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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Marti's Musings: A little more progress

Are you sick of hearing of our baby steps towards getting ready?  Sorry - but, too bad!  LOL  Just kidding.

I had a heck of a week professionally, and Paul didn't have a great one either.  I think that is why we hit the ground running this morning and got LOTS done today, weeding out the house.  We had great motivation - something along the lines of  "Let's get out of here!".

I took on the computer room, weeding out the bookcase and miscellaneous junk.  Piles of trash, books for the recycling store (2nd hand store) and give away/Salvation Army soon emerged.  Paul, meanwhile, was lugging junk up from the basement for a dump run.

One pick up truck full of trash later, 4 cases of books (gee, you'd think we like to read or something), and 4 bags of give away to the Salvation Army later - and we felt like we had actually made some progress.  The computer room is nearly done, except for the desk, and few other things (the book case is empty!).  The basement is 75% done - with the Christmas pile that I dread going through, miscellaneous toys for give away and the "keep" corner.  We even got an I-love-you package ready to send to the grandkids in Oregon!

We are more determined than ever to get the house ready asap.  I admit that I had not felt the urgency, as I do now.  With our jobs being a constant source of aggravation and more importantly s.t.r.e.s.s - it is more than time to hit the road!!!  It is much easier now to pitch/give away things - the urgency to get out is helping with that issue for sure!

We have a list of to-do's, and a game plan in place.  Our goal to put the house on the market is still March - which is a mere 6 weeks away.  We have little time during the week, but we are trying to make the most of the weekends. 

Up next, Paul plans to paint one of the bedrooms, and I will empty the closets. Packing up various precious items for keeping - we picked up 10 cardboard boxes today (on sale at .58 vs 2.50 each!).  There are some little things that I can do each night, barring me getting home at 10 or 10:30 and then not having an ounce of energy to do anything after a 15 hour day!  We also purchased a large plastic container for those beloved pictures that cannot be replaced. 

Progress!  WOO-HOO!


  1. Sounds like it is all coming together and you will soon be wandering down the hyways and byways between those grandchildren.

  2. This all sounds very familiar. I'm doing the same thing. Luckily I don't have the job stress but I do have 20 not 4 bookcases.

    Tell me about the plastic container for pictures. I really am not up to scanning them all. Just takes too long and like you, I want Out O' Here.

  3. The plastic container is just a (very) large one with locking handles from Walmart. It cost less than $20 and holds all my frames pictures/photos that I dont' want to part with. Many of them would not be able to be scanned, anyway, due to their size. I guess I could have taken some out of their frames, but some are really irreplaceable. I wonder, am I lazy or too sentimental? Anyway, I have a smaller one for photo albums. And a smaller one still for loose photos, that my DIL will be sorting through for me.

    We have now designated one room for boxes to go to storage, until we rent one prior to taking to SC to my daughters. One baby step at a time.

    Thanks for reading, and I love the comments. ~Marti

  4. At this rate, you will have to be careful when you hit the road. You will have to watch out for the sudden decompression!

  5. double whoohoo!..for you both!..good work!!