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Cleaning up

After being with someone for almost 11 years you end up with so much stuff it isn’t even funny. Top it off with several rushed moves where everything ended up in boxes and you end up with a nightmare like this.

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The first one is of my storage unit and the second one is of my shed.

The shed was relatively easy to clean out. There was a ton of stuff in bins. The day I cleaned the shed out I completely filled my dumpster all the way to the top. It felt fantastic to get rid of so much stuff I didn’t need.

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This picture isn’t a really good representation of after, but its a start. I’ve parted with several more items that are in that photograph. When I reorganize my shed and put all the items from my storage unit in it I will take a new picture.

Through the entire process I found all sorts of odds and ends. Lots of old garbage bills to get rid of, lots of things I never needed to keep but never really had the time to go through.

I donated a ton of old stuff that doesn’t fit the kids or they wouldn’t play with any more to Good Will.

I spent 8 hours with a friend cleaning up the storage unit on Saturday. It about killed us. We took 2 loads to Good Will in addition to a fully loaded SUV to the dump. Tons and tons of stuff parted with.

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As you can tell there is still a little bit left for me to go through but all that is left in there is about 1/5th of what there was originally. All of that stuff on the left hand side up front is my exes. I will be boxing that up and returning it to her this weekend when I will hopefully get Samuel back.

Cleaning was very therapeutic for me. It was symbolic of me learning to let go of the past. Letting go of all the things that we’d accumulated over the last decade. It was very bittersweet for me. I was so happy to get them cleaned out, but part of me was sad that my marriage had to end the way that it did.

I thank Jesus that my church, my friends, and my family have been so supportive of me during this time. Without my trust in Jesus and that God is good and is still on the throne, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you for reading this. Have a blessed day.