Yesterday I hibernated inside our little travel trailer parked beside the house. Until I got chilly. Then I went out and started all over again.
I’ll admit though, evening bike rides during hot summer nights are the best! The forest really draws away the heat. Gorgeous.
That said… while I was in full out suffer-mode, I decided to get up and do something to pass the heat time away in the much cooler garage.
Every so often, I gut the garage workshop in order to clean it. So this seemed like a good time to do that.
Because it always ends up looking like this.
WELL! This would be a big task indeed, so I did put it off until I knew we’d have a streak of nice weather. I imaged the worst… everything would be on the driveway for DAYS on end, much to the neighbour’s delight.
But as I started to dig in, I realized the scale of this task and that drastic stance to gitter all done wasn’t really necessary nor possible. Would have been nice, but since I didn’t have a week to do this right, small increments would have to suffice.
The first place I wanted to tackle was the work table and wood storage.
So…. here’s the red metal storage rack full of reclaimed wood seen in better days complete with a freshly painted wall.
Aren’t just painted walls the BEST?
My wood collecting has changed over time. I use to collect ANY kind of reclaimed wood I could get my hands on. However so much of it was just junk not good enough to build anything with, so it was the first to get piled up and hauled out.
EVERY piece got taken out of the metal storage rack, then all the stuff I hadn’t touched in the last year or knew I no longer held interest for went into the back of my truck.
My poor truck. It was so full I was concerned the tires would pop!
Which also highlighted another thing.
There is no way I COULD clean this up in a day. And if I had plunked everything on the driveway, it would have taken many days, causing more work.
Small increments was the key this round. It left me with the feeling of accomplishment, without leaving a big mess elsewhere.
It’s really the sorting that makes an overwhelming project work.
Things that went inside the house or on the curb were placed by the front door. The rest was tossed directly inside the truck canopy without hitting the driveway at all.
Kinda like throwing things in a garbage can…
You know the analogy of only touching paperwork once? (file it right away and you don’t need to touch it again)
Same with purging in this case.
Remember my red barn wood haul from my childhood farm? Now I can find it!
Gotta ditch stuff first.
And because there is NOTHING like a good before and after…
HERE is the workshop at its best. I hope to get it back there again, and perhaps even better!
Are you doing any cleaning this summer while the weather is good too? What are you working on?