Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cleaning, Purging and Starting Fresh

Yesterday, March 18th, my sweet sis, Elaine, my boyfriend, Willie and I spent Elaine's birthday, cleaning, purging and reorganizing my shed.  It was dirty, and very hot (100 degrees at one point) and back-aching work, but we were determined to clean out the front of the shed to see what we had that could be sold, fixed for Sisters' Treasures or used at home.
    The largest majority was piled into a huge stack to set out for our semi annual citywide trash pick-up
  It was hard to give up some items that I had hoped to "fix", repurpose or for sentimental reasons keep for memories' sake (like the bentwood rocker I bought in Spain when I was just 17, visiting my sis, Elaine and her husband when they were stationed in Germany) The rocker has a broken leg that would be very difficult to fix, but I have hung onto it for years because of the sweet memories and the fact that it was first piece of furniture I ever purchased.  I guess it's time for it to go.  The upholstered chair's leg also broke and to be honest, I didn't want to reupholster it or attempt the leg repair, so it's going also.  Some items on the stack I had rescued from a salvage pile in the past with great intentions of " repurposing, but obiviously my good intentions and reality aren't jiving! ha!
      We also took 600 lbs of metal to the salvage yard and got some cash for it but forgot to take pictures! :(
      Recently we got a new tin roof on our house, so Elaine came up with the idea of using the old tin as a flooring for the outer shed area to attempt to keep my "keepers" a little cleaner!
  This will be my staging area for projects waiting for upcycling and items for sale (plus our storage area for the lawn mowers).
      This side still needs work, but this will be my "project work area".
We're going to put down tin for this ground area also.  I'll post pictures on FACEBOOK, Sisters' Treasures site once I have it done.
There are still plenty of projects and good "junk" to sell even after the purge.

I don't think I need to lament too much for projects I've given up on, do you?? ha!
Now, if I can only get to the inside of the shed and work magic there, I'd be (exhausted) but one happy camper.
I want to give a HUGE shout out to Elaine for spending her birthday doing extreme manual labor and to Willie for enduring the heat to help us with this vast project!


  1. I know it's how hard it is to let go of things....I need to purge some stuff too...but instead I keep buying more!! Yall did an Awesome Job!

  2. Oh, I want to be your trash man (lady), LOL.
    100 degree weather sounds so good right now,
    we don't have snow today, but we do have a very heavy frost.
    I'm dreaming about wearing tank tops and working in my garden :)
    I would love to invite you to visit and follow me back.
    I don't always take the time to leave a comment, but I love your blog,and would be honored to have you as a mutual follower. I have met the nicest people through blogging and would love to get to know you better.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  3. It is a chore- gets me motivated to do more with mine! I'm loving those drawers and red something on the last picture! Will you be set up in Warrenton??? I totally Dig the tin sheets for flooring- I'm going to have to do that, Great Idea!!!!!

    1. Suzanne, the drawers are for sale. Not sure what the red thing is in the background.

  4. Great job on the blog. I actually made it out of bed by 5:50 this morning and have no reason why it was so early. Looks really good and hope you have had time to complete the project so it can rain.

  5. Betsy, you like all of us are on the verge of being turned in to the Hoarders Show :) I've doing the same, just little by little.

  6. Hello sisters, I was pleased as punch to hear from you and very excited to have you as my newest followers.
    Thank you.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  7. I talked to Elaine last night, how sweet of her to spend her Birthday working with you! It is looking great, keep up the work and I'm sure it will motivate to work on the different things you are uncovering!

  8. Heat, junk goodness, citywide piles......thinking of you in our never ending winter here in Wisconsin. Texas....here I come!

  9. Hi, I'm back, you are probably getting tried of hearing from me, but . . . Come visit and join in the fun of our $25 Amazon gift card give-a-way. It's my way to help by sweet hubby get some new followers and to celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary :)
    Have a lovely day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)
    Check out our new project . . . it's a big one and will take a huge amount of elbow grease, but that is something we have plenty of :)

  10. Wow, you have some amazing treasures there!!! Wish I lived by you! Would just love to come and look! Good luck on the purge!