Paris Blog: House Cleaning – 8 Years of Stuff!

(Side Note: Until the separate Paris Blog feed gets all setup in the next few weeks, both posts will be fed into this/current feed.  Hang tight, you might just enjoy the content!  And, in case you missed it – we’re moving to Paris! As noted before, both Bobbie and Ray will be posting to this, and in this case it’s Bobbie.  The author name at the top of the feed should show you which one of us is posting, or on the site, at the bottom of the post.)

Once we received the final word on Ray’s new job and we knew we would be moving overseas, “Operation House Cleaning” was immediately put into motion. The mission was simply to clean up the house, and de-clutter it as much as possible so we could show it on the rental market.  The below photo is at the peak of moving items into a spare bedroom for sorting.

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Since The Boss lived the lush life as a bachelor here in the DC area for close to 6 years before I came crashing in, he had lots of great space in his house to store all of his… well, stuff. Then once I showed up and moved in I brought with me more stuff.  Thus when you put the two of us together you get a lot of stuff.

With the guest room closets packed with everything from Halloween costumes to large stock pots, and the attic stuffed to the brim with suitcases, bike boxes, and childhood memorabilia we decided (as per the photo above) to just tear everything out of their storage places and start ruthlessly deciding what will stay and what will go!


Slowly but surely the giant pile started to dwindle and new smaller piles started to form.


Soon we were staging new piles in the garage. These were categorized as “garbage”, “recycling”, and “Salvation Army”.

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Yup, my car made more trips where the back was packed to the brim than I can even count!

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But like I said, slowly but surely things started to clear up. Until finally the worst of the storm had passed!

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I’d like to take a moment here for an instant replay.

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This was a proud moment for me! We came, and we conquered. Sadly, celebrations didn’t last long, we still had the kitchen to take on.



But just like the upstairs, the kitchen also weathered the storm!

Some of the cookbooks, however, didn’t. Soon family and friends were receiving picture texts and email messages similar to below with the one liner “first come, first serve”.

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There were other victims of the move as well. This one, I’m not sure I’ll ever quite recover from. My pet Sharky didn’t make it.  Don’t worry, there might be a future pet Sharky in our new place…

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The last thing that we did to make the house as de-cluttered as possible was to make a few trips to our rental storage space to drop off large ticket items we didn’t want in the house for the time being. Ray himself, was one of those big ticket items that I brought to get stored.


We’ll talk more about all our fun experience with the storage unit and our brush with the life of Storage Wars – there’s an entire underworld to storage units we never knew existed!

In the end, the house was sparkling and spacious, and ready for potential renters to view. But just like a cheesy prime time TV show, you’ll have to wait until next time to see the photos of the house finale!


Thanks for reading!

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  1. Gah! I couldn’t even imagine doing all of that. But, I guess when it’s your only option, you pull on the big girl pants and get it done. Must feel nice to lighten the load though, right? And just think of all the space for fun Paris things now! :)

  2. Anonymous

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  5. OMG, you had all this stuff lying around your house and you waited 8 years! I would have cleaned it in 8 weeks. Anyway, to each his own. Btw, your house looks so clean and beautiful post cleaning. Congrats! :D
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  10. Hailey Andersen

    Sometimes it takes a big move like that to force a clean up that might not otherwise ever have happened without it. It is especially easy to accumulate a lot of stuff when combining two households as opposed to building one up together.

    And, even though it is possible to ship big bulky items by using specialized services such as overseas car shipping companies, there really is no need to go big with shipping too many little things, even if packaged into bigger bundles. Continue recycling, donating, or selling what you don’t need. I’m sure you will have no regrets, after all it is just stuff.

    Enjoy the fresh start!

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  13. Was there magic or miracle? I thought you cannot make it anymore cleaner and more arranged than its original look. You are such a magician yourself.

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  24. I too wonder …u had such a lot of stuffs within your house for around 8 years?? Any ways u have done a great job…now it seems to be too good :)

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  27. I live exactly the same way – my little apartment is quite a mess, full of books, records and clothes.It is high time to do the same.

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  29. Just looking at these photos is making me dread ever discovering how much junk is in my house! My partner and I only moved last September (in together for the first time, gah) and I know that we have already accumulated so much stuff thanks to housewarming parties, Christmas and everyone just thinking they can get rid of their old stuff through us. But I’m glad to see that you got through it all and hope you are enjoying your move to Paris.

  30. Ted

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