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Saturday, October 4. 2014
Life in America: It's Happy Dumpster Day at Maggie's HQ, Major Fall Cleaning
Everything in the attic, basement, and garage that has not been used in two years is on its way out today.
The attic will be emptied, completely. Nothing will ever go back up that attic pull-down stair, so long as I am alive. Will keep a few pieces of furniture that the kids might need when they find their own homes. Otherwise, total clean-out. A dumpster, and two strong helpers. Pancho and Ruiz, our good yard guys. "Nice house, but too much stuff" said Pancho.
Gave them nice tips - deserved it for sure.
Lots should probably go to Good Will but it's just too much trouble. Clothing, furniture, old kids' stuff, etc. If my legal immigrant helpers want stuff, they are welcome to it. I'm sick of my attitude of "I might need it or want it someday." Yeah, right. Will keep my Sawzall, tho. Best tool since the stone-age stone hammer. Chain saws? I use them frequently. Brio train set? A keeper!
If we lived on a busy middle-class street, almost everything would be taken by people if we put it on the curb. That's what my brother does with his excess stuff. Great set of 6 kitchen table chairs which I always liked, etc.
The way we Americans accumulate stuff is ridiculous. It expands to fill and then overflow the space - and then you can't find it even if you wanted to. That's why God, in his infinite goodness and wisdom, created dumpsters. Also, He created rent-a-tool places. Great. Why buy, store, and maintain something if you can rent it for a day or two when you need it?
Firearms? Well, I think I'll save all my spares for future grandkids. All most people really need around the house are a handgun, a deer rifle, a .22, a 16 ga. and a couple of BB guns for the little kids, but I do not even know how many firearms I have. More than I can use, for sure.
Update: It only took us only 5 hours to fill the dumpster over the brim. Found Mrs. BD's wedding gown, kept it (who knows, she might need it someday - it's a nice one and I can be a pain). Lots of keeper kids' books and keeper train set. And some antique oriental rugs I had stored away zipped up in mothballs and forgot that I had. Nice, but I don't need more rugs now. In fact, I already have a stash of very nice antique orientals waiting for my kids' use. They are not in fashion, but I love them. Especially the Caucasians. Well-worn but fascinating to look at.
Now just vacuum the whole attic, and it's done. Onward and upward with the autumn honey-do list...
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I understand that Good Will is getting very choosy about donated items, rejecting much because it is not good enough. I don't even try anymore. That stuff is burned or tossed.
Did charitable tax deductions go out with the advent of 0bamacare?
Rented tools? Depends. I am not ready to run out and buy a backhoe, but I will own my own hand tools thank you very much. I find them to be better cared for than the rented kind and cheaper as well if used for any length of time.
As for, "I might need it someday.', I confess to being a pack rat, but Mrs. Feeblemind marvels at how much of my junk actually gets reused. She has decided that farmers are the ultimate recyclers.
I always consider it a good day if nothing dies and I can fix something without spending money.
Firearms.... I have nothing against them. They are a tool I don't use.
I'm doing papers. 15 years of IRS filings, keeping the last 7. Contracts from old renters, receipts from work done over the years, etc. Why do I have the receipt from the bike I purchased 25 years ago? No idea, but I've got a box of this stuff.
2 boxes of office material which needs to head into NYC, from previous job changes.
My big clean up is next week when I empty the garage for the winter.
I enjoy watching pickers and restoration shows.
All that "stuff" was made. Even if it was machined, it's still a marvel. Design, engineering, materials selection and processing... It's an insult to look down on "stuff" as it's the product of ingenuity and hard work.
I am of the same mind as feeblemind. One can never, ever have too many tools!
Tell me about "hoarding" although it isn't really "hoarding" as much as it is "collecting".
When we got ready for the move South, sixteen pick up bed truck loads of "stuff' we had accumulated over the years - all was good "stuff", some of it we hadn't seen in over 30 years going back to when we first bought the place in CT. Gave it all to the local Masonic Lodge for their Spring yard sale. The Lodge Master told me when we visited last year they made over $5K, $3K of it off an old French built coal stove that I never knew was that valuable.
As for guns, two shotguns, four rifles, wife's .40 Glock, my .44 mag revolver and my 1911 .45.
Man I have a lot of guns. :)
Tom, you and BD are my heroes! We've been living in this house for about twenty five years and as it sits, we couldn't move because of all the STUFF we've accumulated.
Tom, don't let BD get to you. As Otto says, you have a good start. From little acorns... Let us know where you are in a couple of years! :-)
I would like the opinion of the group here at Maggie's Farm. I have an old storybook from my family from the 1920's with the story of Little Black Sambo, and others. I have saved the book, but never read to my son or granddaughter. Should I get rid of it, or give it to them, and if so, at what age?
Read Little Black Sambo to your grandkids, then hand it down one day. A great story of ingenuity and imagination. Beats most modern kids stories by a mile!
Thanks for the answer. I agree. I could never understand why it became a bad thing. I always thought it showed courage and planning as well. But, I didn't want them to get in trouble at school for talking about it. (And my brother's name is Sam.)
It became a bad thing in much the same way as 'niggardly' did. Some race pimps - including the Star Pimp, Rev. Jackson - derided it as a racist (presumably against blacks) without realizing it was about an Indian boy! It didn't matter to him anyway. It was just a tool to beat white folks over the head with anyway and any tool will do.
Look at some of these prices for Little Black Sambo!
For the first time fall is feeling and looking like fall here in central New Hampshire. Cooler temps and bright foliage have rung in the season and the need to get to the fall chores has come upon us....
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