So, let's take a break from outside and talk about the basement for a minute.
As I said before, we didn't elect to do a yard sale during Spring Break this year because (a) it's an awful lot of effort for not much of a return, never mind a day used completely up by sitting on the front steps and (b) it snowed.
So most of the stuff we'd be gathering to maybe possibly sell we ended up donating to the YWCA downtown, because it felt much better to give stuff to women and children who desperately need it than to hock it out to our neighbors.
There were a couple of things that we did actually sell on Craigslist/Half Price Books, but that was only recently.
Sure enough, after donating, selling, and then finally unpacking a few boxes that hadn't been touched since we moved in five years ago, we've made a dent:
You couldn't even get to that shelf back there before. And now, that shelf has my shipping materials for my Etsy shop. So that's nice to have that centralized.
Kyle worked on the other side of the basement:
Which admittedly doesn't look a whole heck of a lot different, but I assure you, it is. Mostly because we finally purged some boxes from things like our circular saw, my stand mixer, computers we don't even have any more, that kind of thing. Apparently I have inherited the box hoarding after all.
Of course, we still have quite a ways to go:
But thanks to the IndieGoGo campaign of the fall, we have just enough to be able to take a load or two to the dump of old construction debris and random non-useful cuts of wood/drywall/cement board, which will be nice to clear out.
Our goal for this year is to get the basement as cleared out and organized as possible so that we may be able to start demoing all of the awful moldy bits and mapping out our finished spaces.
Of course, if we have something you need/want hanging out here waiting to be disposed of, let me know and we'll work it out. We're all about sharing the the bounty over here, because you all have always been so generous with us, so pay it forward and all that jazz.