So I asked you all should we or shouldn’t we and the consensus was an overwhelming: “Just do it…” Thanks guys!!! So “we are in” on the Great Garage Clean Out Challenge… Though not in a “stop the traffic” kind of way, just a “this is what needs to be done and this is what I intend to achieve,” kind of a way!!!
Here you go the same old garage – you see it tidy, you see it tend to chaos, you see it nearly tidy, then absolute chaos… well this is the month. I am going to give it one last try…
There is a system… everything in the house that we want to donate gets dumped there. As well as a few potential projects and a pile of bikes…
So I am seeing se7en tasks:
- Get all the donate-ables out of the house.
- Get all the donate-ables out of the garage:
- Get all the donate-ables GONE!!!
- Sort out the shelves:
- It is not all rubbish:
- The Pile of Bikes:
- The door:
- Clear the Floor: I know this should be the first project, but we need to get to the floor first!!! We live at the bottom of a mountain and as the winter rains set in, so does the mountain run-off. All winter we literally have a river running through. My kids love to build little projects in the special channels, created in the floor, specifically for catching mountain water runoff. If we do nothing else we really do need to clear the floor of anything that could potentially be damaged by water.
This is a big project. I have no problem gathering up goodies for donation – I bag them, I box them and down to the garage they go. But there are some items: that don’t seem to get down to the garage… they get stuffed in shelves, put on the side in piles and generally cause clutter around our house. These bits and bobs have been filtered out of the everyday stuff and that is as far as they go… stagnating in the top of closets, jammed on top of books on shelves… bleh. To this end I spent the whole of “May Day” going through everyone’s closets… checking for discards. Truth is when you are a minimalist at heart it is possible to sort everyone’s clothes in a day!!!
From crazy to choralled, the task was done… all of us. Otherwise, toys are done, books are an ever and slow-ongoing process… the kitchen we did earlier this summer… So pretty much all the donate-ables are done and in the garage.
This is the next step… Right now everything is jammed on shelves around the garage and needs to all be taken out, put in a pile and then we need to figure out where to send everything. This is my project for this week…
If I manage this task this week I will consider myself to be quite rocking!!! This is probably going to be the hardest to do… And I am going to need to figure how to get the stuff in our garage into the hands of the folk who can use it… Just up the road from us… let’s see how I manage!!!
Amidst the things to donate and the few things we actually need to keep there is actual garbage… I wish I knew what to do with it. For example: I have asked this before and I will ask it again: “What exactly do you do with a solid block of concrete?” Any hints???
We have a perfectly good tumble dryer lurking in there… I moved it out of our kitchen when the cost of electricity began to hike, about two if not three years ago. I can’t bring myself to part with it – I know how expensive it is to run and how much energy it wastes…we never ever use it, but that doesn’t mean I want anybody else wasting heaps of electricity either. It is a dilemma!!!
Our kids ride bikes up and down the driveway all winter… but they need a few repairs and I think I need to set the task of a “bike-rack” because this heap, and this is on a good day, is just not working for me at all!!!
That door, balanced against the wall, has been in our garage four if not five years… it was part of our house before we renovated and I have always wanted to use it for a project – the time has come. Project or donate – seriously, enough is enough.
And the se7en + 1th thing:
That’s us… And I won’t mind any encouraging comments – like: “Of course you can tackle the garage with joy in your step.” No matter how many little people really want to just help. Actually it is the help of the older siblings that fill me with trepidation, their idea of help and potential projects are a lot further away from mine than you can possibly imagine. Let’s build a bike rack could quite easily turn into let’s build a time traveling space rocket, without any of them batting an eye… If that is the sort of help I get then our garage is going to look a WHOLE lot worse before it gets any better!!!