I’ve had some interesting comments and emails on my post already and I thought I’d explain things a little more.
I am a packrat … I like to keep things in case I need them later but luckily we have moved every 1-5 years during our 25 years together and each time we move I downsize and declutter. I’ve been here at the townhouse for 5 years now so I have 5 years worth of clutter to get rid of.
Because I travel so much the last thing I want to do when I am at home is to clean and organize. I can’t take weeks to sort and donate to multiple organizations or people and there’s too much to throw out for me to put out for my usual trash pick up.
If I’m going to get this done, I need EASY and FAST that’s why I’m going to use 1-800-Junk. I did have Keith take some things over to the Salvation Army yesterday for donation but most of it will be set aside and hauled away along with the furniture and the trash. I’ll let 1-800-Junk donate what can be reused.
From their website:
When we arrive, just point to the items you want removed and we’ll provide you with an up-front, all-inclusive price. Once you say the word, we’ll haul your goods away from wherever it’s located and finish by cleaning up the area. Plus, we recycle and donate your items whenever possible. Since 1989, we’ve saved over 1.5 billion pounds of junk from the landfill, and counting.
As far as decorating, it’s never been my strong suit and we have a hodgepodge of furniture bought for different homes that doesn’t particularly go together or even function optimally in this space as well as it would if we’d bought it for the space but I refuse to redo the room completely since we may move in 6 months to a year …. Or we may not!
My solution might not be for everyone but it will work for me … Declutter, use most of the furniture we already have, replace the carpet, and have someone do a thorough cleaning downstairs — we’re cleaning as we go but I want windows and everything scrubbed!
I’m traveling again in a week and spraining my ankle will slow me down but I plan to have it done by the end of November. Wish me luck.