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Mansion Clean Up

Yesterday was a very full day for me with the help of my beautiful Granddaughter and her equally beautiful friend, Amber. We took on one of the old houses on the farm that is filled with decades of junk, furniture, treasures and more.

This is the mansion and is over 200 years old and we use it for storage.

This is the mansion and is over 200 years old and we use it for storage.

The girls came to the farm around 9:30 and we went to the mansion to start the cleanout.  Hubby had taken our big farm truck over there the night before after putting side rails on it for us to pack in all the junk we could get on it.

This is the truck we used to pack full of junk for the landfill.  We normally use it to haul eight 5x4 haybales off the fields or to haul logs out of the forests for timber.

This is the truck we used to pack full of junk for the landfill. We normally use it to haul eight 5×4 haybales off the fields or to haul logs out of the forests for timber.

I will tell you rather than show how full the one room we worked on all day.  There was a small path that I had to walk sideways to get from one room in the house to the other.  It was packed wall to wall and higher than I am tall full of six decades of junk, furniture, treasures belonging to the Caldwell family.  I must confess that I think that I must have been somewhat of a hoarder over the last 30 years and kept anything that might have been considered a treasure by our previous generations and the present!!

My girls worked so hard but we also had a blast and they had me laughing most of the day but they are both hard workers when given an objective.  Our objective was to put anything that looked like junk on that truck and we couldn’t quit until it was full.  Four hours later it was full and here’s the proof:

The girls, mainly Amber, did a great job of packing it on so we wouldn't lose it traveling along the road.

The girls, mainly Amber, did a great job of packing it on so we wouldn’t lose it traveling along the road.

Truck is packed and ready for the landfill.

Truck is packed and ready for the landfill.

Here’s a few pictures of the cleanup of the living room and a hallway off the living room.  We will probably still have two or three truckloads before it’s cleaned out.

There's a wide path from the front door to the kitchen now.

There’s a wide path from the front door to the kitchen now.

Most of the furniture and boxed treasures were moved to one side of the room.

Most of the furniture and boxed treasures were moved to one side of the room.

My weaving loom was moved to the other side of the room.

My weaving loom was moved to the other side of the room.  The walls in this room are entirely wood and stained very dark as is the floor.  

Hallway cleaned up between living room and master bedroom.  This hallway was packed with boxes of old Christmas decorations.

Hallway cleaned up between living room and master bedroom. This hallway was packed with boxes of old Christmas decorations.

Hallway also leads to the bathroom and the stairwell to the second floor which doesn't have a lot in it but will be cleaned out too.

Hallway also leads to the bathroom and the stairwell to the second floor which doesn’t have a lot in it but will be cleaned out too.

You might ask why get rid of all the Christmas decor and old cloth items, well, when we came into our house yesterday afternoon hubby said we smelled like an old house.  YUCK!!  Everything in the mansion stored for any length of time will have that smell quadrupled!!

I still have a lot to clean out and this was a huge start!

Thank you Victoria and Amber!  I couldn’t have done it without your help!

Smokehouse cleanout

Smokehouse

Smokehouse

This building has been on my bucket list for cleanout for the last three years.  It is so full of junk, metal, useless tools, boxes, jugs of all shapes and sizes, feed sacks and more junk.  We hauled off to the landfill a 8 ft pickup truck load to the landfill.  The old chest freezer sitting in front of the building is at least seven feet long and four feet deep.  We filled it completely up with scrap metal mainly consisting of rusted nails, bolts and things of that sort. We also got a huge wooden box full of brass.  All of the metal will be taken to a recycling center.

Freezer full of scrap metal.

Freezer full of scrap metal.

The building was so full we just had a path to get through from one end of the building to the other and it’s a really long building.  It has sections in that were built to hold feed on one side and a corn crib and small smoke room on the other.  There’s one small room in the building that Eddie will convert to a reloading room that he can lock up.  It took an entire day to clean out the junk and the section that were initially for feed now hold all types and sizes of lumber that has been cut on the farm and seasoned.  The rafters are full of 12 – 18 inch wide boards.  I would have loved to have seen the trees that lumber came from.  The rafters also hold a major abundance of bee supers and hives.

It looks so good now and have plenty of room to use for working up our deer meat.

Wide open space in the smokehouse.

Wide open space in the smokehouse.

We can get to our freezers more readily now.

Two of our three freezers.  One is full of meat and the smaller one  is full of fruit and vegetables.

Two of our three freezers. One is full of meat and the smaller one is full of fruit and vegetables.

I stacked enough deer antlers that amounted to a four foot high stack.  Now, I need to find a way to repurpose them.  You can see the antlers on the left corner at the back of the room.

Antlers stacked beside to feed barrels and an old wood stove.

Antlers stacked beside to feed barrels and an old wood stove.

Front to back cleanup!

Front to back cleanup!

AND, Roscoe is now living in the rafters of the smokehouse.  He watched the entire cleanup and came down to check things out near the end of the cleanout.  His bedbox is in the corncrib and that’s where we keep his feed and water.

He is so much fun to watch.

He is so much fun to watch.

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Roscoe's old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.

Roscoe’s old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.