Closet Cleanout

We have lived in our present home since 2002.  Due to reason’s beyond our control we could not do anything to the house for several years.  The house is over 200 years old and needed lots of updating as most old farmhouses do.  Each year we had a bucket list of things that needed attention or changes.  We also had 500+ acres of farmland and beef cattle to care for.  Closets were the least of our worries!!

Finally this spring I got to clean out a very small closet under the stairs which were on the west side of our living room.  We rarely used it BUT it needed to be cleaned out and cleaned up!!

Door in living room that enters the closet under the stairs. Duck down or bump your head!!

It was full of boxes of dishes, old farm receipts, tax papers dating back as far as the 1960’s, some antiques, a telescope, cobbler’s shoe tree, antique dynamite detonation box, and lots of very old clothes.  I had several bags of trash to take to the landfill!

Three boxes of dishes
Empty paint cans which I have no idea why they were kept.
Dynamite detonator box
I have no idea what this was but it was under the stairs!
Cobbler’s shoe tree
Boxes and boxes of old receipts
Telescope given to them by hubby’s grandmother.
And lots of trash!!!

Now it’s cleaned out, scrubbed and refreshed with only the telescope taking up residence.  I will probably store our window fans in the nice space after summer heating is over.  I had hubby cut me some cedar blocks from a fallen tree to place in the space to keep it from smelling like an old house and the beautiful wooden planks on the wall show up nicely now.

 

 

 

 

One more bucket list item marked off!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

10 thoughts on “Closet Cleanout”

    1. You are exactly right!! We had one here used for that purpose when we moved in but graduated to a bigger rack so we could have more wood next to the stove when the snows were heavier! At first I thought it may have been used in the hearth to hold the wood.

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  1. It’s always nice to get something checked off the list. A small improvement can make a big impact. How fun to find some treasures. I bet the farm receipts were interesting to look through. I love dishes. That find would be a treasure in my book.

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  2. Wow, that was a lot of stuff in there, Rita. You’ve almost inspired me to follow your good example. Can you report at the end of September, when inspiration is more likely to translate into action?! 😉

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  3. Amazing how good that feels isn’t it! I’ve been doing the same thing in a spare bedroom we have that has collected all manner of “stuff”. I just take one little thing at a time (a bin, a shelf, a corner) and eventually the whole thing will be done. Then I am going to have new flooring put in and a new paint job and it will become my new sewing room. 🙂

    You found a lot of interesting things in that closet.

    Ginny

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