Six weeks from today we will be moving into Scoopy. That's not far off, but in that short time, we have a lifetime of things to do.
Our house is still in complete disarray, boxes and papers everywhere. Over the years I have read numerous blogs about how to downsize, and the recommendation mostly seems to be to handle one room at a time, sorting things into four piles: keep, sell, donate and trash.That's it essentially, but it's not as easy as it sounds.
Once we decide to keep something, we then decide where to keep it, either on the road with us in Scoopy or at my parents place in Texas. The last one requires a bit of thought, because things in Texas might be stored, or used in the ranch house. So how we pack it makes a difference. Stuff for Zoe and Zac's new apartment in Bellingham also falls into the "Keep" pile, which includes lots of furniture and household items. Tara is moving to San Diego, so will not be taking much from home as she can buy what she needs cheaper than we can ship it all to her.
"Sell" is the majority of our stuff, which is nice because mostly we can just leave it laying around and the estate sale folks will handle it. It does, however, make for a cluttered house. Our donate pile is empty, as our Estate Sale person instructed us to try and sell everything first, then donate what doesn't sell.
Trash is a monstrosity of a category. We were big on saving everything. We have come across old bank statements and phone bills from 1978 and beyond. I kept every term paper I ever wrote in high school and college. It's overwhelming. Steven has literally spent days sitting at the shredder and there is still more to come.
Our estate sale isn't until the end of June, so it seems as though we have plenty of time. We don't. My Mom arrives Monday the 2nd, my Dad follows on the 8th. My sister arrives on the 11th, and Zoe and Zac's dad arrives on the 12th. Yep, we will have a house full of guests in the midst of all this chaos. But it's all for good reason, as Zac and Tara graduate from Skyline High School on Friday the 13th.
Saturday following graduation, we get a 20' U-Haul truck and start loading all the stuff designated for Texas. My parents will be driving it home instead of flying. By Monday the 16th, everyone will be gone, along with a chunk of stuff that is taking up a lot of room.
But there is no rest for the weary. As soon as the last person leaves, the estate sale team arrives. Over the next 10 days, they prepare for the sale, which is scheduled for June 27 & 28th. Before then, everything in our "Keep" pile has to be shoehorned into our bedroom so that it isn't snatched up at the sale. When we return home on the evening of the 28th, our house will be "empty & broom clean".
Seemingly, at that point we can breathe again. But no, July is just around the corner…