That’s what Ann called our first “double session” day together. For decades, she and husband Bill had skipped organizing it. With wide-ranging interests like their large and extended family, sailing, the arts, and volunteering for varied community organizations and projects, the basement wasn’t a priority.
He had passed away a couple of months previously. She decided it was time. Viewing the large room, I suggested that, as with other clients, we start in one corner and work our way around the room.
Some friends, including former Lost Boys of Sudan, would come by between our two three-hour sessions to haul recycling and trash, including old paint cans, upstairs and into the garage for pick-up.
She and I devoted most of our time to some shelves that were full. The most valuable “real estate” – the shelves that were easiest to reach – would hold items needed most often. Others, like holiday platters, would be placed on those at the top and bottom. We filled several garbage bags and separated recycling. We also set aside a variety of items that she would donate to a local women’s chorus annual tag sale, scheduled for September. She graciously offered to store the contributions for the eight months until the sale.
In our next “double session” day, we would continue working our way around the room.