Oh the garage. There just are not words to describe the way our garage was before the big clean out. Horrifying. Disgusting. Appalling. None of those even come close. I don’t even have a full before picture because I couldn’t fit all the clutter into the frame of the camera. It was that bad, y’all. See, the garage door broke at the end of 2011 and we couldn’t get it fixed until February of this year. That’s over a year of not being able to open the door. So what do you think happened once we weren’t putting our cars in their anymore? Yep. We filled it with clutter overflow from the house instead.
This was the job I was dreading the most. These photos show you just one half of the garage while we were in the process of cleaning it out. Matt had a 4 day weekend and we spent the entire weekend working on the garage. Every single thing was sorted and organized. Just imagine, these are the photos when we were half way done with the garage so can you picture what it looked like before we started? I hope y’all appreciate the difficulty I have sharing these before pictures. It’s totally embarrassing and these aren’t even the full extent of the mess!
Did you cringe? I’m still cringing right now and it’s my house. You know the worst part? We didn’t even really know what was in that garage. We hadn’t needed anything in there for over a year. So clearly it was just all clutter that we had allowed to pile up until the job became so big that it seemed impossible to clean out.
Over the 4 day weekend we sorted through it all. We made 2 huge piles: donate and large trash. We cleared out one side of the garage first by moving everything to the driveway and used that side of the garage for our 2 piles. Also, I must mention, we gave ourselves a deadline. We set up a large trash pick up through our city for the Friday after our 4 day weekend and also set an appointment for the National Kidney Foundation to come pick up our donate pile on the same day. So we had to get it finished, no putting it off!
We went through everything in that garage. I could not believe the amount of stuff in our 2 piles when were finished. I forgot to take a picture of the 2 piles when we were done but oh my gosh….unreal. The few things that were left in the garage were sorted and organized into the white cabinets we have along one wall. And there’s hardly anything in there- tools and some art supplies, that’s about it. I can’t tell you how nice it is to walk in the garage and find the hammer without having to search through piles of junk!
Zoey looks so little sitting in the middle of all that open space! You can see in the left corner the start of our donate pile. It covered almost the whole side of the garage! It felt great to donate all that stuff to a worthy cause. The National Kidney Foundation is near and dear to my heart. My dad is a kidney transplant recipient and we give thanks every day for the gift he was given- for the gift we were given.
Look at all that space. Oh it felt so good to get it all cleaned out! The first thing I did after the donate truck left was park my minivan inside the garage for the first time in over a year. One thing I am so looking forward to is not scraping the snow and ice off my windshield in the morning so I can take the kids to school. Nothing worse than 20 minutes of work for a 5 minute round trip drive to the school.
The minivan looks happy, doesn’t she? I think she might be smiling. I know I am! This was the last big project of my huge whole house clean out and I sure did save the biggest for last! I can’t believe my 31 Day Series is almost over! Tomorrow I’m sharing my last project- the update of my front closet locker system and on Thursday I have a wrap up post with tips on how to maintain the organization after doing all this work! Then it’s back to regular scheduled programming!
You can see all the posts in my 31 Day Series HERE. New posts are added daily.