Let's start with what I would find when I opened the door. Don't ask why there are blinding blue walls with big white splotches all over them. It was a family project. That's all. See that pile of stuff to the left? Middlest left these things when she moved in with Biggest-in September-and back in- last month- and has been asked to move them to the shed or back in her room.
Want to know where they are now? Just a second, let me turn around.
That's right. In my office.
So anyway. Beyond the norm like luggage and sleeping bags,
I find more of my most recent child to reach adulthood.
Mid practices painting using old cardboard to save money so I had a whole lot of cardboard
and also canvas in there.
More Mid. wth? Seriously.
This is a box of stuff left from when my mom lived with us in 2007
and it's all junk but I didn't want to deal with it at the time.
Then a little further back to when Biggest moved out.
This is a really nice pair of handmade cowboy boots that she says she has no place to wear. She admired a pair a regular customer was wearing when she was about 18 and working at a sandwich shop. The next week they brought her a pair.
Because that kind of stuff happens to Biggest.
I put them in Mids room.
Ah, and then I hit the dress up bag. Oh boy. The mommy hormones started to hit about that time but I persevered. The doll is gone. The costumes? Ok yeah, They're still there.
Are you kidding Ms. G.?
This is Ouchy.
Ouchy belongs to Littlest. There is not much of her stuff in there because there is yet another big closet upstairs and it is still full. But Ouchy?
This was one of my dads hats. He died 11 years ago.
This? Oh yes! This IS a totally Awesome purse from the 80's.
What do you mean? Where do You THINK it is? : )
Mm Hmm. Doesn't fit a single toilet in the house. But! You never know.
Then we hit another clean the kids rooms out session. Thomas the train, cars and a naked Barbie.
I was going to dispose of these. Guess who saw them in the trash pile and asked me to put them back? The Seamonkey. Mr. "Just throw it all out." Mm hmm.
And whales. Of course there where whales. And there still are.
Pooh and boxing gloves. The story of my children in one photo.
Yes. That is exactly what it looks like.
Feel feel to use the photo to confound the children on family trivia game night.
Alright. Sometimes being a pack rat is very cool. No these have not been under the stairs since World War II ended.
But they had been under there so long I forgot I owned them.
Do you know what all this is?
Neither do I, so I just put it back in the box and left it under there.
Back a few more years to Pooh.
At the very back a box of Biggest. The first one. Softball trophies and Birthday Barbie.
You know those stayed too.
Last of all was our crib comforter. My parents bought it for us when I was pregnant with Biggest. Yes. It stays.
All in all I sorted thru 7 large bags of stuffed animals to be donated or disposed of.
There are two left. (One entirely filled with whales). I was troubled by the lack of apes and when questioned by Biggest realized she doesn't have them either. The monkeys have escaped!
God help us if we don't find them somewhere. You should have seen her face.
I also threw away a few boxes of junk and am proud to say you can now walk five feet into the closet. Or at least you could until The Seamonkey said, "Look at all that space"and put his stuff in it.
But while it was empty I saw something I haven't seen in many years. At the very back the closet takes a left turn and reduces to three feet high. Just the right size for a young child to sit and play Barbies in the Barbie house their mother contorted herself to create and stenciled and hand painted the walls of. There are actually six rooms but my knees didn't allow me to stay in there long.
I still refuse to concede that, as my children claim, "they are screwed up because I kept them in a closet under the stairs when they were little. "
I even let all three of them paint the clouds all over that blue sky.
And no, this will never be repainted as long as I live.
Do you have trouble saying goodbye to pieces of the past? Or are you a ruthless clutter killer?
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