when: Dec 8, 2014
where: basement and spare bedroom
duration: 1 day
Prepare for take-off
- lots of boxes
- sharpie for labeling boxes
- bag for garbage
- ipod and dock for motivating music
Over the years, boxes of undealt with stuff has accumulated in a few rooms in our house and it's time to take back the space. We spent a good part of the day going through boxes and bags in the office in our basement. I thought we would come up with a lot of things to donate, but it turns out that most of the stuff was recycled. There was a lot of paper; newsletters, magazines, school work. There were a couple items that I will put up for sale on Kijiji and only one small bag of garbage. We found some interesting things, too. There was a couple bags of school papers that were Marlee's from probably grade 3. We had some good laughs looking at them. Then, most of them got recycled. I think the best find was a Mother's Day activity where Marlee answered questions sharing how she viewed me at that time. This was a treasure we decided to keep.
We emptied 10 boxes that day and cleared out the space underneath an 8 ft table that Marlee uses for crafting. She has space under there now to store her supplies.
We are continuing to work away at dealing with all the stuff. Since then, we have emptied a couple more boxes and we went through everything in our furnace room. We came across a kids plastic toy that was no good anymore and needed to be thrown out. I debated whether to put it in the blue box because I didn't want to contaminate the contents with something that was not recyclable. I took another look at it in better light and was pleased to find the recycle symbol, so I could put it in the blue box.
Do you have an accumulation of stuff that you need to get rid of? Will you purge responsibly or send it all to the landfill?