I’m the ugly neighbor [day 263]

I know my neighbors must cringe when they drive by garage when the door is open.  I’m clearly the ugly neighbor.  Since I’ve been downsizing in the cold weather, everything was pitched out into the garage, in anticipation of some warm weather to get everything to the appropriate places.  Where are those places?  Anywhere but a landfill… the thrift store, the food pantry, craigslist, and last but not least, freecycle.

I needed to not only get the stuff out, but I needed to find one specific can of paint in the vast mountains of paint cans in my garage.  Well, after pulling all the paint out onto the driveway in preparation to give it away, I could not find the one can I needed for my kitchen ceiling.  Seriously?

I didn’t count, but I know there was well over 100 cans of paint.  I got rid of 99% of what I had.  I really wanted to do something fun and creative in the process of getting it out of my garage, but I found myself in gridlock, paralyzed by the sheer amont of stuff in my garage.  There’s just no time to creatively get rid of my stuff, so I started placing all of it on the driveway and listing it on freecycle as I cleaned it out.  About 80% of the stuff is gone already, in less than a day.

I collected coats, blankets, food and miscellaneous stuff from friends an neighbors to donate to the homeless and impoverished.  All of that is in my car and will be delivered to the appropriate destinations today.  It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  Less stuff feels good.  And just so I’m not tempted to collect more junk, I gave away the shelving unit that I cleared off yesterday.  No empty shelves to refill, just nice, clean empty s p  a     c         e.  

2 Responses to “I’m the ugly neighbor [day 263]”

  • Amy Tuggey Says:

    Hey I stopped by yesterday while you were out…Grace and I showed great restraint as she only chose the pink and black spray paints…she has a plan for an art project.

    Now that the weather is decent, I am going to pick a couple of storage boxes to go through on the patio (it’s halfway tot he garbage/car so most will go away and not back into the house. We shall see….

    BTW – your neighbors take what you do and are inspired…I would venture to say that the stories they tell about you to non-neighbors are all POSITIVE…with a little crazy bend to them 😀

    • jody wissing Says:

      Once my stuff made it to the garage, basically out of the house, I was very selective about anything that came back in. I can’t believe the difference in having less stuff. It’s truly an unexpected miracle. And I love my neighbors! (from the old ‘hood too!!!) 😉