Questions without answers

Me, this morning, to myself:

  1. How many carloads did it take us to bring our stuff to the storage locker prior to the start of the basement renovations? Because it seems that it is taking FAR longer to bring the stuff back. And many more carloads than I remember…
  2. Why do we have so much stuff?
  3. Why do we pay someone else rent to store stuff we don’t even remember owning?
  4. Why do we (he) keep a box full of old computer game we don’t have time to play?
  5. Where are we going to store the stuff we intend to keep once we bring it home? The new closets are mostly already full.
  6. Why are we storing stuff at all? If we don’t need it or want it or if it stays in a box anyway, why keep it at all?
  7. Would it make sense to throw out/donate/sell/give away/burn all seasonal clothing and buy new stuff every single time the season changes instead of storing stuff? (the answer can only be no since we don’t own a money tree, but it sure is tempting)
  8. On that note, why do I have 3 bins full of Xmas stuff? And another one of Halloween/Thanksgiving and Easter stuff? Do I decorate with this stuff? I don’t remember…

Plan today:

Unload the car on the front lawn. Unpack all the bins and boxes. Make 3 piles:

  • keep and store or display or use
  • leave on the lawn for anyone to take
  • throw in the garbage/recycling

Free books

There is a cool recycling/thrift shop company that calls me every few months to say they will be in my area on such and such a date and if I have any clothes or small household items, to put them out on the porch by 8 am on that date.

How easy is that to get rid of stuff? They come to my house and pick it up. I don’t have to lug stuff to the car, drive distances battling traffic to get to the local thrift shop and dump it outside the doors since there is no room inside what with all the other stuff everyone else has dumped there recently.

Just pack it up, mark it with an X, and put it outside your front door.

The only thing is, I’m not sure if they take books, or if they take only a few books at a time. It seems that most of these places take some books. And by some they mean 3. Not 30.

But we are book people. We have lots of books. Most we’re keeping, but a lot are just, you know, done. Read them, liked them, but don’t really feel the need to keep them around. We keep a lot of books around because we re-read some of them, but really, how many books I know I’ll never re-read do I need to keep?

So when we moved the bookcases down into the new basement, we purged. I had about 6, maybe 8 boxes of books we no longer wanted. And they were sitting in the garage or basement or livingroom or wherever else I could place them, where they waited patiently for their doomsday. 

Today I had this nifty idea.

I placed a huge piece of cardboard outside on my front lawn, stuck a small bookshelf on top, and filled it with books from those boxes.

Then I placed a sign in front of it that said

Free books
Leave the shelf please

Our house is on a street which has a lot of foot traffic because a large park is situated steps from it. We get all the neighbourhood, as well as those who drive here to get to the park and beaches, passing our house.

And with the sunny, dry and warm weather finally arriving, I figured, what better way than to get rid of stuff I was planning on donating anyway? Technically I could have done a little garage sale, but really, do I want to haggle over 50 cents with someone about a book I truly don’t want to keep anyway? Let them take the books, let them read.

And they did. Before I unloaded the third box, half the books were already gone, and that at 9 am!

I feel lighter already.