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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.

5 Responses to “Summer Project: Clean Garage”

  1. disneysteve Says:

    Good for you on the effort and progress so far.

    I've been working on our garage, too, which is far more of a mess than yours from the sounds of it. No way you could get a car in ours. I'm trying to get as much done as I can before it gets too hot out to work in there.

  2. Buendia Says:

    Disneysteve, I get it - it's like racing the clock! This is not really my husband's thing (he's more the IT guy) and all the tools/supplies are mine, so I have to do most of it myself... Will be looking forward to seeing your progress!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Yay on your work on your garage! So many folks in our town can't get their cars in because they have so much junk in them. I never could figure that out...a car costs lots of money -- why not protect it from the elements.

    Years and years ago my dad was always saving screws, nuts, bolts, and we had coffee cans full all over the garage. My mom finally told him to either go through them or get rid of them because he never could find what he wanted and wound up going to the hardware store to buy more. LOL

  4. disneysteve Says:

    rob62521 - Even if our garage was spotless, we wouldn't put a car in there. We had a car fire in our driveway years ago and were extremely lucky that the house didn't catch fire. Had the car been in the driveway, we would have lost our home. So no garages for us.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I can't move most of the stuff in our garage by myself, otherwise, I'd clean it out myself. I used to be able to park in it, but then I stopped for a while due to the opener not working. Next thing I knew, all thoughts of parking in it were gone. Aquariums/stands/speakers ....

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