Trashy Tuesday, I clean up very well

Le Junque

Welcome to Trash Tuesday (sorry Wednesday), where we talk trash, literally.

This week, we are LITERALLY talking trash, as in an entire UHaul truck full of it and an entire minivan with the seats all stowed away……

Do you remember the pictures I shared with you last week?  Yes, they were quite scary for me too.  I knew I could finally come clean about my trash because Mark and I had planned last Saturday as trash removal day.  I just didn’t realize how much I had accumulated.

To be perfectly fair, some of it was from my old storage closets that Mr. Red and I had demolished last week to make way for more efficient storage.  There was also a BBQ that had lived a long and faithful life, but died recently and needed to be removed from the premises.  But…..most of it was my trash.  Tons and tons of scrap wood, that well, should have been left where it came from.  About one hundred and one wood pallets of all shapes and sizes, and heaven knows what else went.  But when all was said and done, I have a glorious amount of furniture left, all waiting for a Redoux.

It was a long, hot disgusting day.  At about 1:00 it was 103, but I was a woman with a purpose.  I knew if I could “organize” some of my junk, I could be so much more productive.  We finally finished about 3:00.  I wasn’t looking, (or smelling) too lovely at this point.  Here is my before:

Luckily, a shower and a little makeup do wonders.  I had to go out in public and didn’t want to scare anyone.  Here is my “after”

And…..Here is my before of my side yard again:

And here is my after!

I even took pictures of each piece and will be categorizing them so I really know what I have!  I was so happy to get rid of all this stuff, I promised myself I wasn’t bringing ANYTHING else home until it was cleaned out.

I even passed this sign!

But then this morning I saw this table on someone’s lawn, waiting to be picked up with the trash……What’s one more piece of junque?


  1. Jill Flory

    🙂 Looks great! You sideyard and YOU clean up just beautifully!!! And I wouldn’t have passed up that table either!!

  2. cassie

    so nice and neat!!! i wish i had piles of free stuff….. insane!

  3. Claire

    i LOVE your blog … recent find for me …
    you worked HARD – well done!
    here in Sydney Australia the curb is not so generous but i still manage to
    find enough to keep me busy 😉
    keep postin’
    Claire x

  4. Heidi @ Decor & More

    You go, girl!! Love the pieces left for your magic touch… good work!

  5. Sandi

    What a great job done!!!! And yes you clean up beautifully!!!! Whenever I finish a big project I find myself wondering back to it and just standing there and looking for awhile! LOL Do you find yourself with a cup of coffee just staring at the yard now? I sure wish you were closer to Central IL I LOVE the ‘free’ desk!

  6. Kathleen

    Oooo. That must feel so good! And who would be scared by you; dirty and sweaty, you’re still a cutie 🙂 But you DO clean up nice!

  7. karin

    you are beautiful no matter what!!!! I am even more jealous of your junk pile now..
    The both of you are looking GORGEOUS!

  8. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    You clean up mighty fine…but looked cute dirty too!! You could rock both! Oh My gosh your side yard looks super great and organized now! And dang it I needed that Desk!!! I am on the hunt for one! Awesome job, you have some fun fun pieces out there!!

  9. Shannon Fox

    You clean up into a pretty pixie 😉

    And look at you… leaving a free piece! You deserved to get that table, you know, for being so good!

  10. Lizy

    Oh Girl, I’m so happy for you!!! What a determined young lady you are…now…if you could only stop by and organize and clean up my closet and my kid’s I’ll be forever thankful! LOL

    It looks wonderful, doesn’t even look like the same space…oh btw, let me know when you plan on working on the baby blue diaper change table…mine is almost 18 yrs old and I can’t let go of it…so I want to see what you do with it so I can do the same..Kuddos!

  11. Catherine

    I would have helped—remove some of it to MY piles!
    I soooo want that caned chair!
    –and YES! You clean up real good!

  12. Sandy

    WOW!!! That’s amazing, don’t you just love to jump into a big mess and get it cleaned up and all organized? So rewarding even if it is exhausting. And now I can’t wait to see what you do with it. My group of friends that always go to the Paris Flea Mkt on Friday mornings are planing on going to the parking lot sale on Saturday, hope to see you there. Now get your paint cans out and get to work! (if you haven’t started already) lol

  13. Valency

    Too funny, I have the same changing table hanging around, too! 🙂 It’s still white w/ the shelves. It was free to me 14+ years ago. LMK how you repurpose yours!

  14. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Wait, you passed on a free desk? Good thing I’m sitting down! … It all looks great Karen. Much easier on the eyes and so nicely organized! And you are looking cute too!

  15. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    You clean up very nicely! And thrilled to see you cleaning up and cataloging your pile of loot! I have the same little red tool chest on casters (except mine has a red door and the rest is gray. They are definitely twins separated at birth and need to be reunited!

    You passed the test by passing by that desk – but every girl has her breaking point! I would have picked up that table too (hopefully, you didn’t pick it up on your way to dinner)!


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