We’re selling our home. Last time we moved, we didn’t really pack until the movers were knocking on our door and it was an absolute disaster. The mere mention still causes me to shake with apprehension.
This time around, I wanted to be ready to go early. So I started getting rid of ‘junk’. It’s incredible how things collect around a house. Especially when one’s husband is afraid to get rid of anything.
My lovely hubby is a therapist and he doesn’t just have compassion for people in pain, lost animals or charities, he’ll rescue anything from an old school record to pictures of flowers.
I’ve found his dental records. From when he was 12. And paint, from our previous house. And tea lights…about a thousand of them.
Then there were the keys…
They seem like perfectly good keys and bring up the point: what do they open? We get in and out of our house and cars without their help so are they from our former home?
I wanted to throw them out while hubby was busy but that’s tricky. In my efforts to get rid of junk, I’ve thrown out valuables before. Once, we were almost stuck in Mexico because I threw out our papers to return–no joke.
Then there’s the fact that those keys will be useless if I leave them, but if I throw them out, they’ll open the safe with our passports or the next home we purchase. They might even haunt me or something.
No. It’s much better if I put them all into a little ziploc bag and leave them be. They’re obviously happy making their home with us.
My hubby would be proud…except if he read this post he’d also be suspicious.
I’ve thrown out those tea light candles.
Thank goodness, I’ve been searching for that key everywhere…turned the house upside down! I have a similar stash in a little tin box I’ve labelled ‘your guess is as good as mine’. I keep hoping they’ll unlock the door into some magical kingdom, but maybe I have to find the door first. And so far nobody has arrived on my doorstep to proclaim I have the key to success 🙂
I wouldn’t throw them away either. I have another box with cables, wound in so tight they are like a ticking time bomb waiting to spring free. I have no idea what they are for, where they came from or who they belong to. But, you know…just in case!
I moved recently and I needed my sister’s help to ‘downsize’. I don’t like letting go of things. I can always find a use for them, but she’s the opposite and together we found a happy medium. If I didn’t have her I think I’d become a hoarder. They’d make a television series about me, scanning through a hallway with ceiling high books, keys dangling from chains and mysterious cables waiting to trip people up!
I hope your move goes smoothly and you enjoy the rest of your finds 🙂
We haven’t even sold our house yet! My hubby is like you, he fears getting rid of anything (even old dental records!) I’m the opposite and get rid of EVERYTHING (even legal stuff that we need). Hopefully, together we’ll end up in the middle!
But you’re so right, I shouldn’t throw those keys. Who knows what they’ll open! 🙂
Nooo, not the tea lights!
Maybe you can weld them together and make your own throne. Take that Game of Thrones.
Great idea!!…Let’s hope hubby doesn’t read this! 😀
Ah, the fun of sorting out the junk from the important. I have a hubby and a daughter who do what yours does – never wants to get rid of anything even when it needs getting rid of (don’t get me started on the nonworking car in the front yard… “but it’s my toy!” *sigh*) – while I’m the “I’m done with this… it’s worn out… why are we keeping paperwork on the place we lived in FIFTEEN years ago… it can been gotten rid of…” type.
Okay, hilarious comment! But so true!
It’s always interesting seeing the kinds of things you keep, it’s not until you move and have to decide what to take you realise how much stuff you have you don’t need 😀
But good call on the keys, they will always be something necessary once they’re gone!
Thanks, I was pretty sure they’d come in useful…if I threw them out! Now that I’ve kept them, we’ll probably never use them. 🙂
I carry around about a dozen keys every day with no idea what they’re for, I guess I just believe that I might one day need them. Not that I have in the last ten years though…. 🙂
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