We haven’t forgotten about the blog (or the housework), but early September has been a busy personal season for us. My parents came up from South Carolina for a visit and Bill had a work weekend with the local arts festival, Colorscape. So, we have been puttering around getting a few smaller projects done here and there, and my dad really helped us out with cleaning the garage.
As I mentioned eons ago in one of my first posts, Bill and I had to clean out the house when we moved in. Up here in rural New York, it is quite common for owners to move out of their house and leave a LOT of stuff behind. . . like old paint and doors, or sometimes furniture and trash. The pile that we moved out of the house had 5 mattresses, at least 3 old carpets, a baby bed, a box of hymnals, loads of wire hangers and just a lot of junk. The pile was the size of a large dumpster, but, we ultimately had a lot more to go.
Since that first week, we’ve been taking trips to the dump to get rid of other stuff. But, mostly, we’ve been stockpiling the garage with all of this so that we could take it in one big trip (or 5 trips, as we only have a station wagon). With my parents help, we took 4 carloads to the dump last week. And, we put another 2 loads on the curb for freebies.
Another rural NY anomaly is free curbside consignment. Anyone can put almost anything at the curb with a “free” sign and people will stop to gather in the treasure. Within an hour we had gotten rid of old plywood, broken book shelves and stacks of unused shingles. The only thing that has remained are some buckets of broken bricks. It’s truly amazing what people will pick up. I think my parents were astonished at how easy it can be to “get rid of” clutter by just putting it on the curb. Really, I’m astonished by it, too. But, we live in a deprived area of the country. People are resourceful here, and it is a gift to share what we can’t use.
After the dump runs, my dad removed several old shelving units and swept out the whole building. We are left with a very clean garage, in which we think we can actually park both cars. It is labeled as a “one car” unit, but it is quite wide, so maybe we can get both cars inside for the winter storms. We still need to hang the tools and clean out the garage attic. Yes, there is a garage attic, but there is no hurry. Right now, we can use the space a lot more easily than we have for the past year.
So, I think most of the big dump runs are behind us as we won’t need to tear out any more sheetrock or shelving. But this house holds surprises at every turn, so we’ll keep you posted.