Last week was clean out week here. I didn’t have childcare. I took the week off to work on getting a fresh start to my life. Kalissa, Craig, Karl and Kelli (Kayla was here one day too) hung out in the trenches with me. It was good as I needed help.
Some people thought it was “too soon” as Kramer only pass away a bit ago but for me the timing was perfect. We were planning a garage sale all along and now was the time. We dug deeper and cleaned out more than Kramer would have done himself but that’s okay. The half finished projects aren’t going to be finished by anyone here….except for the few projects we kept back.
The garage was never cleaner. NEVER except maybe the day before we moved in. HA!!
We had a good sale…we sold about $2500 worth of stuff. WOW…but there were LOTS of leftovers. By about 10am Saturday morning I could see that there were going to be a lot of leftovers. I started to try to figure out how on earth we were going to get through it all. The kids had already helped with so much. I felt terrible asking for more help now. How was I going to get rid of metal stuff. It can’t go in my garbage can. AH!! I’m not a real anxious person at all but I’ll admit to feeling a little anxious about it all. I was okay with boxing up the things that could be donated to the thrift store but what about this other STUFF.
See??? It was a lot. Little was worth anything…all of it were not things we could donate to the thrift store.
That stuff was all outside. We had stuff inside that we were able to donate so we started packing it up. Then Kalissa reminded me that last year when we had the sale we had a great response to our free stuff on the curb. I told her I was so pooped I didn’t want to drag it to the curb so we picked the few things out we wanted and then posted on Facebook that anything on the driveway that was left was free and they could come and get it….and come they did.
Karl and Kalissa took off with a load of stuff that could be donated and I started cleaning the garage. As I cleaned people came and picked through the leftovers. About a half hour after the posting someone came (Let’s call him Charlie) and was actually interested in the snow blower that hadn’t sold he didn’t say he wanted it but did start picking through the junk. A family came and was picking through the junk too. At the same time, someone else messaged Kelli that they were interested in the snow blower too. Well the person Kelli was talking to said yes first it happened to be a friend of her family.
So the guy “Charlie” got a little ambitious and started making a pile of the junk. I could tell he likely wanted some of the things that others were taking. About then the family left and “Charlie” came up to me and asked if I would hold everything for him if he promised to come and take absolutely everything that was left.
HECK YES!!! My problem was solved. It was the biggest blessing I’ve had in a long time. WOW…all of the crap that I was anxious about getting rid of had a new home. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Seriously, I was ready to give HIM money to take it. I didn’t as he was THRILLED at getting all of the stuff for free!!
So while he cleaned off my driveway, Karl and Kalissa delivered the stuff to the thrift store. I cleaned the garage and Kelli divied up the money.
Here’s my clean garage….WOW!
Kramer’s workshop corner still needs a lot of work. I’ll get to it someday.
Right now I’m moving on and getting into the house to do some cleaning that is long overdue and I have a living room that needs to get painted. Anyone out there that loves to paint?? I’d gladly take some help. I hate painting but it’s a necessary evil this time.