For the past couple of months, RJ and I have taken on the huge task of reorganizing and deep cleaning our entire home, with the help and guidance of A Bowl Full of Lemons. We’ve taken a brief hiatus due to being out of town for the past few weekends.
Anyways, my parents moved out of their old house about a year ago, so Jenny, Timmy, and I had to pack up all of our belongings at their house. Even though I’ve been living away from my parents’ home for the past 10+ years and have only really lived in their home in San Diego off and on for two years, you’d be surprised how much stuff I was still storing at my parents’ house.
About 20 years worth of stuff.
Books, yearbooks, homework assignments, old notes, old pictures, old textbooks, treatment materials from my time in recovery for anorexia, old stuffed animals, little keepsakes…
That’s a LOT of stuff.
Anyways, at the time, I threw my entire life from 0-20 into five to six large storage bins and boxes and into RJ and my garage, filed under the “to be dealt with later” category.
Fast forward a year to “later,” when RJ and I took on the daunting task of organizing our garage, and I finally had to confront the huge mess that was my life from 0-20 years old. And then figure out how to organize it. Just imagine me in our backyard, sunburned and in my bathing suit sitting on the pavement, with piles and piles and piles of papers, photos, junk, etc. strewn all around the back patio.
It was quite the show.
Anyways, in the process, I stumbled upon many hidden gems that I had nearly forgotten about. Here are some favorites!
- A thank you card from 8 year old Timmy, probably a Sunday school project or something.
“Thank you Alice for telling me helpful notes so I can act like a big boy.”
PRESH. And apparently, my helpful notes didn’t work ‘cuz Timmy still acts like a baby. Ohhh SNAP!
- A random note from one of my college roommates that illustrates the awesomeness of our relationship.
I believe this was right around the time that Napoleon Dynamite came out.
- A letter from one of the nurses in the inpatient treatment facility where I was receiving treatment for anorexia. I found it on my mirror the morning I was discharged from the hospital.
I always wish there was some way I could find all of the nurses, doctors, and therapists who worked with me during my time of recovery to let them know that I made it to the other end. It’s such a tough demographic to work with, with the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. I would want them to know that their efforts were not in vain, and that with their help, one life was changed forever.
- Probably my favorite Valentine’s Day card of all time!
A card from Michael Bluth??!
Close! My old roommate/bridesmaid/poppet, Bree, who used to watch episode after episode of Arrested Development with me!! I love that her name is nowhere to be found on this random card that was sent to RJ and my new home on Valentine’s Day.
- A re-creation of a childhood photo of Jenny and I, taken while we were in Taiwan 6 years ago.
- Ummm…an autographed photo of JTT!!!! Yes, I was in his fan club!!
- And of course, what about a photo montage of most of my school pictures??
I believe we start with 3rd grade and skip 6th grade between the “no glasses” pic and when glasses first begin to make an appearance.
I’m sure I have some more fun stuff to share, but that’s all I’ve got for tonight.
Thank for reading! In a future post, I’ll show you how I organized all of my old cards, letters, and photos. :)