How I spent my 3-day weekend

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I know there is tendency on many mommy blogs to brag and I think thus far I’ve pretty much avoided that. As readers know I’m pretty down to earth and up front about my various struggles with daily life, weight loss, and other such things. But at the risk of sounding like I’m bragging I must share with you how I spent my holiday weekend…. I cleaned out the garage. Yes folks, you read that correctly. The hubby and I joined forces and spent many, many fun-filled hours going through boxes of old VHS tapes including such titles as Buns of Steel and Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies. We cracked open dusty boxes filled with more “bachelor pad crap” that the hubby hasn’t been able to figure out what to do with since we got married (nearly four years ago). We also have several shelves filled with things we tell ourselves we’ll sell on e-bay. The problem with that is that it takes so much time to prepare, photograph and list these things and I haven’t been terribly motivated to do it lately. It’s really a gamble because although there are definitely things worth putting in the effort to sell there are others that I’ll think will bring in the bucks and don’t and then I’m left irritated that between all the fees and time spent I’d have been better off just giving it away to begin with. We did however establish a hefty pile to take to charity, so once the hubby does a “load up and drop off” that will clear out quite a bit. In the meantime, we did bring in several boxes of things that I’m currently working on trying to sell and I’m still deliberating about what other items to simply place in charity pile vs. sell. Of course, when it comes to the baby stuff, it’s always bittersweet coming across it. First there are the emotions of; “Oh, remember when he had his music box in his crib?” And then there’s the moment when the little guy spots the music box and says; “Daddy, put in crib?” and we have to go through that whole scenario. Finally, there’s the thoughts behind how much all that baby stuff costs and the mathematical equations to decide whether or not we should attempt to recoup some of the costs through selling it. So, it’s been an exhausting weekend but we’ve made a serious dent in the garage and gained some much needed space and organization. We still have a few corners to tackle, but the majority is done and now we’re down to getting rid of things accordingly. It feels good to get this job well underway. We have a few other home projects we want to tackle here shortly and the garage was key to getting to the others. The end result of getting all this done is more thrilling than a fun-filled weekend because the benefit is having the space and organization we need to function and enjoy our home and that’s something I find very important. I’ve always believed that everything starts from within the home and that the more you make it a place where you enjoy it and can be comfortable the better off you are in all other aspects of life. I try to keep in mind my motto: “Have in your home and life only things that provide necessary function, add true beauty, or bring genuine happiness.”

1 comment:

booshy said...

I LOVE weekends like that. They suck...but the result...it's like a breath of fresh air...like a huge weight's been lifted...