In February of 2013 we started cleaning out our closets, cabinets, the garage, our attic – Holy Crap! What a brunch of stuff we had stored and hidden in and around our house.
When we started the “great purge of 2013” we found some really strange and interesting things – like a huge yellow Frisbee with a frog on it (where did we get it and why did we keep it?) a set of bed sheets that was given to us at our wedding 20 years prior (what, we can’t afford new sheets?). Why did we keep this stuff?
In the kitchen we found coconut milk that had been expired for 3 years…..and a case of Propel that had a “drink by date” of 2010 (remember, this was 2013). Geesh!
Up in the attic we found a license plate that we picked up from the side of the road in Aruba, a license plate frame from a Mini Cooper we sold 5 years prior, a box of piano music that Lisa used to rock out to back in the 1970s, notebooks from college and a handbook from a job Lisa used to have that specifically stated on it, ” DO NOT REMOVE”. Oops. Do you think we should have returned it? We also found handwritten notecards of step aerobic routines that Lisa used when she taught step aerobics at the YWCA back in 1992 in those cool outfits from the early nineties (talking shorts with a thong on top….where did those pictures disappear to? Break out your high top Reeboks!)
Lisa was especially excited to find a dress she wore to winter formal when she begged Ronnie to take her back in 1987. The best part? It still fit her and is now part of our Halloween costume box.
After weeks of purging we started to see a pattern – this may seem like garbage to us because we no longer want or need it, but we were sure other’s would love to own our stuff, right? So we started out slow with the sell off – first it was Ebay (Lisa loved dealing with Ebay….that was fun) But even with the hassle we sold tons of stuff that way – UGG boots, Mad Bomber Hats, Cow Skins (yes we had more than one)…..Lisa turned into this crazy Ebay seller – she looked like a hoarder at her desk – fielding emails from Ebay and packing boxes. One could barely find her amidst the piles of boxes and packing tape.
We also had a giant polar bear to sell – yup, you’re heard correctly. A giant polar bear – what were we going to do with that? We thought about hiding it in the woods in our neighborhood so that when neighbors would run on the trail it would scare them but changed our minds (although we regretted not putting the polar bear there and did eventually put a wooden brown bear on the trail which did startle several of our neighbors as they would go for runs, not nice? maybe. Funny? yes). Ok, back to the polar bear. How do you get rid of a giant polar bear? Luckily our nephews and nieces were part of a playhouse in Charlotte and they were more than happy to take the donation – one free polar bear? Who could pass that up?
The “great purge of 2013” had begun…..In addition to a crazy Ebay Lady, Lisa was also a Craig’s Lister….we were selling things faster than we could list them: a sewing machine, Dooley Bears crate (which apparently we should have kept) and a 10 foot trailer went in the snap of a finger. It was amazing how much we sold out of hidden places that our home didn’t even look any different.
As people would stop by to buy their items and take them away we were wondering…What is Dooley Bear thinking? His entire world, including his buddy the Polar Bear, were leaving…..do you think he was wondering, “am I next???”