With Winter 2013/2014 approaching, I desperately want to be able to do one simple thing: park my car in the garage.
My Car's 1st Winter
This is my first Winter with my "new" car (2004 Honda CR-V…yeah, that's right, I'm making payments on a car that's almost 10 years old…don't judge me!), and I would love to never scrape a frosty window. Seems like a reasonable goal, right? Especially with a 2-car garage!
We've been living in our house for over 3 years now, and our garage has been a revolving door of stuff. I am absolutely tired of it. I hit my goal over the summer of clearing junk out by having a garage sale and donating everything that didn't sell. So WHY, OH WHY, is my garge still un-parkable?
I Just Can't Do It!
I've spent a couple days working on it and this past weekend I hit a wall. After a mini-anxiety attack, I just couldn't take anymore. It is just too much for me to do. I can't do it. At least not all in one. So I need to break this monster down into smaller, achievable "projects" (projects that to other super-moms out there are just little no-sweat tasks). But hey, I work full-time (45-60 hours/week) and I have 2 precious babies at home (3 months and 2 years) and a hubbie who likes to hang out with me. (On a sidenote, why am I using so many parenthesis in this post???).
Let's Take a Look
Now, this was my FIRST set of Before pictures. I've actually done a lot more work on it since these were taken. But some of the "problems" aka "projects" are still there.
So let's see what's on the Garage Cleanout – Fall 2013 To-Do List
- Recycle Tires (12 of them!)
Donate Headboard (mother-in-law just dropped this off at our house, even though we don't even have a bed that size!) Return unused wood laminate flooring
- Come up with plan for wood laminate flooring
- Return Table Saw to mother-in-law
- Break down & recycle boxes (baby stuff = lots of big boxes)
- Drop off load of donations to St. Vinents
If I can get through those 6 projects this week, then I'll atleast have some more room to work in. The rest of the garage still has a lot of other projects to complete, like:
- Clean out and plug-in freezer
- Move giant TV onto dresser
- Lay down rugs
- Move workout equipment onto said rugs
- Set up "kid area" in "workout area"
- Consolidate & label Christmas boxes
- Buy/Build/Install storage shelves
- Organize tools
And really, a lot of this could be solved with my Spring Goal: Buy a Storage Shed! Then we could put some of our bigger stuff in there: lawn mower, weed wackers (2), snow blower, shovels, rakes, cans of gasoline, bags of fertilizer and weed/feed, and on and on. Until then, I need to shove all that stuff into a nice little corner.