You all have heard me lament (aka: whine) about the mess in the garage for eons. Now before I show you the before photos...please no harsh judgements. It is way to easy to toss stuff out there, because we don't see it daily (well I do when I go to get something out of the freezer for dinner, thus all my whining), but the kids don't, so out of sight out of mind. So without judgement on me please, here are the before shots:
This is standing on the steps that are just outside the kitchen door, on the house side of the garage. And no, that is not all trash. I am not that bad. Under there is Joe's canoe, the lawnmower and boxes of stuff that need to go be donated. The bags in the front are actually clothes to be donated, that I didn't want the kids to mistake for trash.
This is taken from the opposite, garage door side of it. As you can see better in this photo, there is alot under the cardboard and such.
We spent time putting cardboard boxes back in the basement where they belonged. They had been sitting in the garage for over 3 months, when my oldest daughter thought she might need them. That feel through and they ended up staying there....not anymore!!
Then my son Joe and I sorted through 3 giant boxes of stuff that my 19yo daughter had decided she didn't want anymore and tossed out here. We managed to get 3 more bags of clothes for donation and 3 more bags of regular trash. I sorted out some stuff for the scrap metal section at the dump, and also packed up 2 boxes of movies/books to go to the donation bin.
All in all, we did 2 very large trips to the dump. This is the after:
We still have a long way to go, to get rid of all the stuff on the right side in this photo, but think we can get it done in just a few weekends. I made the mistake of taking a bunch of furniture from my brother when he was cleaning out, thinking that my oldest daughter would need it when she got a new place. " Surprise mom, I am staying where I am". Now I am stuck with this stuff. I have more in the basement, trust me. I want to get rid of it, but also know that 19yo daughter is talking about moving out in the very near future....and it is all useable. I just don't want to have to store it:P
We will discuss what she might want to save for her place, and then the rest is going either to Salvation Army, or the dump. Either way, I might actually be able to see the full garage soon!
Hope you had a productive weekend!