27 January 2009

Trash or Treasure

For years my sister, Neida, and I have told our mom that when she and daddy are dead and gone, we will just take a box each, get what we want out of the house and then have it burned down because it would be too expensive to have someone haul it all away. That may seem harsh but my parents have lived in the same house for about 35 years and in that time my mom has taken a few car loads to Goodwill but other than that, they have carefully stored everything away "in case they need it".

Well, Neida and her family are moving back to Texas this summer and Neida is having an auction at her house next month to sell all of the furniture and other items that she doesn't plan to move. She has been telling my mom to pack some things up and bring over to her house to put them in her auction. My mom had proudly packed up two boxes.....not even a dent.
Neida and I were sitting in the kitchen talking when for some reason we decided that we would clean out my mom's built in hutch in the breakfast room and see if we could find anything else to take over for the auction. Well, we got on a roll and spent ALL day on Saturday filling boxes and trash sacks for the auction.
We had so. much. fun.
We oohed and awed at some of the things we found (my Popples lunch box!) and had a great time discussing vacations we had taken (Dixie Stampede Souvenir Cups, Disney water bottles). My mom spent time trying to remember who had given her the electric fondue pot (that was still in it's original box!) as a wedding present! And we laughed....oh how we laughed. The almost pee yourself laughter! We found 7 different coffee pots - just the pots, as the coffee makers have long since died.
Public Service Announcement: a coffee maker when used every day has a life span of approximately 5 years!

Now, check out the 1970's seal-a-meal and the unopened freezer bags.
And then we discovered the drawer that contained all of the instruction manuals! My Western Auto bicycle, my dad's lather dispenser that died before I was born, the waffle maker that my mom got as a wedding present and is still using.
Now for my last public service announcement: if you build a house with amazing amounts of storage, you will hang on to way too much!
My parents live in a very well designed house with great built-ins that holds large amounts of stuff so they can be hoarders and live in what appears to be a spacious clutter free home.... just don't look in the corner cabinet or the extra walk in closet or the basement...oh the basement! Neida and I have decided that mom and dad will have to take the 4 grandkids and go camping for a weekend while we empty the basement.
With any luck, Neida and I will help them get ready for retirement one day....in Texas! And I will get some awesome blog material!
Oh, and this is definitely a WORDFUL Wednesday!


tiarastantrums said...

I think my MIL needs some lessons in clearing out her basement - I should show her this!

Hootin Anni said...

Some of these products you have I remember oh so well.

Happy Wordful Wednesday. My entry today is one part cats, and other goodie tidbits from an alphabet challenge. Won't you stop by and say hi?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how much you found!

Christina said...

that really does sound like a good time! I love dugging through old "treasures."

Christina said...

that really does sound like a good time! I love dugging through old "treasures."

Unknown said...

Your parents' house sounds just.like. my parents' house! My Dad is a "hoarder" as I call it, and I keep telling him that he doesn't need that stuff & neither do we!!

Glad you had fun cleaning out, it's a big task!

Claremont First Ward said...

I've moved to much to hoard anything, but I think I'd have had such a fun day "exploring" like you did. :)

Kamis Khlopchyk said...

Oh man, that would make me crazy, I am the opposite of a hoarder, if I don't need it, it's got to go!

What fun to back through it all though! Good luck with that basement. The burning it down plan sounds easier though ;)

Sarah said...

Fun! I might've had to keep the Popples lunch box. ;)

Honey Mommy said...

That sounds just like my in-laws. :o)

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful to have all those items bring back such wonderful memories. I sometimes wonder if that is why old folk hold onto stuff - so their kids can go through it and enjoy the time like you and your sister just did. I've told my mom that I want her to just get rid of it all now though, just in case - because I've gone through the same stuff three times recently, once for each time she moved. LOL.

Kate in Austin said...

Sounds like a fun day. My parents have also lived in their house for a L.O.N.G. time. They seem to be making inroads in the attic and when I visit, they usually have a box for me to take along.