It took two days before he noticed, but Ralph has realized that I’ve now started to tackle his “stuff” in a place other than the basement. I needed a little daylight so I started upstairs in the catchall room.
It usually helps when I find things that he’s been looking for. I didn’t find that many things other than Huge piles of artwork he had forgotten about. I did clear a substantial path through and found out that my assumption was correct. There wasn’t that much stuff. There were a lot of boxes with a little stuff in each. When they’re haphazardly placed, you can’t tell that and it looks like a huge project. It’s not as monumental as the complaining that goes on around here would suggest.
I spent much of the time un-crinkling hundreds (I’m not kidding here) of drawings of Ralph’s. I had to come up with a way to get them straightened out and in a system where they can eventually be sorted. I’m not doing the sorting, just the preserving at the moment. I’ve found several flat boxes (among all of the half full boxes…) where I can simply put the drawings in flat and that helps to keep them safe. It really frustrates me that I treat his artwork gently and he doesn’t.
All that being said, I’ve accomplished a lot in the last few days. I have a huge pile of empty boxes now and a lot of recycling to go out. Why Did we have catalogs from 2006?!?! I’m contemplating borrowing my friend’s recycling bin. She lives a few houses down the street and is away at the moment. I know that since the recycling doesn’t get picked up until Tuesday, my bin will prove insufficient. It almost is already!!
I’m looking forward to trash day tomorrow. I know that sounds Very strange but I am. I have two full trash bins plus there are things in the basement too large for a bin and they need to go out too.
I’m feeling very good about this purge and I’m planning on continuing. I hope to have a huge chunk of it completed before I go away at the end of July. I’m feeling pretty good about the whole thing. As long as Ralph doesn’t notice!!