This weekend was our huge garage sale. We took over three driveways, stored stuff in two garages and at our peak staffing we had 6 adults manning the sale. We made over $600 total. But what was most fantastic is the fact that we got rid of a lot of junk. That’s right, we have been storing junk. Stuff we don’t need, stuff we don’t use and stuff we hadn’t even unboxed since our last move. My Sister-in-Law sold a cake plate and when she opened it up to inspect it with the potential buyer, she found a wedding card that was unopened. They have been married for 7 years.
When we were getting ready for the sale, both Jenni and I were astonished at the amount of stuff we had. “That is the problem with a big house” we would say, “you have lots of places to put crap”. We vowed that if we ever invented a time machine and were able to go back and warn past Jeff and Jenni, we would tell them to keep with small houses – less places to collect crap.
I had a lot of time to look at and consider all of our crap. Some of it brought back memories, some of it instilled me with a sense of guilt, but all of it was this huge ball and chain. As each piece of crap went, there was this sense of, oh I don’t know, getting lighter? It is hard to believe that all of this stuff just sat there for years collecting dust, taking up space, anchoring us to the place.
We recently leased a storage unit. 10 x 10 x 10. Before we leave we are going to fit everything we ever want to keep but don’t need to bring with us into that space. It sure is a lot less space than what we had it spread out over in the house, but for what we really need to keep – it is way too much space.
There is nothing like a move across the world to force you to look at everything you own and determine its value. Analyze what it means to you and how your life would be different without it. Dig into the depth of your psyche and unearth all the long buried emotions…..aw, who am I kidding. 90% of it was just your run of the mill crap. To be honest, before we started I would have paid someone $100 bucks to come and take it all away so I wouldn’t have had to deal with it. $600 bucks ain’t half bad. Can buy us a new iPod. So we can store more crap music we never listen to on it.