T Minus 29
So today I have been a man on a mission. For too long the garage has remained stubbornly full.
But not any more! Today we have gone through with ruthlessness. Separating the contents into three parts.
In the garden those things which are going to the dump. These are things we have tried (and failed) to sell or give away or else have escaped previous dumping trips.
In the conservatory the stuff we are taking to Africa or else we still need to go on holiday. Also the stuff we are definitely giving to Family (note to family: don’t panic there is not that much!).
The Chaff-like Wheat
On the deck is the stuff we’re giving away. We tried and failed to sell it and it needs to go to a charity shop. Mostly books, DVDs and bric-à-brac.
This leaves the garage fairly bare – though some “chaff-like wheat” will go in pro tem. In truth there is already some shifting around between categories but we’re being ruthless.
As for bigger stuff it’s possible our buyers new tenant might want to buy some furnishings from us we’ll have to wait and see.
Elsewhere we have informed the phone and car companies about our intentions to leave.
T Minus 68
So here we are again at the MK Bowl up bright and early at the Car Boot Sale. Our second visit following our success in March. This time with a little more kitchenware and some of those things we couldn’t fit in last time and those we didn’t sell before. We have sold already An item for £12 do we’re in profit. Let’s hope it stays dry and we can sell more.
In the end a moderately successful morning – still a lot left though – which will now be dumped or sent to charity.
Guess who we found at the end though.
Our Lucky Mascot
Posted in Getting out, Getting Prepared, MK
Tagged books, boot, bowl, car, Clearance, clearing, Garage, kitchen, MK, sale
T Minus 69
So today we have made some inroads into our stuff. Firstly we have been sorting through the garage – removing junk. There’s still a little way to go but it’s a lot more empty.
Secondly we’ve been boxing up the photo albums, ready for transporting to Lincoln along with my vinyl LP’s next weekend.
Thirdly we are sorting through the remaining stuff ahead of a second car boot tomorrow.
Finally we have taken a host of games to the charity shop – it’s a shame to lose them but we can’t take them all and nobody at the car boot wanted them last time.
A few we are giving to relatives, but the rest have gone 😦
Posted in Africa, Getting out, Getting Prepared, MK, Tanzanian living, UK Living
Tagged boot, car, Clearance, clearing, games, Garage, getting out, LP, records
T Minus 76
As England labour away against Honduras in a pre-World Cup friendly, what better way to spend the evening with an ice cold Cider 🙂 …… sorting out the Tools
T minus 187
A good morning and another trip to the dump leaves the garage a lot clearer. That which remains will go to a car boot sale – we’re currently looking at 23rd March – so stay tuned.
The afternoon it’s the turn of the shed.
Inside Anita has started on the Kitchen clutter
Meanwhile looking to get house valued – regardless of renting and selling. This is booked for Wed. Once we know we can form up a decision either way.
We’ve now had application forms for the kids at Isamilo. This will be a formality (we hope) but still needs to be done.
Posted in Getting Prepared
Tagged Africa, car, car boot, clear out, Clearance, clearing, Garage, Getting Prepared, Isamilo, kitchen, Milton Keynes, MK, Mum, Mwanza, shed, Tanzania
T minus 189
Today is the start of Half Term and the start of the long process of clearing the accumulated detritus of 26 years in my own house (and 16 in this one). We have been ruthless! Anita in the bathroom clearing out numerous bottles of lotions and potions some of which are years old – including some small bottles of aftershave which I will miss 😦 . I on the other hand started on the Garage (with Mum who is down for the weekend). Several trips to the dump later we have made inroads – though there is a long way to go.
More garage tomorrow and then the loft – that is going to take a long time – some of the stuff came straight from the loft of our previous house 16 years ago and has not seen the light of day since.
It may seem a long time until we go – but a holiday week like this is a golden opportunity to get started. Certainly we are considering the options as to whether to rent or sell and may need to leave the house before the summer depending on the best option.
Posted in Getting Prepared
Tagged Africa, Bathroom, clear out, Clearance, clearing, Garage, Getting Prepared, Milton Keynes, MK, Mum, Mwanza, Tanzania