We started in my sister Angie's old room. She worked on one walk-in closet, while I dove in to the second. Considering that my parents have lived in this house for 16 years or so, we found some pretty interesting things, including:
- A sterile cup that held the metal screw that used to be in Angie's ankle after surgery for a soccer injury.
- Two sailor dresses from our annual sorority "Cruise Night" rush party
- About a dozen or so old dance recital costume and a nun costume
- My mom's senior prom dress (which we counted has been moved to at least seven different houses)
- A couple of Angie's kindergarten projects (mind you, she is 31 years old)
- More pairs of old underwear than I care to count
- Lots and lots of old pictures, one of which I'm going to scan and e-mail to AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com
My brother Nick's old room actually had a few useful items in it, not too surprising since he's only 4, 6 and 10 years older than my kids. I snagged a couple of boxes of math flash cards (won't my kiddos be happy!) and two sport coat/pants outfits that may come in handy for the next time we have a wedding or a funeral to attend.
All total, we bagged up seven 55-gallon bags of trash and delivered eight 55-gallon bags of cast offs to the Goodwill. That's 825 gallons of stuff! We're going to list some of the furniture on Craig's List and a few smaller items on eBay.
I'm only heading home with a small laundry basket of items, which is one benefit of having never actually lived in this house. Just wait until Angie's husband eyes the three boxes of stuff she's bringing home.
It was a big job, but we had a lot of fun going through some of the stuff, especially the old pictures. So much fun, in fact, that we're looking for a date to come back and tackle the basement!