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Demolition Women

My sister came by today and used her superpowers to pull out the last of the earthquake-proof closet.



Bedroom before, with built-in closet intact and furniture in place
Three weeks ago


The bedroom emptied, with closet completely demolished
Today


Lumber from the demolished closet being de-nailed with a pry bar out on the porch
De-nailing the lumber for donation


She still owns a motor vehicle, so we loaded up all the 2x4s, plus large plywood shelves, trim and closet doors, and she drove off to donate it to the Rebuilding Center.

Other not-strictly-garbage stuff magically disappears if I leave it out on the curb for the scrappers.



There are a few things left in the bedroom--including my bed--that still have to come out before flooring can commence. My living room, kitchen, and porch are already heaped high, so the next order of business is a choice: rent a storage pod or just jettison a bunch of stuff.

I'm leaning heavily towards jettisoning. It's a lot simpler.

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ravurian
Mar. 5th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
BUT HOW DOES IT FEEL?
emeraldsedai
Mar. 5th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh. That.

Well...adventurous. A little scary, now that I've started actually spending money (and doing the destructive things that will take money to fix).

But the room now feels generous. Open. It hasn't been empty like this since the day I moved in, more than 20 years ago, and it's showing itself to me as if for the first time--the cracks in the 108 year old plaster, the history of inexpensive "upgrades" written in the floor and the woodwork, the layers of quick and dirty paint jobs.

It's like me, really. Oddly enough, the symbolism of my tearing down my closet didn't strike me until it was mostly gone. It seems so obvious! So if I have to dip more deeply into the retirement account than I planned, well, the metaphor alone makes it worthwhile.

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