Monday, May 11, 2015

Garage Cleanup

I really thought this wouldn't happen before my year anniversary of retirement. I have had a ton of interruptions in my todo list for the one year mark.

As I have said before, the last couple of years were hard ones, and I let a lot of things go. Had to!

But, today I crossed a big one on the todo list, and I am quite sure this one will make me feel better when I recover from it. I am sure it will motivate me more on some other tasks.

The garage is much cleaner and organized.

Let me just tell you about that fan. It was purchased from Kmart in Auburn my first year there. I lived in an unairconditioned dorm. I can't believe it still works, but it does. I think it proves they made things better a long time ago.

Hubby took off today, so we tackled it. From now until the end of school, he will be busy, busy, busy.
High school principals have many nights of activities in May.

We had some serious mildew on the walls. I actually thought we would be painting, but we bleached the walls first and they look really good for a garage. 

These cabinets are so ugly, but they were free from a beauty shop a few years back. They are great storage. Do you see my little labels. I try to keep Hubby organized, plus I love labeling things.

I wish I could tell you we had one of those garages on Pinterest or other blogs that I look at with envy, but this is real life here at our house. We don't have much yard, so no storage area in the backyard. Mind you---I am not complaining as I love my backyard. We do have a place to put the lawn mower and yard tools under the house, but other wise the garage has to hold all things.

My hubby's family had a hardware store all of his growing up years, so he has a bit of an obsession with tools. I really don't mind that, except that he never puts one back when he uses it. So, when I took basically a two year hiatus from cleaning the garage when life hit, the garage was horrible. I hated for the door to be opened.

That is why there will be no before pictures!!!

We live where live oaks are abundant and they put out leaves like crazy in the spring. Every corner of that garage had leaves. After sweeping leaves, and scrubbing dirt off of every surface, and bleaching every wall from top to bottom, then wiping it down, I am pooped. 

I wish I had one of those painted floors, but the truth is we really use this garage, so it would be futile.

If you are wondering about why we have so many gas cans, they are for hurricane season. I am not even kidding when I tell you we are the very last street to get our power back on in our county. I have always gone back to work before we get it back. Everyone else is back on their way to normal, and I am still hot. We apparently live on a little circuit that is not attached in any way to anything of importance. It will be announced that all power is back on in our county, and we will have gotten it back about 10 minutes before the big announcemnt.

Had to shower to get the grime off, then soak in a tub of Epsom salts. They are incredible. I read about them as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and I will swear by them.

IT was worth the achy body to get this checked off the list. 

My goal is to keep the floor swept in the walkway. We park Hubby's midlife crisis '95 Jeep Wrangler that he uses on the weekend and to haul the dogs to the park on the right.

Now, if the mildew reappears, we can paint one wall at a time.

This was a huge one for me. I wish it were it bit prettier, but that is just the girl in me. It is a garage after all. Hubby said I had a gift for cleaning. That made my day.

Feeling motivated,

Sharing with:

Can't believe I am sharing, but hoping maybe there are some others out there that don't have the Pinterest garages and would like to see.

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  1. Wow, what a huge load off your shoulders! I am on a mission to do just that in many areas of my house! Started today with my "office" which may one day be just that!

    1. Good Luck with the office. That one room clean and organized makes the rest of the house run better:)

  2. Sandy, I just did the very same thing in my husband's garage! It becomes such a hot mess, I couldn't take it any more! We def don't have a Pinterst garage either :)
    Thanks so much for sharing with me for Something to Talk About!


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