wings and things

Going, going … gone!

on March 31, 2015

Here are some ‘before and after’ photos of the inside of the two sheds that Dina, her assistant and I cleared the other day:

Shed 1:

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Shed 2:

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I asked the lovely woman who runs a local heritage park/museum to come out this morning to see if any of the bits and pieces were of interest. She arrived with the man who helps manage the park and they inspected the ‘goods’:


After some mulling and very interesting chats about what some of the once-upon-a-time objects were, the heritage park people picked out a few items of interest for which they were willing to pay, then, with the Ming’s permission (of course!) took most of what you see in the photo away and gave us double the price we would have received from a salvage yard. Brilliant!

At the same time, Dina was here for her last big job with us which was to finish decluttering Ming’s shed/home. Unlike the other day, with the filthy-old-sheds-job, she didn’t have to wear her astronaut costume.


At the conclusion of Dina’s work with Ming today, we chatted over coffee and were all a bit sad that this massive job had more or less come to an end. Now that she’s finished, I feel a bit lost in the ghostly space of things gone, not because I miss the things but because I am going to miss Dina’s regular visits and the euphoria of getting so much done!

One of the most interesting aspects of her service is her summaries and here is an example:

Goyder Services Summary Veranda & Kitchen PDF

I now have several of these summaries that span the two mornings per week, over two months, in which Dina has helped me to move forward. The ‘before and after’ photos in these summaries, and the summaries themselves, are a unique part of her service and a source of joy to me!

Going = rubbish tip (around ten ute/truck-loads now!);

Going = given/sold to interested people/family;

Gone = the feeling of being overwhelmed!

Thank you Dina – ps. Can you help me with the odds and ends left from our work so far?

37 responses to “Going, going … gone!

  1. It must really have been exhilarating! We had a similar experience a couple of years ago clearing out our barn – had to do it as we were having a sit-down meal for 70 people. We’d moved in 10 years previously and had boxes and boxes of ‘stuff’ that we hadn’t opened in that time and had added to the ‘stuff’ over the years. We filled a 3m3 skip and found the left-over space quite marvellous 😀

  2. Congrats! I have found that having other people help throw out and organize makes the job get done correctly. Every now and then I attack a closet– but the stuff seems to creep back in. Working on it!

  3. Job extraordinarily well done!!! Hooray! 😀

  4. bulldog says:

    And now what project have you got up your sleeve?? These were interesting shares… what a lovely thing for some one to do, help others decide what to keep and what to toss… and then to discover all the historical stuff .. brilliant… I sure could use that lady to help me with my clutter… in 2001 when our house was inundated in a flood. the flood helped me get rid of all the clutter, but in few years since then I’ve managed to accumulate more than there was…

  5. iluvtoday says:

    Love the building

  6. With the massive de-cluttering you and Dina have accomplished, your mind must have as well.. Diane

  7. I desperately need a Dina and then a builder in that order.. how does she feel about international travel?

  8. I can see why you might miss Dina, Julie. ❤ *HUGS*
    Diana xo

  9. Judy says:

    Oh, Julie. You won’t “shed” a tear for all this rubbish. “Ute” did a great job with dina’s help! I’m happy and proud of you!

  10. Trisha says:

    What an amazing transformation! Hopefully the feeling lost will subside and you will just feel the freedom of not feeling overwhelmed anymore. It’s got to feel good to be so well organized!

  11. janeslog says:

    You have cleared a lot. I need to start on clearing out my loft.

  12. susanpoozan says:

    A good job well done. Glad the Heritage Park people were generous.

  13. tootlepedal says:

    Finding someone to take your bobs was a master stroke. The PDF was very impressive. If her travel expenses are not too steep, we should get Dina over here.

  14. artfulanxiety says:

    Looks fab. I love an ordered life 🙂

  15. Rhonda says:

    Massive accomplishment and I can see how one could feel a bit ‘left in the dust’ when a job like that is done. But WOW just the same. Those milk cans would fetch a FORTUNE here Jules…they are very collectible. So proud of all you’ve done, taking away the background noise so you can here the melody of a simpler, less cluttered life. I envy that. xoxoxo

  16. Amazing difference! And what a sense of accomplishment 🙂

  17. oh what i would give for a dina here! so proud of you for making this huge task seem as though it can be conquered. i have some of my own, old and ready to go remains of the day i hope to tackle before i leave it to others to take responsibility for.

    you continue to amaze and delight! like a magician of sorts:)

    sending love and hugs!

  18. What is(are) the most interesting thing(s) you came upon?

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