My sister, Opera, and I (mostly Opera) spent a couple of weeks going through my folks house for my mom, trying to rid it of the unnecessary. It will be nice for her to go on her mission, knowing that her house is organized and she won't have to return and go through my Dad's stuff. We knew it would be a big task, but boy did we underestimate how overwhelming and exhausting it would be (both physically and emotionally). I'm glad we did it, though. There are just some things of my dad's that we know my mom will never have a use for.
We decided to hold a garage sale at the end-- reasoning that the less we have to physically haul away, the better. What will amaze people who know how the garage looked, we were actually able to hold the sale in the garage. In fact, I think it was one of the cleanest in-garage garage sales I've ever seen. I give most of the credit to Opera, and I now have a strong testimony of shop vacs.
Here are a few photos:
There is still more left than we want to have to haul off, so I'm holding another sale this weekend to try to rid us of more stuff. Hopefully we're successful. I'm looking forward to putting all of this behind me. Although, there are some things I'm sure I'll never forget...