Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Getting Rid of Stuff, Part 2
My effort to get rid of a lot of stuff continues.
I've spent much of the last few days going through our rented storage space and getting reacquainted with everything that's in there ... here's a partial list:
1 wooden coffee table (Ikea);
1 wooden breakfast table (Ikea);
1 enormously heavy office work table (Ikea);
1 enormously heavy desk with drawer unit (Ikea);
1 wood-frame day bed with two twin mattresses;
1 overlock sewing machine;
1 antique Singer sewing machine;
1 dog cage (but no dog);
1 dog travel kennel (but no dog);
3 old, but serviceable suitcases;
1 electric snow blower;
1 hideously ugly chandelier (that came with the house and we replaced with a more attractive one);
Assorted kitchen appliances (food processor, toaster oven, ice cream maker, fold-out electric griddle;
Assorted power tools for working with stained glass;
1 kitchen warming drawer (with installation instructions);
Jimmy Hoffa (just kidding, but I haven't gotten all the way to the back, yet);
1 pre-lit 7-foot artificial Christmas tree in 3 sections;
Assorted seasonal decorations;
1 Western saddle;
1 English saddle;
1 homemade saddle stand;
Several boxes of assorted extra ceramic tiles for bathroom walls & floors;
2 large plastic boxes of cat litter (but no cat ... used for ice melt in winter);
1 rollator (practically new);
1 well-pounded heavy bag (dating from my karate days); and,
756,493 empty boxes for collectable porcelain figurines, David Winter cottages, etc.
Not included in the above is a very large Ikea shelf unit spanning two of the four walls, on which much of the above was stored.
I have determined the following:
1. We have way too much stuff.
2. We are going to have either a huge yard sale or a huge bonfire.
3. The trunk and back seat of a Toyota Avalon will only carry so much per trip.
4. You can always rationalize why you needed to keep something, no matter what it is.
5. Advil is your friend.
6. So is gin and tonic.
The de-stuffing of the Maison de Bilbo goes on. I'll let you know how it goes.
Have a good day. More thoughts coming.