You start out by putting those piles up higher so little hands cant get into them. After awhile those piles get mixed up a bit because they are looking for something. Or the piles get added to because it's something that has to be gone thru anyway, what's one more thing??
This system is coming back to haunt me.
Since we have this move coming up, I'm trying to slowly work my way thru the piles. Some of these piles are in boxes (because the piles kept falling over and I stuck it in a box "to go thru later") or in some kind of container. One container that's been sitting in the kids' bathroom hallway is a HUGE briefcase that the IO used to use. He kept study material in there. When I lifted the briefcase it was heavy so I figured it had his books in it.
Last week I sat down and opened it to see what books he would still want and what books I could put back in the bookshelves. Imagine my surprise when it was filled with cross stitch books!!!!!!! Now add to the surprise by realizing I have never seen these project books before! I have NO IDEA how these got in here. These are patterns/projects that I did not buy stored in a place I would never put my stuff. The best guess is that it was part of the stuff a woman from ballet gave me and the IO stuck it in there when one of the bags ripped.
The briefcase is now empty and the books are now separated into a pile for ebay and a pile for a yard sale (see, more piles.....)
The container I tackled today is one that is kept in my bathroom hallway (apparently a place we like to store boxes) and its been something I've been having to deal with for a LONG time. I've pulled some stuff out of it, and put some stuff into it, but it's never been completely emptied out for a couple of years.
It doesn't *look* scary, but I know better. I put the radio on, pull out the garbage can and get to work.
In no particular order, this is what I found:
- A sham wow knockoff
- misc food magazines
- abt 5 finished cross stitched projects waiting to be framed
- frames for said cross stitched projects
- yarn winder
- fabric markers
- greeting cards
- Simplicity patterns
- note pads
- sewing needles
- a JoAnn's receipt from 2010
- old banking info that needed to be shred
- school t-shirts that will be saved
- modern dance shoes that I planned on selling on eBay
- a spinning Mulan toy from McDonald's
- iron on patches
- fabric scissors
- pair of socks
- deck of cards
- folder for party ideas for the kids
- golfing glove
- Kung Fu Panda chia pet
- a candle
- plastic toy tea pot
- a Phantom of the Opera playbill
- a couple of screwdrivers, a wrench and a pair of pliers
- word search puzzle book
- disposable camera that needs to developed! (OMG how did THIS happen?!?)
- cat toys
- a flower pot
- a coffee mug (we used to use it to hold pencils)
- misc computer parts
- a pair of Barbie jeans
- a tire gauge
- nail clippers
- Marge Simpson action figure
Unbelievable! Some stuff made sense while other stuff just had me shaking my head. AND all of this fit into a clothes basket. Some stuff I threw away, other stuff got put in a pile to shred (that will happen once I finish this post) which leaves me with about a quarter of the basket left to sort thru.
It's amazing what a move will force you to do. However, if all this was found in a clothes basket, what will I find in here?!?!!?
*shudders in fear*