Thursday, May 05, 2016

Getting Rid of Stuff

One of my retirement projects involves getting rid of a lot of stuff.

When you spend a career in the military, you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. And one of the results of the accumulation of a lot of stuff is the necessity to store all that stuff ... often in an expensive rented storage space*. As we economize, getting rid of that storage space becomes important ... but forces us to decide what to do with all the stuff that's now sitting there.

Here's a brief sample of what we're storing: a day bed and mattress; two saddles (one English, one Western) and a homemade stand; hundreds of empty boxes for our fragile collectables; an ugly old chandelier; a large dog cage; a kitchen warming drawer; Christmas decorations, power tools for working with stained glass; and an electric snow blower.

Today, I'll be starting to move the empty boxes into the small crawlspace under our front stairs. We're looking at installing pull-down stairs to the attic and laying a cheap plywood floor so that we can put some of that stuff up there, and I'm planning both a major yard sale and a trip to the county landfill.

Need stuff? We got it. Make me an offer.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* You can read about my problems with that rented space in this post from August, 2015.


eViL pOp TaRt said...

Wow! Sounds like a real job. did you really retire, or just change jobs? I hope you get no discarders' remorse. I never did, if that helps.

Mike said...

If I throw something away, two days later I find out out that I needed it. That just needs to happen once to forever really slow down discard plans.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Gee Bill retirement is sounding like such fun.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

I thought moving was caused people to discard stuff. Sounds like a lot of work.

Grand Crapaud said...

Casting out old stuff is hard. The memories creep in.

allenwoodhaven said...

Stuff will certainly accumulate to fill available space. It's amazing how much collects over the years.
Good luck with it.