As you may, or may not know, the eBay ALife4Sale auction did not end as successfully as I had hoped it might, and eventually I had to sell the house via the more traditional route of listing it with a real estate agent. I also managed to sell my car before I set off on my 100 weeks goal-achieving journey, but everything else that I owned had to be stored somewhere. More details at the 12th July 2008 blog post here.
And my wonderful friend Mel came to the rescue, allowing me to use half of her garage to store the huge pile of stuff that I still had left. I have never really been quite sure what to do with all of this household bric-a-brac, and have taken a bit of an ostrich head-in-the-sand approach for over a year and a half now.
But Mel needs her garage space again, and my stuff has to find a new home! And therefore my return to Perth for this month has to a large degree been to sort out my left-over life that didn’t sell. I think it would have been so much easier if someone had bought the whole life, and everything had gone at one time. But bit by bit, I look at the stuff I still have, and think, “That might be useful one day!”
I don’t really know where I will end up after the 100weeks adventure comes to an end, but do have some plans which I hope will keep me in the States for a while – more details coming in a blog very soon! However, I do still love Australia, and maybe one day I will be back here to live. And all of this stuff would be handy to have then to set up a new home.
I have looked at a storage unit as an option, but they are pretty expensive. So I have eventually decided to trim down the belongings, get rid of all the big items, and store the remainder. Marty and Carol have a big garden, with loads of room at the back, and they very kindly suggested that I could erect a shed there and use it as a store room.
So on Sunday evening I went to local hardware store Bunnings, and bought a smallish shed, and yesterday got to work on assembling it. The initial estimate of a couple of hours proved to be wildly optimistic, and I just got it completed this morning, having only sliced fingers twice on the sharp metal edges. Good work!
I am very pleased with the results. Now all I have to do is get all my stuff from Mel’s to here, sort it out, fit in what I am keeping, and get rid of the rest!
So Sunday morning will be a bit of a garage sale and giveaway. There is heaps of stuff, so if anyone in Perth wants a jet ski, rug and sofa, BBQ, coffee table, computer, kitchen chairs, fans, or smaller stuff like CDs, DVDs, kitchen stuff, etc. then contact me through the “Contact Me” page for the address, and come and see me on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. It all has to go!!