The "BIG" Clean - Saturday, May 29, 2010

Well, it was a beautiful, but warm Saturday morning.  Nancy walked on the treadmill and then went to the grocery store.  I rode with the Grand Strand Bicycle Shop cycling group.  After my ride, I had the opportunity to try a high end Trek Road Bike......Wow that baby could fly!!  But, I don't have the need for speed, especially if it costs soooooo much!  By 10:30 we were both home and play time was over. We had decided that today was going to be the day we finally would start the "BIG" clean and get the house ready for sale.
I cleaned up the garage and sprayed for bugs.  We packed up 6 or 7 boxes of my work literature and moved them to the garage.  I will be so glad when all those boxes are gone.

We spent several hours in the "Bonus" room over the garage cleaning it from top to bottom.  Nancy washed all the woodwork, windows and doors; while I spackled up some holes in the wallboard and hauled boxes. We have two big closets, a big desk, a huge built-in bookcase and plenty of "STUFF" to get rid of.  Fortunately neither one of us is a pack rat, so it was pretty easy to just toss a lot of stuff rather than save it.  I do have to go through some old tax papers and "important" papers to see what we really need to keep.  That will be done tomorrow -- I promise! Here are a few pictures of the results of our hard work.

We also rearranged some furniture between the kitchen, living room and entrance foyer.  Nancy really knows how to make things look spacious and uncluttered.  She always says, "Practice makes perfect"  and she has had LOTS of practice, this is house #16.  A lot more has to be done, but we have finally taken the first step.  Within this month, we will do what it takes to get the house on the market.  See that "military plan" thing is creeping back into the picture.  It is now a matter of "taking that hill!"

Later in the day, Nancy invited her mom and good friend Chris to have a Memorial Day Cookout.  We had the traditional picnic food: hot dogs, coleslaw, sauerkraut, pickled beets, corn on the cob and for dessert---strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream.  We RARELY have this type of fare around here, so I had to take full advantage of the feast!

This month we have done quite a bit when we look back: garage sale, pressure washed the house, threw out a lot of stuff and now started the cleaning and preparation for selling the house.  We are getting there even if it seems like it is not happening fast enough at times.  We'll eventually "Get 'er Done!"

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