Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Now that we're out of the old house and trying to get settled in the new house, I'm completely perplexed at where to put all of the stuff I've accumulated in my life. I'm also exhausted from this whirlwind of activity. Moving just plain sucks.

I swear, I made Slave Boy go to either the dump or the Salvation Army at least 10 times last week with huge loads. I've disposed of so much junk that it's hard to believe the remainder won't all fit here, but it won't. There are boxes that have mated and multiplied in my living room. That's the only explanation I can come up with for how they just keep showing up. Reminds me of rabbits. Toward the end of packing last week, I got disgusted and just started tossing stuff into boxes to deal with over here, so now I'm dealing with items I should have pitched, but didn't. I've only myself to blame. Well let me think about that, because if I put my mind to it, I'm sure there is someone else I can blame.

We've downsized from 2,000 square feet and 4 bedrooms, to 1450 square feet and 3 bedrooms. Every closet is now packed to capacity. In addition, we left enough furniture and supplies to make a home for Rachel and her roommates. Where in the world did all this stuff come from? With the exception of my yarn, I'm going to stop collecting junk. By the way, I know I've mentioned it before, but I really don't need ANY more salt and pepper shakers.

Effective immediately, anyone gifting my husband with cowboy s & p shakers, moose or farm animal s & p shakers, or plastic protective farm animals will be finding themselves re-gifted with these items at the most unusual of times. Do you think these gag gift givers will be getting candy in their Easter baskets? Think again. The only thing missing will be the salt and pepper-should go well with Easter dinner and hard boiled eggs.


Miss 376 said...

It will get sorted eventually. Mind you, no matter how determined I am not to have any extras, they seem to find their way in

Jadekitty said...

I moved coast to coast with 6 rubbermaids and two suitcases and two carry on's.
Husband moved with less.
But because of the generosity of the past roomies, we have so much stuff!

I understand your pain :)

laurie said...

throw it away. you'll never miss it.

my habit is to put stuff in sacks (or boxes) and haul it down the basement and leave it there. just in case i have a change of heart. (which i occasionally do, with one item or another.)

after awhile i'm happy to clear out the basement and send the boxes to goodwill.

by then i can't even remember what's in 'em.

Brenda said...

I am not moving right now but have been trying to de-junk this place, and it is a major headache. Why is it soooo hard to simply throw things in the trash?! I used to love to go to antique malls and thrift shops, now I think I live in one.

Rudee said...

Miss-I hope it gets sorted fast.

I'm glad I'm not alone. Be careful Jadekitty-those 6 rubbermaids will be 60 at your next move. They multiply too.

Laurie-I swore I'd do that 15 years ago. Stuff made it to the basement, but never further than that. I will have to be more ruthless this time because this house is so small.

Brenda-I think I got a lot of this stuff from my mother in law when she went to antique and thrift shops. Then when my mom passed, I got a lot of her stuff too. Ugh! There is so much.

Rositta said...

I haven't seen that many salt and pepper shakers since I cleared out my Mom's apartment, wow. I still have a few kicking around here too that I need to get rid of, in fact I finally need to clear out my Mom's room now that I'm using it. Overwhelming...ciao

Rudee said...

Oh Rositta, those are just the newest additions. The whole collection takes up one entire shelf in my china cabinet. Way to many shakers.

Sandy said...

ohhhhh I know all about too much junk. I've got so darn much and I dread the day I will have to pack it all up or send it off. I find it most difficult to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

CT said...

yowza!!!!! THAT is a lot of shakers... maybe you can auction them in ebay? SOMEONE out there collects shakers and is missing these!

On second thought, auction EVERYTHING in ebay!LOL! get rid of stuff you don't want but is too good to throw away and make a few bucks

Rose said...

Yep, I still have boxes in the garage from last summer's move. Plan to either use or lose them this summer. Will blog about it extensively, I'm sure!

Rudee said...

Good idea CT. I already have an Ebay account.

Rose, I remember your moving tribulations last year.

Renie Burghardt said...

Ha! I have too much stuff as well!

Rudee have you ever considered a career in humor writing? You'd be good at it!

Happy Easter!

Bunny Hugs,


Anonymous said...

The plastic animals are for protection. Do not throw them away or re-gift them unless you feel comfortable not being protected.