I laugh when people tell me their garage is a mess…and they have like 10 things stacked in a pile.
[insert major eye rolls here]
OR when people ask me if we park in our garage…
That would be a NO!
Seriously. Most days you can’t see the floor. And there is a path leading to the old refrigerator. And sometimes you can’t even find the path.
Our garage is that place where I say…“I don’t know where to put it – find a place in the garage!!!”
People are warned when visiting our house: DON’T GO IN THE GARAGE!! YOU MIGHT NOT MAKE IT BACK ALIVE!!!
In my own hoarder-like defense, a lot of the boxes and furniture came from my grandparent’s home we cleaned out 2 years ago. I can’t give most of it up, but I don’t know where to put it. So it sits.
So, what does Starr decide to do at 4:30 on a Monday afternoon you may wonder???
Clean out the garage.
We needed to get our Christmas decorations out because my original goal was to get the lights and ornaments on the tree tonight. It’s been up for almost a week with nothing. And watching all you people decorate your trees is causing some major Christmas jealousy for me. Because I AM MRS. CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Each year it’s the same story.
Brian: We have TOO MANY BOXES OF CHRISTMAS CRAP!
Me: Ok, let’s go through it. We can get rid of like HALF of it.
Brian: OK – YES – let’s do that.
Me: Yeah, maybe.
Meanwhile, 3 months later when it’s time to put all the Christmas stuff away…
Me: Oh, goodness. We didn’t get rid of anything. We’ll wait til next year when people can use it. No one wants Christmas stuff in March!
Here we are again. We’ve been doing this same routine for about 13 years. We had a Christmas wedding so we started off with A LOT OF CHRISTMAS STUFF.
And then mom gave me more.
And then Grandma had a lot.
Now here we sit with an absolutely embarrassing amount of bins full of Christmas stuff.
No one should have this much Christmas. Something has got to give. I will be honest and tell you nothing is really organized and there are some bins that hardly have anything in them. If I would just spend time to go through them all I could probably get rid of at least 5 bins off the top.
Story of my life, actually.
Now, here is why I feel like an idiot. Christmas stuff isn’t all we pulled out of the garage.
There’s all the kitchen stuff from Grandma’s that I haven’t been through. Those boxes are full of pots and pans and what-nots for the kitchen.
And then all the other boxes of random stuff from Grandma’s – and MAYBE there are like 6 or 7 huge boxes containing items from my old desk at my corporate job that I left OH 5 YEARS AGO!!!!
Like I’m ever gonna sit and look through old files full of employee recognition ideas and luncheons and charity events…..
Here is the view currently in our house:
Someone please help me.
GUESS WHAT, Y’ALL????
LOOOK!!! There’s actually a floor in our garage!!!
Brian is so overly thrilled. He cannot even contain the excitement. We haven’t seen that much garage floor in like 4 years or more!!
Yeah, the inside of our house might be a disaster at the moment and I might feel like an idiot for having 25+ bins of Christmas crap.
But, we DID in fact get to that tree tonight for today’s originally planned #makeovermonday project!
We have a tradition: Daddy and the kiddos test and string the lights together while I wrap the tree.
Side note: We bought Christmas lights on Black Friday the year we got married to have 25+ live Christmas trees at our wedding and reception. We haven’t bought lights in 13+ years!!!!! We’re so fantastic. Yes, we are.
Lights all done!!
And then these little elves worked so hard and we got 2 full bins of ornaments up on the tree tonight!
We have more to add – remember, 25 bins full of crap.
Tonight was a great start!
And I made my kids promise me one thing: that they’d always have a real tree when they get older 🙂
Have an area you’ve abandoned in your home? Start small. Start now.
Step 1: Take EVERYTHING out and start making sections to sort.
Step 2: Go through 1 box at a time. Give yourself some grace and don’t stress if it takes you days, even weeks.
Make steady progress – and know this: my house is probably worse than yours at any moment, so you can feel good about where you are!!
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