Today's DIY is really Do It Myself.
What I have a problem with is that I save everything. I move it into the the house, write up lots for reselling and then slowly move the rest of the stuff out to the shed. I also moved a lot of house stuff out when we had our kitchen remodelled in 2007.
Vintage rackets with wooden clamp frames, a Brio train station as well as a viewmaster were all hiding out in the shed.
The now huge amount of stuff in the two sheds and roofed deck is at times almost overwhelming.
Sometimes the stuff is pretty nice. The camel teapot is an old favourite find from years ago, was packed away as was the lamp of Occupied Japan figurines. When I move things out to the sheds I do pack the fragile pieces carefully.
Temperature was 12 degrees C (53.6 F) and it wasn't raining so I went out to the sheds Wednesday (yesterday) afternoon and started the beginning of a the standard pattern of getting things gone: put back into use in the house, sell, donate or trash.
I sorted through the first layers of things and brought in 3 boxes of stuff that needs to be cleaned and made ready to sell. The BMP Swan and the Red Frog cleaned up easily as did these other pieces.
The big 40's roasting pan was one of the items that needed a lot of cleaning.
First the 'before'. Spray soaking and brillo scrubbing, repeat and repeat to get to the 'after' look.
Here is the 'after', vintage red rimmed roaster with great wear.
DGS and DS have had no interest in their small toy cars so I add a few every once in awhile to my toy area in one booth. Little kids like to shop at the mall and it gives them an inexpensive bit of fun.
Some items were just wipe with a damp cloth or wash to clean and then price, tag and pack; those were the easiest. Generally these pieces were 'duplicate' items and once one similiar piece sells I will put in the replacement.
The bags for donations filled 4 regular grocery sized bags and one very full box, they are in my trunk.
The emptied cardboard boxes are flattened for recycling.
Five garbage bags of trash are full and waiting for my next dump run. The contents were mouldy, stinky and of no use to anyone (sad face here) and it is their time to leave.
Some of the huge amount of stuff I have to deal with came from the work I did closing down my in-laws home when they downsized and left so much behind 9 years ago. I kept thinking that someone would want the last of the 'stuff' and after 9 years I know that no one wants that stuff so it is ready to go. I did give away everything possible before making the 'dump' decision.
I am just beginning the work that needs to be done in the sheds. I don't want to be the 'old parent' who leaves a huge amount of 'stuff behind' for someone else to deal with. Been there, still dealing with stuff that was left behind.
I think I will be writing about this huge job more than once. You may have noticed I didn't even hint about the storage rooms in my basement (shudder).
Thanks for visiting today.