I've lived in my house for seven years and am just getting to the basement. My husband and I bought this house from my parents, so I think my dad assumes that since we got such a good deal on the house he should get free storage. But I think 7 years is long enough. My mom took her stuff out as soon as we moved in (mom and dad are divorced), but now I'm stuck going through 30 years of paperwork. Seriously, I found tax paperwork from 1978.
Not all of it is my father's, of course. My husband and I were both in the military and there are boxes of stuff that we never unpacked from years and years ago. How do we accumulate so much junk? My husband used to be stationed in Japan and has about a dozen bottles and cans of Coca-Cola with Japanese writing on them. Who carries that stuff around for 15 years?
The absolute worst part, though, is that my dad parked two old VW's on the property that he was going to fix up and filled a barn full of VW parts. He can't find the title for either car, so I can't even scrap them. In the other barn is an enormous crate filled with a piece of equipment that is going to be impossible to get rid of. It's technology that no longer exists and the company is no longer in business.
Does anyone have any idea what I can do about the cars? Does anyone have any horror stories they want to share?
The good thing is that I'm getting a lot of exercise doing this.
Strength-carrying heavy boxes
Cardio-Running up and down the stairs
Plyometrics-Jumping a foot in the air every time I touch a spiderweb
Balance-trying to avoid stepping on the cat, while my arms are full of stuff (he loves to race me up the stairs and then just stop)