We did it. WE MOVED. Insert big sigh here _________.
I was gearing up to post more packing tips, but my head is TOTALLY not there right now. I’m EXHAUSTED and my stuff is all in boxes sitting in a Pod in the driveway at the new place. Did we discuss how we’re buying the house I grew up in? My parents built this house almost 36 years ago which means there’s 36 years worth of stuff to get rid of. Oh boy. My parents haven’t lived in this house full time for awhile so a lot of things haven’t been touched in a looooong time.
The task has been challenging to say the least. I just cleared out my OWN house and now I’m doing another house, but this time it’s not MY STUFF! My mom is trying to go through everything and figure what to hold onto and what to get rid of…there’s SO MUCH STUFF! And right now I’m just an impatient High Straightenence gal who wants to get the house clean and completely EMPTY so I can paint, organize & make a home for my family. I also really want to see this house empty. It’s never been empty since I’ve been on this planet!
I really need to consider that this house stores a lot of memories for both my parents. I also have to remember that it can be really hard to get rid of stuff that you have emotional attachment to. I need to be more patient with my mom & her process and help wherever I can!
I could tell my mom was getting overwhelmed yesterday so I decided to make an organizing system so we can sort through the clutter.
We set aside the living room to be the sorting area. Different piles go to different places. I used pieces of paper to mark what each pile was for. When we were going through rooms, I asked my mom where things belong and then I immediately put them to the pile. Things went really fast this way and we made a HUGE dent in a few hours. It’s good because now someone else can come in and see a pile and help because the information is not just hanging out in one of our heads.
There are many more rooms to go through, a dumpster to arrive and loads of stuff to be taken away for donation. This is where I’m at right now…..getting rid of other people’s stuff.
Wish me luck!