Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's All Got to Go

We move to Nashville one month from today and will be moving to Kenya in about six months.  As we pack up our house I'm really trying to get rid of all of the junk, clutter and excess that we've accumulated.  This process has been a bit overwhelming for me.  

I used to say that a child can never have too many books, but the fifteen boxes of books we've gotten rid of over the past several months say otherwise.

When we got married we registered for two sets of dishes, two sets of flatware and three sets of glasses.  I have no idea why I thought I'd have a use for all of that or that I'd even like it when we finally had an opportunity to use it, but we got carried away with the registry gun at Dillard's and now I'm trying to find good homes for these barely used dishes.

Goodwill really loves us as they have been the recipient of many boxes of  clothes, towels and toys over the past few weeks.  In fact, I keep taking our stuff to different drop-off locations because I'm afraid they'll start to recognize me and when they see me coming they will laugh and say something like, "I wonder what the Junk Lady is bringing for us today?" 

A few items have me stumped.  Should we save them?  Should we just give them away?  Could we make any money off of them?  Here is one of them:

This is Erik's Garbage Pail Kid collection.  He has hundreds of these cards that he has saved from the mid-80's.  I'm so glad Erik is no longer attached to these and is willing to give them up, but I don't really have time to go through them all to see which ones are valuable.  I think I may have to recruit a certain 7 year old to help me with this task.

I'm actually really looking forward to being free of all of the junk - especially the Garbage Pail Kids!  I like the idea of living more simply and having less clutter in our lives.  I'm just not sure I like the process involved in getting there.


  1. You move in a week? what happened to the end of June?? wow! can't help you with the Garbage Pail Kid collection.....ummmm...I didn't know they existed!

  2. Oops! I guess I got a little ahead of myself. It's a month - I've edited my post now! Thanks, Debra!

  3. Hey....those cards are worth money (not in the millions)....I did a quick google on them because I obviously missed something in the 80s -- or not. So, here are my two cents as a homeschooling might be kinda fun for you (sort of, maybe?) to use this as a teaching tool with Kai (not like you have nothing else to do) and see if he could look up what they are worth, esp if in good condition and then try to sell them before you leave for Kenya. If so, let him do something special with the proceeds - maybe purchase something you need to take to Kenya or something for the children in Kenya or whatever. Just a thought or two.....

  4. roughly worth a dollar each.
    probably too late now tho.