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The Garage

April 6th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I started on the garage today. Right now I am sorting through my parents things. At least all the things that were brought here.

My dad was an interesting man. He liked containers, and containers for his containers...and to put things in containers, which lived inside bigger containers. Papers in plastic files inside of accordian folders inside of containers. He really liked the faux leather zip pouches. They kept every piece of paper that ever entered their house. But it wasnt organized...except for some of the receipts that were in plastic things, inside of .....

So, I have had to touch every piece of paper. Boxes of paper. Junk mail, medical bills, birth and death certificates, family records all mixed together. It is quite a task, but I am halfway through their stuff and have a small box of keep papers, a bigger box of keepsakes and three huge boxes of shred, toss and donate.

Opening some of the envelopes was tough...Christmas cards they gave each other- those are in the keep pile. A reminder of the love they shared. Stacks and stacks of medical bills- my parents both had poor health the last few years...if you smoke, please consider quitting, it is not worth it. The bills are all in the shred pile.

COntainers and file folders and accordian folders, and tin boxes, and little glass containers, etc..etc..a BIG box of them are in the donate pile.

It is a bittersweet task, but I am committed to getting through this stuff so that I can declutter and clean the garage. So far, no creepy crawly things have challenged me..but I am wearing gloves and using caution with each new box.

I have a long ways to go, but the journey always starts with that first step.

7 Responses to “The Garage”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm sure it is very tough emotionally, but it sounds like you are making great progress!! Congrats.

  2. Donna Says:

    Your container description made me smile. When my cleaning out my grandmother's home, she had boxes of boxes. It made me commit to not having piles of things for my kids to go through someday. I'd rather do all the work for them, so they can just have the memories.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is a tough chore, going through a parent's belongings like that. My dad kept SO many things ... This summer, my brother and I will probably need to do a second round on our dads things. Not something I'm looking forward to. {{hugs}}

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    You are on a roll! WTG! Smile

  5. patientsaver.com Says:

    i would find that very poignant, very difficult. Hugs.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Good job!

  7. rob62521 Says:

    It is tough going through everything, but you are sort of piecing together parts of their lives. Keep up the good work.

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