Well.... now after 9 thirty yard dumpsters and six months later.... yes 9 dumpsters, we can finally walk around and plan the renovation. To say this property has been overwhelming is probably a gross understatement. I tried to go through the place in a careful and thoughtful way, so that I can return any family photos, trunks and other mementos to the previous owner. A daunting task of sorting through a hording nightmare, that I will never, ever do again.
It seemed pretty easy at first. After it took us a week to get through one room, I had to take a break. That is how it went for pretty much the last 6 months. At first I was excited and it was interesting, then it became a huge chore and terribly time consuming. I had help, but even they got burned out.
I don't think there is any other explanation needed as to why the place sat vacant for the last 30 odd years. I can't even imagine having to go through this stuff if it belonged to my family. I would probably have a nervous breakdown.
The weather is getting nicer. The sun is starting to shine, like usual, in Montana, and once again, after lots of deep breaths and a little insanity for even buying this mansion, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Kelly Parks is the Mansion Girl, restoring historic homes in Great Falls, Montana. Some girls collect shoes, Kelly collects historic Mansions.
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