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No More!

For seven years, well, more than that, I’ve been writing about culling things, getting rid of things, and learning to cope with the panic attacks, PTSD and other related dramas.

I’m totally sick of this! So, I have a NEW life goal, well sort of. It’s to get past all the stuff and see what else there is to do?

To that end, I have:

  • Told the antique store I’ll be leaving mid-February.
  • Talked to another antique shop about buying a few pieces.
  • Decided that whatever I keep for the spring flea market I will price before I box it up, so all I have to do in March or April is load it into a car and take it to the market.
  • Decided what things here need to be wholesaled?
  • Decided to have a sale at the antique store, running from 1/1 – 2/15. Half off the big pieces and heavily discounted “get organized” pieces: bins, baskets, etc.

Hopefully, by the end of April I’m done, or if I’m not done, that the pieces still here are designated to go to that consignment shop, this auction, or whatever.

No more!

house with bookcase.jpeg

(via images.google.com . I picked this because of the bookcase. The images with 2 items on a shelf are NOT realistic for us, both collectors and readers!)

Benchmarks along the way:

  1. Completing the move into the smaller storage unit. In Feb. 2019
  2. Closing that unit.
  3. Removing the bedroom boxes. (in process 12/27/18)
  4. Removing the kitchen boxes.
  5. Clearing enough from the attic that the bays can be built.
  6. Clearing enough from the porch so that we can walk from the corner to the door the long way instead of the way it is now, along the drip edge of the roof. 5/2019
  7. The shed is culled.
  8. The wood shed is culled.
  9. There’s no misc. stuff stored in the crawlspace.
  10. Nothing queued in the living room to go out.

That’s a lot to do in four months, but like I said, I’ve had it! Two things will limit this:

  • If the PTSD/panic starts up so badly I can’t cope.
  • If physically I am causing myself pain from the work.

 

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More ruminations and a tally

While at the antique store, I put some stuff on sale, disposed of some breakage, and made arrangements to move into my new, cheaper booth on the 15th. The new booth has built-in shelves, which means that I can SELL my remaining bookcases, instead of using them for display in the booth. Yay! I only have a few left, but being able to sell them rather than having to use them is a step in the right direction. I only brought home 4 bread and butter dishes and some cookie cutters which hadn’t sold. I am excited about the new direction I’m going!

I need to work on the attic and catalog some books so that I can fill the bookcases /spinner with books and get the other “stuff” ready to put online.

DH & I talked about what furniture to sell next. There’s a sling chair/ottoman, and the 3 bookcases currently cluttering up the kitchen which can be sold.

Almost all the furniture that’s currently at the shop will be for sale, and in the process I’ll be able to get at my kitchen cabinet again. Yay! When some of that furntiure sells, I have a Mission oak chair to sell. These are things we already own and getting rid of any/all of them makes more room, and hopefully will generate more money too.

I talked to the local bookseller who’s buying some of my paperbacks, and he’s ready for more. We made arrangements for me to deliver some next week. If I get busy cataloging books, I can take him 4 boxes and do all of next week’s flings in one swell foop! I haven’t been cataloging books for about 2 months. [I got thoroughly tired of it, and pretty much quit around November when I hit the 8044 things out goal.] I imagine I’ll be absolutely burned out by 12/31/12, but if I never have to do it again, it’ll be worth it!

The trunk is STILL outside, darn it. Today’s agenda definitely includes hauling it in! This is also another dump day, so I’ll see what else I can add to the out pile.

In answer to a question I raised last month, my storage rent is cheaper than the booth rent. Even with the new, reduced booth rent, that will still be true.

It costs me less to list something for sale from home for a month than it does to put it up for sale at the antique store.

I better sell MORE stuff and more quickly or just start donating stuff in quantity! If I don’t, I’ll run out of money in the not too distant future. We’ll see!

OUT

To dump (swap shop): 13 plastic cookie cutters
To dump (trash):
Closed: 1 account
To family:
Sold: 18 items (at antique store)
=32

cookie cutters going to the swap shop


Donated:
Given away: 1 roll of tape
Used:
=1

Found new home/put away:
Moved from LANDING PAD: the rag collection (lost its old home, hadn’t figured out where to park it
before the holidays
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.) =
paper consolidation (filing /sheeting receipts) 20
pantry consolidation (4 baskets of potatoes culled & reorganized into 1) 3
=24

IN
Bought: 2 pads graph paper, 1 photograph
Given pair of gloves
From the dump:
To a landing pad:
=4

NOT YET COUNTED
20 plastic bags (to give away)
10 books (to be donated)

today 57-4 = 53

old 9961
new 9908 98.4%