I went upstate (western New York) Tuesday to pack up my belongings since we have to sell my childhood home. You can read a little bit about that here. In that post is a link to another post featuring a bunch of pictures of me when I was younger…go take a gander!
Along with me were my fiancé (gah, still getting used to that!) Tom, his mom, and his aunt, so we had plenty of man and woman power. Instead of recapping every detail (seeing as so much happened within the span of two days), I figured I could just give you some of the highlights through numbers. Ahh, math.
So here we go with the stats from this trip:
42 total trip hours from the time we left Long Island until we returned
12.5 total hours spent in the truck (Tom’s aunt drove, and I think it’s an F-150 with an extended cab)
13 total hours spent packing, throwing stuff away, and taking things to donate
4 coffees consumed (I’m usually a once a day type gal)
0 meltdowns on my part (Although I did get impatient and/or frustrated at times, there weren’t tears or outbursts)
7 full truck-loads taken to Salvation Army and My Sister’s Closet for donation. These included:
- 1 little red wagon
- 4 boxes + 3 garbage bags full of clothes
- 43ish Barbies
- 4 garbage bags full of bedding and towels
- 1 purple body suit and pair of purple tights (these were my mom’s back in the day. Check out the picture of me in them 2 years ago…when I first stumbled upon them)
2 full boxes of food donated to a church pantry
3 overflowing boxes of paper/cardboard to recycle
25 total garbage bags full of garbage/unwanted/old stuff. These included:
- 2 garbage bags full of old pillows
- 20ish year old “artwork” from school – we’re talking moldy candies in the shape of an H
- 10 bowling trophies
- 2 boxes of Flutie Flakes
- 1 box of Kelly Krunch
1000+ stairs taken (up and down)
7 boxes + 1 large wooden trunk full of stuff I brought back to Long Island
My mom came to the house on her scooter to go through her own stuff; she made a dent but still has plenty of work to do. But for what she got through, we ended up bringing two boxes full of her “keep” stuff to the nursing home.
It was great that she got to get out of the nursing home and see the house after 2+ years. Plus, she finally got to meet my future mother- and aunt-in-law! And eat pizza and donut holes! And see my ring in person!
Overall, this process has been much smoother than I ever expected or anticipated. I still have a few odds and ends that had to be left at my house because the truck was seriously packed to the brim. So another trip upstate is in the cards sometime within the next couple months. I am so thankful for all the well wishes from friends and family, as well as all of the help from Tom and his family.
Above all, I have been thanking God each and every day for all the blessings from the past 8 days (birthday, engagement, new job, and now the move); honestly, it’s all Him. I mean, I got to end the trip with a beautiful and coveted Geneseo sunset. What more could I have asked for?
Well, maybe an escalator or elevator in my house. But I digress.