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Summer Project: Clean Garage

May 21st, 2019 at 03:45 pm

I am getting closer to a clutter-free garage. It's not easy, though. Tonight's fun: going through the hardware/tools section of our garage which has expanded and is now pretty insane. I am going to confess that this is my area and not my husband's. He is not allowed to touch my power tools!

I have a bad habit of saving all sorts of stupid stuff - extra screws, extra anything. I have a box called "random parts" that I haven't opened in YEARS.

The hardware section is about one entire shelf and includes old spraypaint and half used tubes of liquid nails that are hard as a rock. I actually think keeping some of this stuff COSTS money because if that shelf is so packed full of stuff, you don't check it before you buy something you already have. If it was more streamlined, it'd be easier to see what we've got.

I already got rid of one thing in the garage today on our Buy Nothing group.

And I put in a call about getting the rest of our garage drywalled (this is an expense, but I am going to paint it myself). Drywalling the last garage wall and the ceiling will add value to our house and make the garage easier to keep clean.

Don't get me wrong - this isn't the worst garage in the world. We can get both cars in. So that's good. But on my journey to have less stuff, this is pretty much the last stop. My goal is the end of the summer, and hopefully the timeline will be sped up by setting up a date to get the drywall done.

May is Always Busy!

May 19th, 2019 at 04:31 pm

May is always so packed full of events! I am taking one day at a time...

Here's what's going on:

- Middle School Musical - this past weekend was the middle school musical, and F was in it... They did a performance for local elementary schools, then two public performances. We went to both, and the kids did a great job! Instead of buying flowers, I got F a little plant at Trader Joe's and a bag of dark chocolate peanut butter cups. We're not really cut flower people, and this will last a lot longer (well, not the peanut butter cups!) so in my mind a better buy.

- Friends Moving - So my best friend is moving out of the state, and her daughter is F's best friend! More like a sister really. Anyway, my friend M's husband already moved (he had to start his job in January) and they are following in June, which is right around the corner! (Crying). M went out to California for the weekend for a big work event for her husband, so we had her daughter all weekend, which is great for the two girls. I had to buy a ton of extra groceries, and I don't even care. Thinking of it as a gift to F and her friend. I will take the girls to school tomorrow; right now they are upstairs singing together.

- Garbage Disposal - I installed my own garbage disposal instead of hiring a plumber, and I want to let you know I'm pretty sure I did it better! When I took the old one out, I noticed it was screwed in at an angle, and mine was perfectly straight. It is a lot quieter (which could be that it's new, or it could be that it's put on straight!!!).

- Mother's Day - We didn't do much for mother's day, but F made me an amazing scavenger hunt - so much fun!! That's the kind of gift I love!

- Dinner - Tonight's dinner is Bad Breath Pasta (well, that's what we call it). It's my easiest dinner and pretty frugal... pasta, spinach, kalamata olives, capers, balsamic, olive oil and garlic. Maybe we'll have it with toast or garlic bread...

And that's about it...