When I paused to collect my thoughts for a few weeks and get some things done, I had no idea I would be gone so long. I have many wonderful stories, events, and photos to share, but I will spread them out and not overwhelm you!
I realized once I started getting down to it, that many things in "my house" needed to be ordered. Not just the physical items, although we'll get to those in a second, but also the stress and emotional items I'd been stuffing in boxes and piling on shelves around the place (and in my head). So, I got down to work, sorted, trashed, sold, gave away, dealt with, and moved forward. It was exhausting - and I haven't felt this good in years!
My neighborhood had a multi-house garage sale. I took this as a sign it was time to finally attack the storage spaces I had been ignoring for years. You see, I had available space so I filled it and didn't really have to look at it, so it was easy to walk away from the mess. I realized as I drug things out I hadn't seen in years, that some of it was the emotional baggage attached to the items. They symbolized a past life that I needed to let go. They brought good and sad memories, but mostly lightened my load when I could see floors and walls of closets again. I donated bags of clothing, books, took 4 file size boxes of paperwork to the shred-it day (where you drive up and they take the boxes out of your car, hand it to the nice person working the monster shredder truck, and *poof*, all your important identifying info is gone), and hauled the rest to the garage for the sale. Here's one shot as proof:
I had taken some great advice from some of the professional garage-salers I know and got ready for an early Friday crowd. As I was setting out the signs in the morning, a couple folks circling the neighborhood followed me home and waited for me to open the door. Then we were off running! It rained off and on all morning, but I was still very pleased with the turnout and items taken to be enjoyed elsewhere. Saturday it was sunny and breezy, just a really gorgeous day, which is why I didn't notice my pasty white skin turning into this, until it was too late:
After my success of both cleaning and purging my old baggage, I decided to buy some new luggage and renew my passport for future travels!