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Biking it and Garage sales

The boys and I rode bikes to school today for the first time. They did really good and Matthew is picking up speed. I think that means he is losing a bit of his fear of falling. We did have one MAJOR mishap when Michael had pulled ahead of us in the home stretch to get to school. He was going pretty fast, and tried to hit his hand brake. I don't know if he slipped off of it, or was just too late, but he slammed into a brick wall. Cut his finger and bruised it up pretty good, but other than that was ok. I walked his bike and mine the rest of the way, with him screaming the whole time, so we could go see the school nurse. I haven't had a call back, so I guess it didn't get any worse. I'm a bit concerned, however, that his bike rim may have bent slightly. I'll see how it rides for him on the way home. We just bought it last week, so I'll be pissed if it is broken (now that I know he's ok).

On another note, as much as I love going to garage sales, I hate HAVING a garage sale. That's probably why I had 10 years of stuff piled up in this house. Moving is the only thing that makes me get rid of things.

Not anymore!!!!

I cleared out the closet under the stairs yesterday, and started piling all of the 'garage sale' things in the formal living room and the things to take to the dump in the kitchen. After COMPLETELY clearing the closet (this is a HUGE freaking closet! L-shaped and about 10 feet long and 6 feet wide at the back.), I went to Wally-World and got several cheap white plastic shelves, the heavy duty kind you usually put in your garage. I now have shelves along the back wall that hold all of my crafts and other 'pamper me' items that only get used occasionally - like the big green massage monster from Brookstone. The long wall is lined with shelves and holds the boys' games, sports equipment, and other odds and ends. I hope to get it where most of their toys are in that closet on the shelves, and out of bins spread throughout the downstairs.

I also cleaned out the attic. It's absolutely AMAZING! Before this, things were piled all the way to the stairs. You had to go to the top of the stairs and just TOSS things over the pile to 'store' them. That's all gone now. Just our holiday things up there. I went through everything and did the garage sale / dump it sort again.

Today, I brought down all of our storage boxes for clothes that are on our closet shelves and made 5 large bins into about 2. The rest is garage sale. I did the same for the boys closet.

Then, I piled the van FULL of bags and took everything I'm tossing to the dump.

You pretty much can't see our living room. it's completely covered in about 5 feet of STUFF - an elliptical machine I never use, a high chair, double stroller, bouncy seat, clothes, toys, four car seats, puzzles, EVERYTHING.

I feel so CLEANSED!!!! I hope I can get to my office closet before the sale on the 30th and 31st. It needs serious help and I know there is a lot that can go from there. It's also a walkin closet you can't walk in. Maybe I'll even get to the spare room closet.

Oh, and screw this 'back alley, everything on tables' shit. My garage sale is going to be in the front yard, spread out on the yard or in bins. I'm taking advantage of the fact that the neighborhood right next to our house is having a 'neighborhood' garage sale those days, and they're doing lots of advertising. I'm just going to put a sign in my front yard, have my stuff out and bleed off of their traffic *laugh*


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Mar. 21st, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yay for cleaning out stuff!

I hope Michael and his bike are both really okay!
Mar. 21st, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Um, are you done? Come on over and get started on my attic, would ya? My address is.....

That's a pretty sweet deal for you to be able to take advantage of the neighborhood garage sale!!! I NEVER get my stuff outside for a sale. I always just give up and call the Kings Ranch or Hannah Home to come pick up the stuff for a donation. *sigh* No telling how much money I've given away...at least it's tax deductible.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
you know the next step, right?

immediately after the garage sale, take the proceeds and buy more crap to replace the crap you just sold.
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