Cleaner, More Organized, and So Freakin’ Sore!

Picture a pithy, funny post here with dramatic before and after photos. Please picture it because you aren’t going to see one yet. Instead I’m writhing on the couch in pain. My bad knees hurt, my tendonitis-riddled arms hurt, my skin hurts from being sweaty for two days straight. Please don’t tell anyone but I might not be as tough as I like to think I am.

Aside from aches and pains and seriously grody clothes, I’m really please with the garage progress. I have a dumpster about half full, I have taken two loads to Goodwill, I swept an insane amount of dust, cobwebs, dog kibble, and spiders. Two walls are at least half painted and there is a lot more order in general. I really wasn’t able to get to the shelves behind the cabinets. That’s OK because that was actually the area I used the most so it is fairly organized, It could use some straightening but it isn’t insane like the workbench was.

I’m waiting for the last wall to dry now. Some organization will happen this week in the evenings after work. That’s OK. It is something I can do in a closed garage and now I’ll get to spend as much time as I want hanging things, sorting things, and general organization goodness which makes me ridiculously happy. I don’t like to clean but I adore organizing. If I ever had to go into witness protection and I had to switch careers, I would be a professional organizer. Oh, I probably shouldn’t have said that. If Federal Marshalls ask you…I didn’t say a thing.

As I stagger about holding my back and moaning, I will leave you with this one picture of proof that progress was made. The workbench before:

The workbench after:

And that was in the first hour. So I’ve earned my aches and pains honestly.

The project list was a great guide. Especially when I was getting tired, hot, and sweaty. It made it easier to stay on target as I deteriorated mentally (not that I’m getting melodramatic or anything). Things did have to be adjusted as I realized I didn’t have enough room in the driveway for everything and I couldn’t get to part of the mess behind the cabinets. I ended up doing half the garage Saturday and the rest on Sunday.

Saturday:

  • Hire a dumpster from the garbage company
  • Take things waiting to be donated to the donation sites
  • Pull everything out from the walls
  • Weed out more stuff to be donated (have I even thought about it in 6 months?)
  • Clean off existing shelves of stuff that can be donated and re-organize how they go back to create more room
  • Remove clutter around work bench
  • Sweep everything out thoroughly
  • Paint the garage walls
  • Hang shelves and hooks
  • Put items that are staying back and re-organize how they go back to create more room
  • Organize the work bench so tools are easy to see and access

Sunday:

  • Take things waiting to be donated to the donation sites
  • Pull everything out from the walls
  • Weed out more stuff to be donated (have I even thought about it in 6 months?)
  • Sweep everything out thoroughly
  • Paint the garage walls
  • Hang shelves and hooks
  • Put items that are staying back and re-organize how they go back to create more room
  • Organize gardening area so tools are easy to see and access

Tomorrow I’ll share a little painting shortcut I tried and liked for this project. If you’re not a spackling prodigy, you might appreciate this for areas that don’t need to look perfect (like a garage wall).

 

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