I am very embarrassed by the picture that you see in this post. I’m not proud that I have let things get so out of hand. I feel like such a failure as a mom and wife. But if you read this post from last week, you may have a little more empathy for me.
Our neighborhood is having a community garage sale in two weeks. Garage sales are a great way to get rid of things while making (a very little bit of) money. As they say, your trash is someone else’s treasure. Our kids are growing up and we have a few things that we need to purge…so I started the process today.
As I began the task of going through the toys in the game room, I was immediately taken aback by the amount of junk that my kids have collected over the year since we had our last garage sale. Not only was there a lot of “stuff”, but there was also a lot of disgustingness (I know that is not a word, but work with me here). Here are 10 things that I found while cleaning out the game room, looking for things to sell (some of it is just hoarding, other things are just nasty):
1. Two empty Push Pop holders. I didn’t attempt to open the bottles, as I may have released a toxin that the CDC could not identify (all of that spit mixed with sugar–blech).
2. At least a dozen orphaned socks. The only thing I can think to do with these is wash them and hope that they magically find their match in the laundry basket.
3. Skittles bag with one Skittle left. Who leaves one Skittle in the bag? Apparently one of my kids.
3. Rainbow Loom person. Ok, I’m not really sure if this creation was a person, but it definitely had arms and legs.
4. Staying with the Rainbow Loom theme…too many rubber bands to count. I mean, how do you lose that many rubber bands? Is she just throwing them on the ground for fun?
5. Legos. Tiny little weapons, just waiting for you to step on them.
6. Empty Nerds package. I can only assume that this box was left over from Halloween, which makes me feel even better about myself.
7. Cracked Wii game. So, our Wii is broken, which means that we can break the games, right?
8. Fisher Price crib aquarium. Not sure how long we used this, but I know that it has been way too long since we used it. Truthfully, I had no idea that it was still floating around the house.
9. Lonely Ninjago card. I’m not sure why my nine year-old insisted on keeping these things (he never used them), but I thought I had trashed them all. I thought wrong.
10. Bath and Body Works coupon. Woo! Hoo! Winning. Except that this coupon expired on September 2, 2013.
There was a lot more junk in that room (as you can see by the picture), but I have at least made a dent in organizing things for the sale. We have lots of wooden trains and tracks, blocks, Fisher Price toys, and more that we will say “goodbye” to in a few weeks. But I know that we will breathe a sigh of relief as we are going to also get rid of the couch and bed and create a more useful space for our kiddos to play (and hopefully stay organized). It’s worth it for sure.
What treasures have you found while cleaning your house? Do you have any organization tips to share?by