It was a working through, hard graft kind of a weekend. A skip filling, house clearing, discovery making, furniture dumping, wallpaper stripping, steam cleaning, binbag filling, charity shop visiting, rubber glove and hard hat and old clothes wearing kind of a weekend..
But that's the kind I love!
The house we've been working on has had the same tenant for ten years. As he moved out at the end of October, we've taken the opportunity to give the place a big overhaul. No prospective new tenant wants someone else's ten year old stuff, so we ordered a skip and spent the weekend clearing and filling.
Secretly this is the part of my job I love the most. Better than choosing and rearranging all the new things. It's kind of creative and destructive all at once. I enjoy taking somewhere apart and putting it back together again. I get a little thrill out of discovering what has been left behind. Anything precious I work hard to reunite with its owner (I have a couple of good stories about doing that, remind me sometime); and after nearly twenty years in the business, I know now that I'll always find something quirky. This time it was an unopened case of a dozen cans of dog food. The tenant didn't have a dog. Also, one reasonably large yellow painting, which is seriously growing on me. I think I like it. I might have to take it home. I can't leave it here and I can't bear to get rid of it.
I have skipped a lot of wallpaper, a garden-ful of out of control ivy, two broken tv's and three mattresses. Next up is deciding whether to replace the bath; and then I get to paint and paper. If I can find our pasting table. Um, I think it's upstairs, at home, under a pile of un-albumed scrapbook layouts.
So this is Me on Monday
Still clearing, still in my old clothes. But dreaming of new kitchen doors and some fresh upholstery. I'll give you a Monday wave as I work!
Last week Becky, Helena, Theresa, Ladkyis, Kirsty, Mel, Ruth, Susanne, Deb, Fiona, Karen and Doris all "Mondayed". Drop in, give them a wave...
...and have a great week.