Having someone there meant 1. no breaks - my back and feet are just exhausted and I'm filthy dirty. But had I done the job at my pace, a couple of birthdays would have gone by before I finished. So in this case, pain but big gain. and 2. I had no time to make important Keep or Toss decisions so I ended up tossing out a whole lot more than I would have on my own - probably twice as much.
I did not toss out anything that cannot be replaced if I decide that life is no longer worth living without it. And OMG, do I have beautiful storage space now. With room. Whew. It's perfect. And all the stuff is out of here. Two 2-tier carts full took two trips to the dumpster.
My next step - NOT today - is to go through the living room cupboard and move some of it to the terrace so that everything will have room to breathe and will be accessible easily. But, today was a giant step forward. Yeah!
I'm trying to figure out if I have enough energy to make a sandwich or if it would be easier to go down to the coffee shop and order one and bring it back. I could sure use a magic wand right now - a magic wand with a sandwich on the end of it!