Thursday, May 15, 2008

Downsizing!!


For those of you who suffered through my posts when we remodeled our Florida Room on our Sanibel home--well now, you have to suffer through cleaning my attic in my Findlay home!

We live in a 100+ year old home. It has a full basement, a first floor with 4 rooms, a utility room, and a half bath, a second floor with 4 bedrooms and a full bath, and a FULL attic. And I do mean full! We have lived here for about 35 years and after 46 years of marriage, two kids, and 5 grandkids and inherited items from parents, stepparents, aunts, grandparents etc--you tend to collect stuff! So, yesterday I started to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, and started pitching. Well, I didn't exactly pitch--I just moved it to the garage. I have this grandiose vision of having a garage sale this summer and making enough money to go to Ireland next summer. (yeah right!!). So now, my attic is half empty and my carriage house/barn/garage is full. I actually wore my pedometer yesterday to count steps and I had almost 7000 steps. That is 3 miles of up and down steps and walking to the barn. Man am I sore today!! So, now, I need to get back to the attic and start going through boxes and possibly weeding out more. But unfortunately, this is stuff I have saved (mementos and such-can't get rid of those!), books from my childhood (can't get rid of those!), antiques and glasswear from various relatives (can't get rid of those!), baby clothes from Mr. Snowbird, my kids and from me (can't get rid of those!), my wedding dress (can't get rid of that!). Well, you get the idea.

Anyway, I'm off to the attic. More later--if I can crawl my way back to the computer.


Oh by the way, Karen, is this your teddy bear or your brothers?????

7 comments:

gpc said...

Wow, you're finally doing something that I don't TOTALLY envy! (although I have to admit, I do envy the idea of having the throw away & donate items out of the house!)

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hee hee hee... that one is David's. I got out all my stuffed animals, you already sold those. I saved the few that really meant anything to me.

Drink lots of water! I know how deathly hot it can be up there.

Maybe you should do this work in the evening when its cooler?

Snowbird said...

Not so hot in the attic right now. It's in the 50's here so it's not unbearable yet. That's why I'm doing it now.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh my goodness, I think I had the same teddy bear when I was a kid! Either that or my brother did... :)

Good luck with the attic clean-out! I've had a hard time with the stuff accumulated in 8 years of marriage and only 4 1/2 years in this house - I can't even imagine how much can accumulate in 35 years. Or maybe I can... :)

Kristi said...

We've been doing the same thing in the basement for a week now. And we've only been in the house for six years. Good luck weeding through it all.

Tink *~*~* said...

Hey, I think you should eBay all that stuff. You will make more money! Seriously!

Tink *~*~*

MariBy said...

Wow! That's a lot of 'stuff' to be sorted. Perhaps the kitchen timer set for 1/2 hour is the way to chip away at it? Anyway, good luck with it all Snowbird! :)