On the plus side

Before I got derailed yesterday by realizing just how much I’d been spending recently, I was going to write a post about what a good week I’d had — which is still true!

1) I got paid, and pulled my emergency fund up to $4500. I have just under one month until it’s finally at goal. I can’t wait!

2) The Great Attic Cleanout of 2015 went really, really well. I had no idea how much of my old stuff was up there — I knew I had “a few boxes of books,” but oh my lord. Then, there’s my parents’ and my brother’s stuff. In the end, I cleared out:

  • Nine (small, but still) boxes of books (donated to library)
  • Four boxes of books (taking back with me)
  • Two ancient computers, one giant heavy monitor, one dot matrix printer, and two bags of misc. paraphernalia — speakers and keyboards and whatnot (going to electronics recycling this weekend)
  • About a dozen empty boxes (no, seriously, they were just up there empty; now in recycling bin)
  • Three falling-apart plastic hanging clothes bags (replaced by one nice new hanging clothes bag)
  • One large box of dolls/clothing/etc (taking back with me so I can repair/mend/clean and pass on to my goddaughter)
  • Two large boxes of children’s and adult clothing (donated to Goodwill)
  • My great-grandmother’s wedding china service (taking back with me; long story, but my family ended up with three generations of china, and this is my allotment. It’s service for 12 so I’m going to have to give more dinner parties.)
  • Some miscellaneous other things

There’s still a lot up there, but I think I either am taking, or have donated, pretty much everything that was mine. And you can now see all four walls! And not trip over things trying to walk around in the middle aisle! It was a hell of a lot of work, but I feel so much better now that I’ve done everything I can possibly do for the moment.

18 thoughts on “On the plus side

  1. Glad you’re acknowledging the good stuff too! That sounds like a huge project and it’s always interesting to uncover treasures of the past. When my mom moved from my childhood house she just threw away everything and I never got a chance to see what was there. Not that I wanted to keep it, but it would just be nice to see it before it got thrown out for one last chuckle.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      My mom never throws anything away! She’s getting better now (hence allowing me to get rid of so much stuff) but the attic was in horrible shape. It made me really happy to do this.

  2. DebtFreeJD says:

    I have done a Great Attic Cleanout. In August heat in an un-airconditioned attic. It was awful. Only the fact that I was pregnant/now have a new baby saved me from having to participate in a similar Great Basement Cleanout. However, that lesson was well-learned: if anything, I throw out too much stuff, rather than keep things hanging around.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I basically could work up there about 90 minutes every morning, so I spent most of them hauling boxes downstairs to be sorted through in the relatively cool bedrooms 🙂

  3. ARBM says:

    That sounds like a super productive clean out!
    I’m working slowly at my 31 day clutter challenge…
    Glad that you are still feeling positive. That’s important!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I absolutely loved doing that cleanout! Good luck with yours.

  4. Sounds like a productive week! And I think finding and taking home your great-grandma’s china is awesome. I love old china…it sets a beautiful table and has a great story. Think of how many dinners were eaten from those plates!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Yes! I’m really excited about eating off this china in the future 🙂

    2. Alicia says:

      Ha, if it’s anything like the china my family has, then perhaps about 5 meals total over 75 years. I understand the sentiment, but fine china rarely gets used around my parts 🙂

      1. thesingledollar says:

        Yeah, that’s probably about right 🙂 I do intend to use it though — even for ordinary everyday meals! My feeling is that china was made to be used, and if a plate gets broken every now and then, oh well. I don’t like packing things away for special occasions that never come!

  5. A dot matrix printer? I remember those!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      right? They were such exciting technology! Back in the day 🙂

  6. That attic clean out seems like a huge undertaking! I have hoarding tendencies so that likely would be have been emotionally overwhelming for me. How awesome that you got your stuff out of there. That reminds me: My china set is sitting at my parents house. I should get it out of there.

    and… super duper cool that you are at $4500. $500 left before you can make the house fund big and strong!!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I am not really a hoardery person at all, so my role in the family is to help everyone else get over their anxiety about getting rid of stuff 🙂

  7. Congrats on getting through the attic cleanout! And on getting so close to your e-fund target!

    Congrats also on not taking too much of that attic stuff with you. When I did the great hoarder house cleanout for a parent, I tossed TONS of stuff, but still ended up with like eight boxes I shipped back to myself. Which have just sat in the garage since then, over a year. Maybe that’s just the time I needed to let that stuff go for good…

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I did take some boxes back, but I think I really will use everything I took, so there’s that! I think it’s ok to let things sit in the attic/garage for a while until you’re ready to let them go, just as long as you get to them eventually. I don’t like having things that aren’t being actively used; I’ve always been a big fan of not keeping things unless they get regular action.

  8. Chonce says:

    Glad to hear that your emergency fund is getting up there. It’s such a struggle for me while paying off debt but something is always a better foundation than nothing.

    1. It has been really a struggle for me even *without* the debt — $5000 doesn’t seem like that much to save but it has been a HAUL. I’m so proud of you for making such progress while also paying down debt!

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