that's spring clean all year round really.
As most of you know I am still in middle of the never ending story of getting my house (formerly owned by my parents) ready to sell and part of that has been clearing the accumulation of all of my mom's stuff. Well, with the help of a friend, we finally got it all sorted, gave away what could be given away, sold what could be sold, and what remained was the keeper stuff and junk.
I never really thought it would be a big deal to have it all just carted away and today that happened. Two full truckloads and nearly $800 later (and that was the cheapest quote I got) and finally it's all gone. Sheesh I thought they might be cheaper than hiring movers given they don't have to be careful, but I was wrong about that. Nice pay for 2.5 hours work (and that includes the trip to the dump).
I have to say it would have cost me half of that if I had been (or rather had my parent's been when they lived here) throwing stuff out on some sort of regular basis, not saving those pieces of wood, carpet, and such that might just come in handy. A whole lot of the stuff that got loaded in that truck could have gone in the regular garbage pick up over the past several years and I have learned a lesson that hopefully I won't have to learn again. Watching a whole storage area full of 8" pieces of wood, old tires, a box of peices of pipe go flying into the truck made me wonder why that stuff was still hanging around.
Sure is nice to have that stuff out of the way now and maybe this house will actually have the sign up front by this time next week (still some painting to finish and then the staging).
Just as an update, this house now has pretty much every closet organized and neat, new floors down, when I'm done, all new paint, most lights replaced, and half of my possessions already packed and stacked in boxes ready to move. It's sure nice to have someone around who likes to organize and knows how to do it because I have never had such an organzied house before.
I've definitly learned it's expensive not to throw stuff out on a regular basis.