Monday, May 14, 2012
Nearly two weeks ago, Curtis and I had pulled out our furniture onto the front lawn so we could could lay our new hardwood floor. It almost looked like a yard sale. So, at 2:30pm on a Tues afternoon, I spontaneously made it one. It was hard work. That night I hauled everything back in. The next day I decided to do it again. I also had much more to unpack and bring out. By that night I was socially exhausted. I had had a really successful day and made lots of new local friends including ones that worked at the school two doors down. That night I hauled everything back in. Our new hardwood covered with bins and unsold furniture. I tried to garage sale the next day but my aching body wouldn't let me. Friday I was too exhausted too. Saturday I photographed my first wedding solo--all day long. That was exhausting too. Everyone said to have the garage sale on a Saturday but I couldn't wait that long to get the piles off my front porch and my front livingroom!! So I had a Monday garage sale. Still, I had so much stuff leftover and I was still not unpacked (as I unpacked I displayed more and more). There was no threat of rain so I left it out that night and did a Tuesday garage sale too. This went on all week, everyday thinking it was my last until I actually had a Sat garage sale. I sold everything, even that which I loved. It was therapeutic for a recovering hoarder. I was too attached to my things and was spending way too much time moving, storing, organizing, and overall concerning myself with THINGS!! I simply did not have the room!! I had to sell my gradmother's furniture cause my kids were going to destroy it anyway. I learned that if I weren't using it currently, I should get rid of it. If I need it later, I will buy it again. This may seem like a waste but it actually saves me much time, effort and focus that should be elsewhere than concerning myself with StUFF!! And quite frankly, I don't usually need it later. My total earnings of the 8 day adventure were $1,268. Now that is reward for effort!! I still have loads of clothes and books not sold that I will donate some to the DI and most to the homeless shelter.