I had a very productive day today.
Took 2 carloads of stuff to Goodwill and sold a bunch of furniture on Craigslist.
I was sorry to see the furniture go .... the items were not those that I really wanted to sell but, given the current situation, there is nowhere else for me to put them. I still have some furniture in the garage that needs to go and I advertised those things on CL this afternoon. I'm sure those items will soon be gone, and again it is stuff that I don't really want to part with. Expensive furniture, still looks very good, still has a ton of life left in it. Bah.
Here is how a hoarder operates from my perspective:
I will sort out closets and boxes and rooms and put back the stuff I absolutely want to keep. The stuff that I know needs to go will then get put in bags or back in boxes and then I will store it sealed up in my closet or out in the garage or in little piles somewhere throughout the house. Then, the stuff will stay there for days, weeks, months, years sometimes. Because I think I'll need it. After time passes and I am back sorting again, the stuff will probably make it into the garage and there it will stay for days, weeks, months, years while I look at it every day and while it gets in the way, pisses the spouse off and generally falls underfoot. Eventually, I will get hit with a real cleaning bug and that is when stuff makes its way to Goodwill or on to Craigslist. Mind you, I might take the ad off and change my mind about selling .... or just bite the bullet and pray for the stuff to sell. Which it does.
This morning, I blew a kiss after my office desk as it left out of my garage and down the street, along with a hammock and a gorgeous lamp that I really, really wanted to keep. This lamp had the most elaborate red velvet pouffy beaded shade EVER .... with tassels! And embroidery. I didn't want to sell it at all but I have/had nowhere for it.
A friend is buying some more stuff from me and that will leave out of here tomorrow.
The place continues to empty out .... I'm getting rid of anything and everything that we don't use. Some of this stuff has been with me for decades. Since childhood, some of it.
You might think that I couldn't possibly have anything left to get rid of, seeing as how I started dehoarding back in 2008. But. I brought too much of the old hoard with me when I moved from the ex-custom house and this is the stuff that I am still trying to part with. But I will tell you ...... I am really coming to the end of it, to the bottom of that endless barrel.
My house is ever more streamlined and clutter free and I love it.
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