The "Bag A Week" Club

My library has two HUGE book sales every year from donations, and they make a fortune.

Didn’t get much done last week cause I got an awful tummy bug that wiped me out for several days. But today we took several more lots of cardboard and a couple of bags of magazines to recycling plus a couple of big black bags of trash to my office dumpster and one in our bin.

Most of the cardboard and stuff that had been accumulating in the garage is gone now (well that I can see - there may be some hidden under other stuff) but there is still a mountain of stuff. H thought one box had cardboard in it but when I picked it up it had an old scanner. I said we need to Chuck it. He said it is still good so I said then we should donate it but he thinks we can use it (it has been in the garage for years). This is where I’m going to have problems - we still have a microwave in the garage that we bought in England and took to Egypt but had to bring with us to the US because Egypt had really odd rules about any appliances or electronics you brought in. I wanted to get rid of it when we got to the US (can’t use here) but he wouldn’t cause we paid “good money” for it. We moved back in 1988!

Anyway he somewhat grumpilly said we we should just get a dumpster and throw everything out. So I told him I AM renting a dumpster this summer but that the more we can get out of the house for free before I get it the cheaper it will be cause we have to pay each time we empty it. And that I had already called the city waste department to see if we can rent one from them even though we are outside of city limits (yes - just have to set up an account with a credit card as we don’t have a utility account and pay a fuel surcharge as we are out of city limits). Told him I was determined to get this cleaned up and how after my accident last year it was so hard to move around the house with crutches and the knee scooter and that if (when really) he ends up with a wheelchair remember how hard it was for his dad to move round the house cause of his Mom’s hoarding. He didn’t say too much after thst.

I had been wondering how I was going to broach the subject of the roll off dumpster I had been looking into before he inadvertently gave me that opening :slight_smile: .

Now to figure out how I’m physically going to get it done.

@swimcatsmom could you contact a boy and or girl scout troop to help, since they may need volunteer hours? Or a church youth group? They could come for a few hours a day here and there to help carry the heavy stuff and if they drive maybe they could take stuff to the recycle place for you.

It’s an idea. The wife of the accounting partner at work keeps offering to come help - she has cleared junk filled houses in the past and says there is nothing she hasn’t seen! She is the most kind hearted person.

I guess I’m not quite ready to let the outside into my mess. The time may come.

Dumpsters are wonderful and you kind of get on a roll with them. I will caution that there can be issues if you have someone who will look in and “think it will be useful someday”. Roll-offs are big :slight_smile:

I feel the microwave pain. H used to love to buy Black Friday deals. He’s a person very prone to wanting to buy in quantity, rather than quality. We had an extra microwave in the basement for 20 years. It had cost $20 and worked fine, but who needs 2 microwaves? He finally let me donate it when we sold the big house.

@swimcatsmom: You are doing great. One step at a time. You’re bringing your husband around to your way of thinking. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but he’s starting to budge.

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Swimcatsmom: Is there any possibility at all you could convince him to go stay with relatives or friends while you load the dumpster and have it removed? I wish for you that was possible.

@swimcatsmom, does anyone in your area do a free recycle day for electronics? I thought the only chance to recycle old televisions, microwaves, computer equipment in my area was the spring clean-up day sponsored by my city/county government. However, I found out last year that our local electric company does a free fall collection week. Maybe something similar in your area to get rid of the scanner and microwave? You are doing great, especially with tweaking your husband’s viewpoint!

Also, check Best Buy. In my neck of the woods, they take stuff for recycling.

We have a local moving company that you can hire to empty a house into a dumpster. Two men and a truck, they are a franchise and may be in your area. You can decide what goes in while they are there. If you think you may need more than one dumpster load, you can arrange to have it emptied, and then immediately refill.

The good news is I filled 2 and a bit bags yesterday and today and threw away an old dresser (well it’s in bits in The garage). The bad news is its because a pipe in the master bath sprang a pinhole leak. Good news part of that is H HAD to call a plumber cause we did not know where the water was coming from. He quickly found the leak and fixed it, discovered we had had a small leak in the wall from a faucet in the shower, and fixed the terrible low water pressure issue we’d had for years in that ?. Bad news is we have a big hole in the wall, the carpet in the bedroom was soaking wet, and when we moved the couple of pieces of furniture that had been in front of the wall where the slow leak was, the carpet where the bottom of the furniture rested on the carpet was black. The one old dresser fell apart when we moved it.

The frustrating thing was the bedroom was the room I had made the most progress in so was probably my most comfortable spot in the house! I guess a good thing that I had decluttered so much in there or dealing with the aftermath would have been even harder. Spent last night and half today sucking gallons of water out of the carpet with a rented bissel . Had to move everything out of to one side of the room and am sleeping in my son’s old room for the foreseeable future.

