Sunday, April 07, 2013
4 days working along side my husband while we attack the Garage Spring Clean Up, and yes, HE is still alive. My sister in law told me yesterday when we spoke that I should have just sent my husband fishing while I did the clean up myself. Unfortunately it's too late for that now however I wish I had thought of it because it surely would have saved on the aggravation.
Nevertheless I am happy to say DH and I have gotten A LOT done even with our squabbles. 7 full trips to the dump as well as 5 garbage bags filled. Even though DH didn't let go of stuff without a battle we have made significant progress. We have separated and organized a large pile of boxes and things belonging to our daughter which she has promised to sort in early June when she's out of school. After which she will host her own yard sale. We've offered her the use of our yard for this venture so all she has to do is work the sale.
We also have a sizable pile of items for our own yard sale. DH and I will set aside a couple of days this week and clean any items that need freshening up, hang clothes, wrap up cords, etc as well as group like items together to make it easier for set up. Today we finished our day in the garage by checking to make sure everything electrical slated for the sale is in good working order.
Lastly, we have a 3rd section and this by far is the most difficult one for ME. See DH has trouble ridding himself of unused or miscellaneous this n thats. For me, it's more the sentimental things I can't let go of especially when it comes to anything related to my daughter or grandson childhood. I realise it's a psychological attachment but at any rate those issues are usually the hardest to let go of. This last section contains my grandson's, and yes, even some of my daughter's baby and childhood items such as high chairs, pack n plays, walkers, push toys, bikes, baby baths along with their miscellaneous toys, books, Barbies, dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, rattles, games, etc, plus loads of clothing. At present, I have two walk in closets full as well as a large section of the basement/ garage with these items, all boxed up neat, organized and labeled. I have 2 of every big item such as pack n plays, high chairs, bouncers, etc. Looking at all of it, it is a bit much to say the least. Yet, to be perfectly honest I am truly wrestling with this emotionally. Part of me thinks I should just "SUCK IT UP CUPCAKE!" and all of it. Another part of me says, "NO WAY, it's all way too sentimental." Not to mention, DH and I are still hoping for another grandchild one day. And than of course there is the happy medium part of me that says, "Go through all of it, keep some and sell the rest."
Friday, April 05, 2013
So today I began the difficult task of SPRING CLEANING the garage WITH the husband. I definitely have my job cut out for me on both fronts. The work alone is difficult because the area I am speaking of is made up of one half garage and one half basement which makes it a pretty large space loaded with STUFF. It happens to be the husband's all-time favorite dumping ground. If I ask him to toss something out besides trash, this is the place he tossing it. It's his place for anything he doesn't want to deal with. It also accumulates anything and everything he THINKS he will someday use again. Like that will ever happen. So at present, our garage is a hoarder’s paradise and in my opinion seriously in need of HELP! Although one can still move around pretty easily, it is the one area of our home that I do not consider cleaned and organized. It is filled with items we haven't used in years, things we no longer want as well as way too many broken or missing this n thats.
Based on today's experience with the husband, something tells me this is going to be a very looooong weekend, or week, or month, depending on how long it takes me to get the man to WORK WITH ME. Seriously, the words "THROW IT OUT" does mean move an item from one shelf to another. UGH! God give me strength!! Nevertheless no matter how many times I need to threaten to beat him over the head with whatever lethal weapon I can find down there, our garage will become a model of cleanliness and order such as one sees in a Professional Organizer's book or at the very least as near to one as I can get. I am sure the husband is not going to be very happy with me for forcing him to LET GO OF THE JUNK he has so uncreatively collected but he will just have to GET OVER IT!
Not ours but close to what I'm dealing with. We have a car in our garage and our space is larger so imagine MORE STUFF.
My dream of the future OR as near as I can get it.
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