Do you remember that show on TLC – called Clean Sweep? It felt like this is what we had to do in our garage. Only without the experts and the television crews. And without the money.
Yeah… total bummer. If only we were independently wealthy.
I have a tendency to throw stuff I don’t want to deal with in the garage. It’s kinda my “free zone.” Which is pretty unfair to my husband, because I don’t allow him to have any free zone in the house. And, the garage is arguably his space. This is where he saws, nails, welds, works on cars, stores lawn equipment… it’s a multipurpose zone. I also paint and garden there.
Items in the garage also seem to multiply. Which is puzzling. We like to blame our parents for the waterskis and fertilizer and water sealer (I can’t make this stuff up) that just seem to appear in our garage. But, if we were being honest with ourselves, we would agree that the vast majority of the junk is our own fault.
So, to make it up to him, I told Ryan a while ago that I would help him purge and organize the garage to get it back in tip-top shape. He took me up on it over a recent weekend.
And, while you may be hoping for an outcome that looks like this garage, it’s highly unlikely.
(And, if you have a garage that actually looks like this, I don’t think we can be friends. I’m too jealous.)
At one point, we both looked at each other with wide eyes, wondering how we let it get this bad. We talked about the fact that we always wonder how people get to the point that they have no space to park cars in the garage. Now we understand… it just takes time, laziness and junk. Although we were still parking in the garage, the junk was slowly encroaching into our cars’ space.
While we didn’t add any fancy organization tools, we did designate some zones, which helped a ton. Yard tools in one area. Gardening in one area. Car repair in one area. Workout zone in one area. I haven’t taken photos. It’s not really very exciting. Just more organized. (Although Ryan’s tractor now occupies the space designated for his car. But, that’s his decision.)
We also got rid of lots of junk. Some went to Goodwill. Some straight to the garbage.
And, now we both feel a lot better about how the garage looks. And, I think that means we won’t let it get that bad again. (We hope this is what it means.)
Where is your “free-zone” in your house (or yard, or garage)? What will it take to get you to have a clean sweep?