So I need to make lemonade out of this lemon. I wanted to get rid of the old ugly dresser anyway - was expecting to meet with some resistance as it predates me but when it fell apart that was the end of thst. Carpet needed replacing anyway. As we have moved several pieces out of the room I am thinking I should take the opportunity to move everything out of the room then paint it, recarpet it and only move back in what instant to be there. Will kind of throw me off plan for the rest of the house but as we’ve done so much work moving stuff already seems a shame to not capitalize.

Stuff being set made me fairly ruthless about filling the trash sack.

Trying hard to find a silver lining here!

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@swimcatsmom You have worked hard and so deserve a room that is done! This may be the universe’s way of rewarding your hard work.

Yes, you deserve a personal sanctuary.

Hmmm…tear the carpet out and get rid of the bed and everything completely. Buy new all for you and only you.
If too much $$ buy new to you/used. Take the room!!! The fairies are helping you :).

I finally finished a project which allowed me to separate 4 large bags of papers that must be shredded (Office Depot).
And filled 3 bags for good will. Goal is to double that by this weekend.

I have a giant itch to throw away something. I think the old pair of dress shoes Mr. has been using as yard shoes will do. His current pair will become yard shoes, and a new Ecco pair will take the spot by the front door. Oh the circle of life of my husband’s shoes. :slight_smile:

One of my favorite holidays is coming up: My town’s Annual Spring Cleanup. On Saturday they will send garbage trucks to pick up anything out on the curb. But on Friday tons of “ treasure hunters” come around and pick things up. I like to put up my “ good stuff” on Friday morning, the stuff I’d normally take to Goodwill. People get very excite when they see say a pair of Hunter boots or brand new salad set still in the box (I got my mother in laws one year after they moved and she insisted on me taking it…I didn’t need it). I have no intention of letting this stuff go to the garbage trucks, if it wasn’t picked up by those driving by I’d put it in my car Friday night and take it to Goodwill, but it always goes and I feel like I made someone taking the initiative really happy.

@maya54, that sounds absolutely delightful.

@swimcatsmom: I agree that you deserve a private sanctuary – and a lot more!!

Also, you have my permission to use the story of the leaking pipe and the rug and the dresser to goad your husband into worrying about what else might be lurking behind piles of stuff all around the house.

@maya54 we have the same thing! Last weekend was community yard sale, an awesome push for me to clear out every year. Then following is the spring pickup by the service department!

Well I have a 30 cubic yard dumpster being delivered Friday afternoon. We have it for 29 days which is about when I leave to go visit my brother in England.

When my daughter heard about our flooded bedroom and ruined carpet she asked if they could come help with that and some dejunking. She is a science teacher and it’s their last week this week. She’d like to help with some of the dejunking before it gets too hot so plans to come May 21-23 (was 20-23 but she got an interview for a new teaching position fingers crossed) by herself then 26-28 with her husband. I’d like to have got the garage door fixed first cause it would have been easier to get things out of the garage but I couldn’t get that done by then so went ahead and rented the dumpster.

I can’t quite visualize how much a 30 yard dumpster will hold - a lot but we have an awful lot. It costs around $355 each time we empty it. It may be a 2 step process with having it 29 days now then another 29 days in the fall when it cools off some. If you keep it over 30 days and don’t empty it 2 times in the 30 days they charge an additional almost $200 rent so it may be more practical to do it in 2 stages especially as I will be gone almost 3 weeks.

We spent last weekend cutting the bedroom carpet and pad up and putting it in black trash sacks. The wet stuff is all gone (well it’s on the back porch in bags till we get the dumpster). Whew, that stuff stank. My whole house was smelly. Then I stripped the old wallpaper from the master bath. Goal is to repaint both rooms then decide on flooring. I’m pretty off carpet right now. That water coming out of it after the leak was ? gross. I’m leaning toward the luxury vinyl wood look planks.

I’m slightly intimidated by the whole thought now that I am getting some help. If we can get the garage cleaned out and some of the outside junk and the back porch then the rest will begin to feel doable.

H knows it’s happening - I asked him yesterday if we should rent a 20yard or 30. he thought 20 was big enough and said rather dourly with 30 we could just empty the garage without even looking at stuff ( sounds good to me :)). I dragged him to the city waste department to set up the rental and they guy there pointed out if we weren’t sure what size to get the price differential was $55 for 50% more space so I went with the 30… He’s not thrilled but I think he accepts I’m adamant this time. I filled 5 bags with stuff from the garage while he was at water board last night. Anything That was worthwhile is pretty much destroyed and pretty sure we’ve had mice or rats chewing on stuff. My hope is he’ll just keep out of the way and not interfere.

Wish me luck!