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.