Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Finding Buried "Treasures"

We've just ended our second (long) day of sorting, cleaning and reorganizing our big storage shed.  In some ways, it's like finding treasures that have been long forgotten, but we're also finding a lot of junk items that make us wonder why we've saved them for all these years.  (I don't suppose any of you can relate?)  In many ways, we're both feeling that having material possessions we aren't using is like an albatross around our necks; they all take up storage space and weigh us down mentally knowing they are there . . . perhaps feeling badly we aren't using them, while maybe someone else could.  So we are being ruthless (well, we're taking turns being ruthless while the other one waffles) in our sorting and deciding what we should keep and what would better be relocated . . . either to the junk pile, recycling or to someone we know who could use it.

Did we finish up the job today?  Nope.  Golly-gosh, I hope at the end of our third day at the task we will be done.

One big box that I sorted through today held decorations that my now-retired teacher husband used in his third grade classroom.


So how 'bout it?  Wouldn't one of you like to give this smiley scarecrow guy (he measures about 20" from tip to toe when seated) a new home?  I'm offering him as a giveaway on this post.  If you'd like him to travel from northern Minnesota to anywhere (Your home?  Your classroom?  Your child's room?) in the U.S., just say so in the comments section of this blog post and I'll enter your name in the hat for "adopting" him.  I'll end the entries when I shut off my computer this coming Friday night, October 17th, and post the name of the winner sometime Saturday.

I found some decorations for Valentine's Day and also for Easter, but I'll wait to post those as a giveaway closer to those holidays.

If I can find them in the storage shed then.

(Heck, no worry.  Everything will be so organized when we finish this undertaking that I'll know just exactly where everything is!  Uh-huh, sure.)

21 comments:

a8383 said...

Oh he is adorable! And I am sure he would love moving to a warmer climate here in Ga! Angela

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

He's adorable, I know someone out there could use him.
I have all kinds of items to go through stored in the garage.

J Yale said...

Good for you! Isn't the feeling of getting rid of things great? We too have a shed full of stuff. Some day...

Kristina said...

I know what you mean. I am finding things I forgot I even had. Saving them for what? Hubby is glad I am getting rid of some things, and getting organized again. Cute scarecrow, but I would not have anywhere to display him.

Susan said...

I have so much junk - er, treasure - to go through. My problem is that I waffle way too much. I am slowly, but surely tackling my craft/knitting/sewing/office. It's not pretty.

Mama Pea said...

Angela - I told the scarecrow he had a chance to go to Georgia and he was delighted thinking maybe he would have work all year 'round there. ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Just HOW do we manage to accumulate all this stuff?!

Mama Pea said...

J Yale - Yes, yes, yes, I really do like thinning things out. Sometimes it takes the pressure off just knowing I don't have to think about using that HUGE box of pinecones sometime in the future!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - My hubby is the "saver" of the two of us, but I've been a little embarrassed to find as much of my stuff squirreled away in the storage shed as I have. Out, out, OUT it goes!

(I won't enter your name in the drawing.)

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Ah, but it will be "pretty" once you're completely through everything. (Either that or you'll have to delegate another room in your house for what's left!)

Leah said...

We have been going through our house, shed, and barn as well. Boy does it take a long time! And wow how did we ever get so much stuff!! It seems like they multiply in the storage areas don't they? You put it away and when you come back somehow you have more then before! I think it's gremlins honestly! Haha, but good luck on sorting! I hate that job but boy does it feel good when it's done!

Ruth Dixon said...

Since I am going through our own stuff with a heavy hand, I'll turn down the scarecrow but thank you once again for my pot holders. I smile and think of you every time I use them.

Mama Pea said...

Leah - Our cleaning and sorting has made me say to my husband (more than once), "We could NEVER move!" Just thinking of physically moving all the stuff is more than I can imagine. I'm actually eager to get back to the last day (I hope) of working on the storage shed. But we've got a rain day today so I'll have to find something else to do. HAHAHEEHEEHOHOHO!

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - Aw, you're so sweet to say that about my potholders! I will give you credit for having willpower in sorting through your own stuff "with a heavy hand!" That's what it takes to get the job done.

Unknown said...

I did the ruthless thing when I moved to The Farm late last year, my suburban decorations don't quite go out here. Would love a real old fashioned scarecrow and he could have the place of honor on my big covered front porch. Love the blog. Jan in NWGA

Nancy po said...

I'd love him for my school library :)

a8383 said...

Jan, Not near Rome are you? Angela

a8383 said...

: )

Mama Pea said...

Jan - Thank you! Your name is in the hat . . . the scarecrow's hat!

Mama Pea said...

Nancy po - You're in the drawing!

Mollie said...

Would that be quilting??! ;-)