For Queens cleanout estimate, man returns to childhood bedroom that hasn’t changed since 1981
Rubbish removal jobs are never just jobs. They always tell a story.
Sometimes they’re happy, sometimes they’re sad, but they’re usually worth telling again.
Like this one, an estimate for a two-family house garbage cleanout in Queens, where a man was interested in getting rid of clutter and trash. When he was young, he said, his family lived on the first floor of the house, his grandparents on the second. He was back to place his mother, who was living on the second floor, in a nursing home and sell the house.
It was clear that the man hadn’t been back in a while — he went off to college in 1981 and said his bedroom still looked the same as it did on the day I was there. Toy cars lined an open ledge, books and papers filled the closet, trash lingered along the space where the floor met the wall.
That’s when I saw the top to a board game box, covered in Popeye the Sailor Man. It seemed like it would fit nicely with my other antiques, and I was right. But I can’t help thinking how weird it must have felt for its original owner to walk into his old bedroom and see his childhood toys, untouched from their original home on the ledge. I got the feeling he didn’t speak to his mother often, but one thing’s for sure: Now he’s got a house to sell.