All Packed Up and Nowhere to Go

For the past two weeks, I’ve been finding all of our non-essential items, organizing, purging, and packing. It’s made me realize how much we have that we could really live without. Right now, ten boxes have been packed, padded, labeled, and stored away. Ten boxes of books, picture frames, various home decorations, and dishes that I know will not be essential for us to have in the next two months, or ever really. We don’t even know where we’ll put the things we do “need” in December.

We also have one gigantic, heaping box of things to get rid of. I’ve been thinking of how to get rid of some of these things, and I’ve decided to pawn them off on you, dear reader. So, if you see anything on the following list that strikes your fancy, let me know. I’ll probably edit this post to add more items as the packing continues and to remove things that have been taken if this turns out to be a successful way of getting rid of clutter.

So, here it goes.

1 large green plastic watering can (probably holds 2 gallons)
1 pink 5″ x 7″ multi-pocket file
1 Michelangelo action figure (the Ninja Turtle, not the artist)
1 package with 2 iron-onto-fabric velco strips with velcro letters
2 Motorola phone chargers
1 navy blue and black spaghetti strap dress from Express, size Small (FYI: this is not originally mine and I only tried it on once–on me, it was not a pretty picture.)
1 black men’s wallet, used, has a sticker on the inside
2 floral teacups and saucers
40 (plus a bag of extras) Christmas cards that are light blue and say “Peace on Earth” in silver
1 cast-iron (I think) bowl holder (the bowl is broken but it can hold other like-sized dishes)
1 bill organizer with small storage drawer
1 white baseball cap with a grey tree on the front
20 mini bungee cords
1 owl beanie baby with a graduation cap that says Class of 2004
1 large glass vase
1 ballerina doll that spins on her toes, clothes for her and a full length ballet mirror
2 contact cases
1 unopened bottle of contact solution, equate brand
1 L.E.D. head lamp
1 small navy blue make-up bag
1 bright light green short-sleeved sweater with a small stain I didn’t want to try that hard to get out
1 light and dark green striped shirt with stars on it, Junior’s medium
1 silver Faith Hope Love bracelet
1 bracelet/ankle bracelet, pink suede ties, flower on a piece of shell
3 stretchy pink beaded necklaces
1 faux pearl necklace with silver chain
1 set faux pearl earrings (a bunch of small faux pearls grape-style on each earring)
1 set stud earrings with faux pearl flower
1 bracelet with pink and purple crystals

Kitchen items:
2 plastic goblets, 1 blue and 1 pink
2 very large pink plastic cups
3 ice cube trays to make skinny ice cubes to put in water bottles
1 pinapple cutter
1 citrus juicer
1 thermos
1 black sake set
1 corkscrew
1 pasta serving measure
3 plastic spoons
1 large whisk
1 pasta server
1 somewhat dull chopping knife
1 plastic lettuce knife

Books: (I don’t vouch for all of these…)
Mr. Darcy’s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston
Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally edited by Angela Jane Fountas
Tokugawa Religion: The Cultural Roots of Modern Japan by Robert Bellah
Asthma for Dummies
Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Trends of Civilization and Culture by Charles Gray Shaw
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits edited by Mike Ashley
258 Great Dates While You Wait by Shelenberger & Johnson
Perfect Peace by Hannah Whitall Smith
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
An Open Heart by The Dalai Lama
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Volkswagen Blues by Jaques Poulin (written in French)
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Greek View of Life by Dickinson
Storm Front (Book 1 of the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
Fool Moon (Book 2 of the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril (Book 3 of the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
Dead Beat (A Novel of the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tricky Business by Dave Barry
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (if you like to build fires, this one’s for you)
Lord Peter by Dorothy Sayers
Vanity Fair by Thackeray (very poor condition)
The Complete Book of Creative Scrapbooking


4 thoughts on “All Packed Up and Nowhere to Go

  1. Just out of curiosity, are the ballerina doll and Michelangelo in a relationship? It seems an odd couple in my mind, but you never do know. Those Ninja Turtles can be very persuasive fellows.

  2. This is the first time that Ballerina and Michelangelo have been in the same box. They are from the same era of toy-buying, so they may have a lot in common. I’ll keep you updated, and if something develops, they may need to be given away together.

  3. We would take the solution if no one else wants it! I am so glad I realized I wasn’t subscribed to your blog! I have some reading to do…Wendy

  4. I would be interested in your pink file, Steinbeck novel and one of the phone chargers. You can leave them on my desk if that’s easiest. Thanks!

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