Been a while. . .

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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Moving In

Hi All,

This is my first post for our house blog.  I thought it might be interesting to write about what we’re doing and occasionally share photos and glimpses to the finished product.  Bill and I will take turns sharing our views about the house on West Main.

Bill and I officially moved in July 23rd, 2009, and formally bought the house in late September.  To start our blog journey, I wanted to share some moving day photos.

It’s difficult when you move into a new house to know where to put everything, especially if you have a lot of crap to move out. . . like the junk the previous owner left.

What we found in the house when we moved in. . .

This is what we found when we moved in. .. old mattresses, rotting books & shoes, loads of paint, dusty rugs and curtains. A filthy place, we couldn’t even walk around barefoot for a few weeks.  The house had been rented out for several years, which meant overgrowth in the yard, grease in the kitchen and a shower that was brown (instead of white).  The owners lived in Florida and were “shocked” to hear about the pile that we moved out.  And yet, they were confused about why we didn’t want the metal desk in the smallest bedroom upstairs.  They had just accepted it from their previous owners and used it.  Well, Bill and I weren’t accustomed to living with other people’s junk and dust.  So, we’ve been cleaning out ever since.

Course, our piles of stuff on moving day didn’t help it look any better.  We moved most of our stuff into the den and parlor so that we could clean floors.  Below, you see the den facing the front of the house.

Moving stuff in

It will be a long, enjoyable journey to get this house where we want it. My mom and husband have an agreement that it will be done in five years. I think it is possible, but we’ll see. Each room holds its own treasures and challenges.