .

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.

Ready, set, "all of it gone!"  You have to be least I wish you were!
Ready, set, "all of it gone!" You have to be least I wish you were! | Source

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!)


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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Wow an overwhelming task, but a whole lot easier once you have made a hole in it. It is amazing what we accumulate over the years. I too am having a major clear out as we are planning to downsize. I sent a huge bag of clothing to charity, while my other half sent 3... em gives me more room to take over. Lol

      Nothing is as hard as it first appears. You are doing an awesome job and I am sure your family appreciate it.

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      Thank you.. see what you mean.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Just remember no "task" is easy. That's the whole reason behind our calling them a "task." Admittedly some "tasks" are easier than others, and some just seem easier, but all "tasks" are "tasks", with some more tasking than others. Just persist so that persevering you can complete any "task" you face, and put it behind you.

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      I needed that!It makes my task seem easier...

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rfmoran: Good for you! And a big BRAVO!....if you can finish the office space addressing in one day. As for "evergreen," the potential is there, but I like to visit the folks I follow and "resurrect" good Hubs they wrote several months ago, so that they "see the light of day" anew. I urge all of us to do the same favor for each other.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Voted up and useful. Talk about an evergreen topic. Today I address my office space!