Digging Deeper

After getting all my fabrics sorted and stored in a much better way, I was inspired to look for more stuff to clean out. I found some boxes in the attic, put away in 2008 when we upended our house to have family move in with us. I figured it was time to bring these remaining boxes into the light of day. I found plenty of goodies to toss or pass on:
Old greeting cards
Old sewing patterns, but not “good” old
Beanie Babies
Several dolls
A cordless battery charger
A stack of printer ink cartridges for a printer that died before we used all the ink
Dried-up craft ink
A semi-broken calculator
Outdated P.O. forms 
A foot massager
Plastic(!) needlepoint canvas
Nursery decor
I even decided to let go of the fabric scraps from my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. Really now, it doesn’t change my world to not own them anymore, and I haven’t used them in a project in the past 33 years. Time to say goodbye.

After finishing the attic boxes, I hit the storage shelving in the garage. Wow. I really got into it and purged and organized for three days straight.

 Before, right side of garage. Not bad, but I want this wall to be empty.

 Before, left side of garage. Nicely shelved, but all these boxes need serious review

Out went:
Baskets
Christmas decorations we don’t use anymore
A camp chair 
Crafts projects that went awry
Dated Christmas ornaments
Dead food
Drafting equipment
Dried-up paint cans
Duplicate tools
Empty boxes and cartons
File cabinets
Grass seed
Hardware for things we no longer own
Ice cream maker can for a machine we never owned
Metal shelving
Particle board drawers that are falling apart
A single weight
4 sofa legs
Stinky shoes
Stuffed animals
And much more!

Left side, after moving all the shelves and power washing the floor. Freezer is moved into more convenient place.
Basically, I divided the garage in half. On the left side, I boxed and shelved all the things I believe we should continue to own. On the right side, I stacked cardboard cartons, filled with the rejects, on old shelving we no longer need. The two sides ended up being about equal in quantity.

 Re-org in process but not yet finished

 This stuff is going…

I hoped to be able to post a picture of the finished product, but we have so, so much to get rid of. I decided we will have another garage sale later this month, and then I can post a picture of our clean garage. Our goal is to get both cars parked inside.

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3 responses to “Digging Deeper

  1. Great inspiration here. When I organize, I say my little "rap" written from the viewpoint of a younger generation. Here it is exclusive to Make and Do:Grandma and grandpaMom and DadCan we have this discussionWithout repercussion?We know you might be busyBut some of your junk might be riskyAnd you are stuck With the junk In the trunk Bins, baskets and boxes galoreMucho papers might ignite A horrible eye sore.Get it out and take a peakWe know this will takeMore than just a weekNo more shoulder padMove to a new fadAnd all the clothes you hadJunk just makes us madThe world is now digitalNo more rigid you allSlides no longer square and small Slides on Power Point that’s allPut your books on KendalJust make DVDs a rentalNo more overhead projectorAn Elmo we expect directorOld technology is all junkOld technology smells like a skunkGet you some spunkGet rid of that junkGet rid of that mailHave a garage saleTo fund our educationSo we can help the nationCall yourself mature?Saving stuff is not a cureWant less to dust for sure?Junk is like manureAll this clutterMakes us sputterBut, if we can help youMake the house brand newThen all your clutterWon’t make us sputterGrandma and Grandpa Mom and DadCan we have this discussionWithout repercussion?

  2. This is exactly what I need and want to do. Right now it's what I'm helping my neighbors do before their move. I'm inspired by your before and after.

  3. WOW! That is serious motivation! I'm impressed. You are going to love the extra space and 'free' feeling you gain.

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