Blog Archives for category 40bagsin40days
We’ve gotten rid of a few random odds and ends while moving in, but I haven’t done much dedicated purging overall. (Who has the time?!) But, I did manage to do two small areas.
Day 34—While unpacking and organizing the master bathroom and hall closet, I got rid of a bunch of old bath products. Some from probably 2003 or so. Yeah, I hoard bath stuff.
Day 35—I was looking for something in the file cabinet and ended up sifting through and tossing about half a garbage bag (which I’ll actually save to be shredded). The goal is to eventually get rid of the file cabinet entirely so I do have more to sort and scan, but I started!
If you’re paying close attention, you will see I skipped Days 26-32. That’s due to us having had a garage sale and donating 90% of the remaining things to a resale shop [that benefits a women’s shelter]…which I equated to about seven days’ worth.
Over the past few days we’ve been burning old paperwork—we have a shredder but why shred when we have a perfectly good fire pit?!—so between that and random garage junk, I’d say we’re down another bag!
I know, I know…every time we have one I say I’ll never have another…but I can’t stand the thought of losing out on some cash so we inevitably have another when it’s time to move.
It didn’t seem like quite as much work this time, though—maybe because we’d already pre-sorted lots of stuff while getting the house ready to list. It was still work getting it priced and set up, of course—and things got hot and sweaty more than once—but it just felt like less work overall. (It also helped that a mommy friend came over to help me get started—I had just been STUCK.)
We had advertised the hours as 7a-2p with NO early birds, so of course the first people showed up about 6:15.
Tom: Sorry, we don’t open until 7.
Earlybird: Can I just look around?
Tom: Sorry, we’re not selling anything until 7.
Earlybird: But I have to be to work at 7!
Guess who then said they’d be back at 7? I think we turned away three people. We gave up at 6:50 because the street was full.
The haggling wasn’t TOO bad—I actually expected it to be worse—except someone wanted a discount on the very first item that I knew would go quick. Nope, sorry. (It sold full price about 30 seconds later.) And the people who would hold out an item to you asking how much it is when the price tag is right in plain sight. Or the people who just hand you money trying to shield the tag just hoping you’ll take the money. Or the people who asked for a bag for stuff they were carrying, then tried to bury other little stuff underneath. Or the lady who asked “How much for the whole bin of clothes?” And I said “Well let’s count them and then I’ll give you a deal. I can’t give you a fair price otherwise.” And she refused and said she just wanted a price. So I said $30 (there was probably 50 pieces in there and they were $1 each). She looked at me like I was crazy. Oh well. I don’t have time to deal with stupid crap like that. And I know it doesn’t make sense, but I’d rather donate it then take the pittance I’m sure she wanted to pay—which she never even offered anything! Frustrating.
The only other bad thing was the weather sucked. It was humid from the get go, but at least it was overcast. But about 10 or so the clouds disappeared and it was hot. as. hell. You could stand in the garage to get out of the sun, but then there was no air movement. If you stood outside to hopefully catch a breeze, you were in the blazing sun.
And as usual, some of the things that sold/didn’t sell just baffle me. An old swimsuit of mine that I put out on a lark sold…but a ton of kids’ toys didn’t. A St. Augustine koozie sold…but a Little Tikes slide didn’t.
Even though we said we’d go until 2, it was dead at 12:30 so about 1 we started packing up boxes to take to the donation center and we were all done by 2! The back of my car was FULL with about four huge boxes and a huge lawn waste garbage bag of kid clothes. There was even stuff in Owen’s car seat! I think that was worth at least six days of #40bagsin40days.
A friend came to help me get jumpstarted on the garage sale prep and she picked out a bunch of stuff and took a bunch of other stuff I was getting rid of…so I’m counting it as bags for the challenge! It probably equated to two days worth, but I’m only using one.
We’re down one extra pool pump, half a box of clothes that Once Upon A Child bought, and we have a cleaned out glove box!
Yay! We’re down a pool pump, an extra hose, and two boxes of replacement pool filters (I’d say that qualifies as a bag!) and we’re up $60!
Progress has really slowed and it feels like we might not make it to 40…but we’ll keep limping along.
WOOHOO! Someone bought and picked up our old King headboard and frame!
I hated to get rid of it because we spent a good chunk of money on it (it was a Martha Stewart!) but we just didn’t love it anymore plus it was REALLY big and REALLY heavy and we’re trying to downsize.
Tom and I worked in the garage today—it’s a hot mess since we’ve just been throwing stuff out there as we prepped the house. I mean, there’s always been lots of stuff out there but it was always nicely organized. Lately, I couldn’t even reach my pantry shelves!
We only had what time Katie slept during naptime, but we tossed at least two bags of garbage, a bunch of boxes went into recycling, and we have a big box for the garage sale. And I can reach my pantry again!
I haven’t been keeping great track since the brunt of our sorting and organizing is done…but we have still been tossing stuff here and there, adding to the donate and garage piles, and deciding what to sell.
But today Tom got rid of the raised garden bed (and burned the wood) and I sorted my bedside table top drawers. I forgot the actual Before picture, but I did take this picture of everything that came out of the drawers…
Proof they were actually empty!
And then back in, somewhat organized, with a bunch tossed.
It still needs more paring down but it takes baby steps—and I have two drawers to go!
We were really busy around the house today getting rooms optimized for taking listing pictures…but we did sell a bookcase! That counts!
It’s bizarre how no one contacts me about anything I have listed on Lejeune Yard Sales for MONTHS and then within the last week or so three people have wanted stuff. So, today’s “bag” is a Boppy.
Plus I recycled more magazines and added more to the donate and garage sale piles.
More garbage, more recycling, more garage sale, more donations… It’s little bits here and there but it all adds up!
Plus someone came and picked up a big item! I hated to get rid of the tray tables (they were a wedding present) but we couldn’t even remember the last time we used them—and they’re HEAVY—so we made the decision to let them go.
Pulling recipes out of sheet protectors in a 3-ring binder. Ditching most of them and scanning a few to Evernote.
But the best part was finding all of the recipes from friends and family that I’d asked for at my wedding shower that I’d since lost track of!!
We finished the majority of the living room/bonus room tonight and had another HUGE bag of garbage, two garage sale boxes, and a small bag of recycling. Woohoo!
This stuff has already been accounted for, but it finally left our house today!! Three bags of clothes, a bag of shoes, and a bag of blankets donated to a thrift shop that supports a local battered women’s shelter. I know there will be more to come!
We were STILL working on the storage closets/living room tonight…and ended up with another half bin for the garage sale (including a printer!), an entire bin of blankets, another shopping bag of recycling, and a HUGE garbage bag of clothes. Tom is REALLY getting into the spirit of this as most of the clothes have been his! (Or he’s just more of a clothes horse than I am!)
Tonight we worked on decluttering and organizing the stuff from the upstairs storage closets. Wow. It’s painful. The entire upstairs living room is FULL.
We got rid of at least a bag of garbage, a grocery sack of recycling, and half a bin for the garage sale.
Today I got rid of a laminator and some letter-sized pouches. In other news, Owen’s pre-k teacher loves me.
No, it wasn’t a bag but it was something, right?
I got rid of more clothes, tossed some shoes, and the glider rocker sold and left the house! Tom also got rid of more clothes.
And I thought yesterday was a banner day—HA! Today blew yesterday out of the water!
- A garbage bag of my clothes
- Two garbage bags of Tom’s documents shredded
- A stack of Tom’s magazines recycled
- Almost a full garbage bag of AV cables
- Two more bins of toys
- The decision to try and sell part of our entertainment center (the end towers)
- The decision to try and sell a storage cabinet
- A floor scrubber
- A set of bath towels
And I feel like I’m forgetting something…