At the end of each day, I post a recap of what happened today and what progress I made. I try to be as detailed as possible when tracking the project.
I started the day off on time today which meant that I had more time in the day to spend cleaning my sister’s bedroom. I got up in the wee hours of the morning and accidentally woke my mom up while cleaning. She decided to stay up and clean part of the living room. Yay the cleaning bug is spreading!
If only I looked this good at 4am…
Number of hours spent cleaning: 13
Supplies purchased: 0
Amount spent: $0.00
Number of (13-gallon kitchen) bags trashed: 2.5
Number of bags/boxes for giveaway: 3.5
The trash bin was emptied on Tuesday morning and I’ve already filled it up. Whoops? And I’ve now got six full boxes of stuff for giveaway in the room I’m working on.
I spent a whopping 13 hours cleaning today, which is almost as much time as I spent on the first and second days combined (14 hours). I focused on a small area on the side of my sister’s bed. Although I spent a lot of time on the area, I still feel like I’m not making much visible progress. Here are the comparison pictures:
There were a couple of obstacles that set me back as far as pacing goes:
1. Papers take super long to sort through! I had to sort out a crate filled with papers including bank statements, old writing assignments, awards and certificates, letters from old friends and pictures. I felt like there would be no end to sorting that crate!
2. The giveaway boxes take up a lot of room, especially as I fill more of them with stuff. Right now I’ve got a tower of four large boxes stacked and two more boxes stacked in the area I just cleaned today. I can’t take the giveaway boxes out of the room because, well, I don’t have any place to put them. All the other rooms are far worse than this one. I’m constantly having to move things to get to other things; it feels like I’m in a real life slide puzzle.
The other option would be to bring the boxes outside the house. There are two problems with this. First, the triple-digit heat, dust, and weather would easily damage the cardboard boxes and items inside. Second, there will be a tendency to not do anything about the boxes once they’re outside. When I tried to clean another room before, I put giveaway items into a large box. I asked my mom where I should put it and she told me to bring it outside. I told her that I was worried about the weather damaging the items inside, including my just-like-new baby dresses. She assured me that the box would be donated right away. Years later that box is still outside where I left it, weathered by heat, cold, dust, and rain. Needless to say, I am done bringing stuff outside that’s still in good enough condition to donate or sell.
What can I do? Well I can’t really do much about the paper sorting, that’s just going to take long no matter what. But for the giveaway boxes…
I placed an order with PODS today. They’re scheduled to deliver a 12x8x8 unit to my house sometime on Monday and I’ll have it onsite for two months. I’ll say more about PODS on Monday when they deliver and when I’m charged. I’m just relieved that I’ve got the storage thing squared away. I should also mention that PODS customer service is excellent. Thanks so much Carol!
I also did some research on renting 30-yard roll-off dumpsters. I put in a request for a quote on one website then got a phone call later in the afternoon with information. Absolutely horrible customer service. I think I was talking to someone in India who didn’t understand the questions I was asking him. It was very frustrating. The dumpster rental ended up costing more for 10 days than PODS for two months, so I decided not to get it. [But if you have any better dumpster rental company suggestions feel free to send them my way!]
Of course I would find this. It’s the story of my life.