Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall--A Time For Cleaning

For a long time now I have been wanting to clean out my attic. I had things just sitting in other places upstairs, as there was literally not room for one more thing in the attic. I knew that much of what was there belongs to my husband's daughter. She has her own home, so I felt it would be good to let her "re-claim" her treasures.

I started last Friday and worked pretty much all day. By the end of the day I had most of Janelle's belongings neatly stacked in my garage. I decided, with the nice weather, that my car could stay outside for a while. That way, she can get her things over to her home at her convenience. (I'm sure it may require some help from my hubby).

I didn't want to put anything back in the attic on Saturday, as Lynn and Janelle wanted to go through what was left and see if there were more things she wanted. They couldn't do it Saturday, as they were spray-painting some buildings at her place. So Saturday I began going through some of my things and now have quite a large stack of things to go to Goodwill.

Sunday afternoon, Lynn and Janelle did go through the attic, and removed several more things. So yesterday, I began to re-organize the attic, putting some of my things back in there, and transferring things from the other two bedrooms to the attic.

As a result, the bedrooms upstairs are now organized, and the attic still has plenty of room for future needs. I wish I had a before and after picture of the attic, but failed to take one before I started. Today, I'm going to vacuum and dust the upstairs rooms and the stairway. Then--Voila--a project completed.

I must say, after one hundred trips (that may be an exaggeration, but maybe not) up and down the stairs, I am rather stiff and sore this morning. But the up side is, I'm sure I needed to exercise those muscles anyway!

As wonderful and liberating as it feels to have my attic clean, I would do well to make sure my heart is clean as well.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O Lord and renew a right spirit within me.


Rebecca said...

I didn't know the part about your car not having a spot to park in the garage! (Gary had seen the pictures before he went to your house. I asked him if HE saw a lot of difference in the pile still there and he said "NO".) Thanks for the table & chairs. He said he has an idea for the backs of the chairs. Will see.

Sorry about your sore joints. I had a few myself after running after grandchildren. Just had nothing tangible to show for it, like YOU do!

Diana said...

Doesn't it feel good to have that chore done? I wish I could get my older daughter to take all of her stuff but she lives too far away.
How on earth did you get that old truck from the attic to the garage, LOL!!!
Hope your soreness goes away soon.
Love Di ♥

Wanda..... said...

You may now come over and clean my attic, Donna.

Donna's Book Nook said...

Rebecca--I'll have to see the chairs when they're done!

Di--aren't you funny--Getting that truck there was quite a feat! LOL! (It's a '51 that my hubby is restoring)

Wanda--No way--I'm done with attics for a while!

Bernie said...

What a big job you have completed, you must feel really good about it. I have to start some Fall cleaning around here although my attic is okay, but the basement needs much work for sure.....:-) Hugs

Dee said...

Good job Donna...I am in the mood to clean myself.

Cindy - Letters From Midlife said...

I love the feeling of cleaning out and re-organizing what is left. I enjoyed your cleaning journey via this post!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Looks like a stack of treasure the "American Pickers" might be interested in! Gracious, just reading this post made me tire... made me think about our recent move and all that we got rid of; I hate a crowded attic. Still and yet, they seem to find us, don't they? Kind of makes me think before buying anything new.

Glad for some new found "space" in your life. It always feels good to carve out some more room to breathe!


Wanda..... said...

Looks like you had a nice Birthday, Donna!!!