I’ve been meaning to clear out and reorganise my garage for about two/three years, but with all the other commitments I have had in that time, it was too difficult to find space and time to do so. And there’s always something more immediate and pressing you can do, rather than this grotty, dirty, time consuming task
I am on holiday for a fortnight, and I’ve been looking forward (as much as anyone can to such a task) to cleaning out and sorting what I had stored as well as taking the time to give away stuff I no longer needed, but which was still useful.
It’s taken me two days (probably about one day of straight labour, but who can do a job like this in a day?). I’ve had to buy a tool box (my first tool box) and re-home all my tools as well as reuse the lunch boxes the tools were originally stored in, to store other stuff.
At the start, it was a bit of a hodge-podge of furniture I want to do up, leaf litter (I get a lot of dead leaves blown into my garage thanks to the amazingly retro louvred garage door you can see at the top of the photo), gardening stuff, bricks and things that I no longer used or needed but which were still in good knick…oh and a G.I.A.N.T. bag of rooster booster (no home should be without it):
I had to sort through and dush all the large items, wash the items I wanted to give away. Then sweep up about 6 buckets of leaf litter and plastic waste that has also blown in to my garage (thank you again, louvred garage doors):
I also made some new friends (and then got slightly worried when I looked again and the new friends were not there…these are not the sort of friends you want to lose sight of):
By the late morning of day one, I had sorted out most of the front part of the garage and given away many of the items I wanted to de-clutter:
By the end of day one, most of the clutter at the back had been dealt with, with some of it being packed into crates overnight (it’s amazing what you can do if you put a show like The Following and get your sorting mojo on):
Finally, it’s all done:
All sorted, shuffled, swept, crated where required and organised…
It took me two days, FYI: sorting out my wardrobe over the Christmas break actually took longer 😮 (but there were shoes to get me through that, with my garage there’s only the righteousness of having cleaned).
The last thing was for Captain Pouncealot to closely inspect the changes:
For those of you worried about him coming across Jim-bob and Josephine (or any number of their close relatives) I actually did spray my garage to avoid him putting his nose into a faceful of redback. While I normally agree with live and let live…there’s only so much living and let living you can do with an inquisitive cat like this one: