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Been a while. . .

September 21, 2010
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Hi All,

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.

The pile we made from the previous owners' stuff

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.

The pile -- complete with mattresses. 20' x 8' x 5'

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.

Garage, pre-cleaning. I took this the week we moved in, before we touched the yard

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.

Cleaned out garage, with room for more than one car!

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.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana B permalink
    September 21, 2010 12:47 pm

    I dunno, Karyn; the photos of your home and neighborhood don’t make it look very depraved to me! Is there some kind of Peyton Place vibe we don’t know about?

    Seriously, I know how good it feels to be rid of all that clutter and mess. We have curbside consignment here, too, especially in areas of Los Angeles populated by Latino immigrants — it works quite well and I’m in favor of anything that keeps stuff out of the landfills.

    • September 22, 2010 2:13 am

      ACK! Depraved is not what I meant at all. Deprived is the word, I’ll change it! We live in a depressed area. Employment is low, and paychecks are low. So, truly, it is a resourceful area. And yes, it is great to keep the stuff out of the landfills and to know someone can truly use it! 🙂

  2. donna jean permalink
    September 23, 2010 9:03 am

    what a thankless job it seemed like– but it was so great that on your parents “vacation” they are so happy to help out… :-)))
    hope things are going well all around….
    and the garage does look great… it will be nice to keep the cars clean of all that snow when you have big storms.. too bad you will have to shovel to the garage though 🙂

  3. September 25, 2010 9:54 am

    Okay, Steve and I want to know what is REALLY going on down the street… Didn’t realize we live in Peyton Place… but hey, we are in! Just call us!) Love you, K… D!

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