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Taking On The Husband and The Garage

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!! emoticon 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. emoticon

My dream of the future OR as near as I can get it. emoticon
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    Good luck Sallie its possible emoticon
    1904 days ago
    Good luck!
    1904 days ago
    good luck
    1904 days ago
    Good Luck! I have found it some things just disappear, they never miss them. It also affirms to them if it were organized they would know where it is. Look forward to seeing your finished product.
    1904 days ago
    Well Martha (haha), I mean Sallie - if anyone can get it all cleaned and looking perfect (love the "after" picture you chose!! I think one could EAT off of that garage floor!) YOU can!!!
    I have to admit I am probably (unfortunately) more like your hubby than like you - not that I want to keep stuff, just that I lost the ability to stay on top of keeping the house spic and span when my son was about 2 and never got my old ways back! Embarrassing!
    I know you'll be triumphant and successful... can't wait to see the real "after" photo when you're all done!
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    1904 days ago
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    Good Luck Sallie! Don't let this stress you out forever. At some point if he doesn't go with it figure out if it is worth all the stress. argh!
    1904 days ago
    Sallie, that must be a "man" thing. lol Good luck and let us know how it goes. You are a braver soul than I am. ((HUGS))
    1904 days ago
    "...the words "THROW IT OUT" doesn't mean move an item from one shelf to another"

    Our husbands must be related!

    Our computer/hobby room is directly off the LR, and is DH's "junk drop off" area, about every other month we have to spend a weekend cleaning it back out. It would go faster if he didn't have to look at/keep every single scrap of paper, computer part, old magazine, broken thing, etc. But whatever, quality time I guess. Not my ideal for QT, but gotta love him, mess & all!
    1905 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2013 8:21:56 PM
    Maybe show your husband some nice examples of an organized garage? We tackled this last summer, and what a difference. Now we have just three durable plastic shelved closets and two open plastic racks (the latter for cases of water and recycles, as I can barely lift the cases out of the car let alone get them into the house). Plus, we have three plastic garbage cans, one bicycle and a shop vac. Who knew we had so much space? The wals are bright white and we had the floor painted professionally - gray with white and black speckles.
    The only thing I plan on adding, if I can find the right one is a metal topped potting table.
    Hang in there - the clean out is worth it. Be ruthless!
    1905 days ago
    I wish you the best of luck. I'm more like your husband and tend to hold onto way too much. The hardest part is starting, but it does get easier and feels SO good when you are done. All that stuff really can bog down your mind and heart.
    1905 days ago
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