September 20

Good Will Hunting



On Friday’s show on The Catholic Channel we talked about the massive amount of stuff we were going to sell in a garage sale but have recently decided to just donate it all to charity.

We’ve been cleaning out just about every closet, attic, nook, and cranny in an effort to simplify, simplify, simplify,

If we haven’t watched a DVD or listened to a CD in over a year, it’s gone.  Gone are just about every VHS movie we ever bought.  Gone are books and clothes and knick knacks.  Gone are the 10-year-old computers and three kids tables that we never quite knew what to do with them, or where to put them.  Gone are things that we don’t know why we bought them, and gone are things that we don’t even know where they came from.

We want space back in the house, and it’s space we’re getting.

We’ve been using the garage as a staging area for the past couple of months as we’ve cleaned everything out.  As I said, our hope was to do a garage sale.  But after going through the amount of work it took just to get the stuff to the garage, we were totally de-motivated about the idea of organizing and pricing all the items to make them ready for a garage sale.

And in all honesty, someone else could benefit from this stuff more than us.

We plan on donating some heavier pieces of furniture to a charity that will come pick it up, but today we took the time to itemize everything we have to give away and it ended up being over 300 items!  Instead of waiting for the next scheduled pick-up, we decided to just load everything we could into the van and I ended up taking two trips to Good Will today.

And we’ll still get a tax credit.

In the meantime, we’ve managed to raise about $550 selling stuff on Craig’s List, and we came up with a few more Craigslistable items today that could bring in a bit more cash.

Our goal is to save enough money to buy a new sectional for the living room that will replace the two run-down couches we currently have.  One of those couches we’ll be giving away, as well (or trying to get $25 or so from Craigs List), and the other will be going to Rosary Army’s office.  But when we get a sectional, it will also free up a lot of space and make our living room look a lot roomier.

The photo below is of Jennifer sweeping out the middle of the garage after we loaded all of the stuff to give away into the van.  You can still see a lot of stuff on the left that we’ll be tossing somewhere, but we actually got to park in the garage again tonight.

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Greg is married to Jennifer. They've got five kids.

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  • Becareful with what you donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army: sometimes they won’t take your donations because it may be torn already or not exactly resaleable. This has happened to me and I came very close to saying “Well, beggars can’t be chosers.” I know; bad!

    Congratulations for cleaning out the garage. Congratulations on the new baby. And congratulations on your wedding anniversary–13th is the string cheese anniversary.

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