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Garage clean out. Part 1: Procrastination

I like to say, “If it wasn’t for the last minute, I’d get nothing done!” Truth be told, I’m addicted to procrastination, but it always feels so much better to just get ‘er done. The weight of outstanding projects and tasks stress me out.

My current procrastination is sorting out my family’s garage. We moved into our house in June and stored everything that wasn’t immediately necessary for our day-to-day lives in the garage. That was EIGHT months ago and we still can’t walk around in our garage space. Forget about parking even one of our two cars in it.


The interesting thing is, most of those boxes and piles of random stuff, haven’t been needed or used in the last eight months. So why the heck are we holding on to them?! I don’t know.

Here we are, at the beginning of my journey to clean out this space. “Journey?” That sounds lofty, doesn’t it? Well, check out the mess we’re starting with – it’s overwhelming and I’d much rather find other things to be “busy” with; like laundry, dishes or starting (and not finishing) another DIY project in the house. This space has been out of sight and out of mind, and now is the time to finally tackle it.

Every project should start with what you’re trying to achieve.

My goals for this project:

  1. Park at least one car in the garage (my car of course, the hubby can park outside)
  2. Make money

Simple, right? Did you see the picture?

GarageCollage1. Okay, first step…well, maybe a London Fog first, and then…clear a path and keep safety in mind. I’m serious, someone could get hurt in this space

2. Create areas: keep, sell, donate and trash. The game plan is to make money and throw out as little as possible (it’s shocking what items might be useful to someone else)

I’ve seen friends make this easier on themselves by making two piles: keep and trash. My series of posts are to prove that even a busy working mother of two girls, with a hyper puppy, and a lazy cat, can find the time to organize, make some money, share useful items with those in need and spare our landfills in the process.

Anyone want to venture a guess on how much money we (I say “we,” ‘cause my hubby will end up doing most of the heavy lifting) can make through this project? I’m hoping to exceed $500.

Useful links

Check back for updates on Lacey’s quest, and if she’s inspired you to clean out your own garage here’s a few more posts to help you:

Garage sale 101: tips for a successful garage sale

Spring Cleaning: Garage Makeover Time

10 great upcycling projects for the office space



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