That is it. We are done. The past 18 months has been hard on the entire family and the house. The basics around the house were done, but much was left undone. The house was surface clean, but nothing was really gone through, sorted, purged, or organized. NOTHING! I think every piece of paper, catalog, bill, and junk mail that entered the house is still somewhere in the house, garage or basement.
Thursday I went to find my mop in the garage and could not even walk out the door. I would tell one of the children to go put something in the garage. They must have stood at the door and pitched it. I picture them standing there yelling “INCOMING!!!!” it ws thrown. I noticed they would place one overloaded box on top of another box and the bottom box would collapse, everything on it and in it ended up on the floor, onto which more things were thrown. The garage looked like a bomb had detonated out there. Box stacked up on caving in box, empty boxes piled to the ceiling, paper strewn everywhere, cleaning supplies dripping their contents all over the floor and onto the papers. One good match and the house would have been history.
A dungeon. A disaster zone. A hard hat area. A fire zone. If anyone had seen it I am sure it would have been condemned. Wee decided to do a Clean Sweep of the garage.
Friday morning, Richard and the children started by taking EVERYTHING out of the garage. It was placed on the driveway. We went through each large item and made a decision about it. Many things were tossed, others were put in the donate pile and just a few were kept. We were ruthless. Then we moved onto the smaller items and boxes. Similar decision were made for each item, piece of paper, and “momento” we touched.
During the process we discovered we had a mouse issue, so many things were placed in the trash just because of those little rodents. Finding a nest in a box of papers or books makes the decision easy — TRASH! Those items we are keeping have been catalogued and put into bins or boxes so we can easily find them in the future. Not to mention, if we don’t use them in a year, they just might be donated.
We worked steadily all through the morning and early afternoon. As the day went on we got started to tire out. We called it a day around 5 PM. Since rain was a possibility overnight, we put everything, including the trash, back into the garage for storage.
First thing Saturday morning, Richard and Douglas loaded up the van and made a dump run. It was a very full van! Once they returned, we started going through the remaining boxes and baskets. There were still so many of them. We continued to trash, donate or keep each item. We continued to catalog the kept items. Once again around 5PM we called it quits. Right now I still have 10 bins of paper to go through. My goal is to go through a box a day for the next 10 days to get it all done. Then we can say the garage is no longer a disaster area waiting to be condemned. Well actually you can say it now, but it sounds better that way.
This has led to a lets get the whole house done train of thought. The Great House Organization Project has officially begun. We will be focusing on one area or room until everything in it has been sorted, purged, or donated. Then we will clean the room top to bottom and put the remaining items back into the room in an organized, well thought out plan. Well that is the ideal we are shooting to reach anyway.
We are on a homeschooling break for the next three weeks, so I have come up with a schedule that will get the entire house done by July 5th. Some rooms will take a day, some will take a couple of days, one or two will take three days because of size or mess.
I am not planning on pushing myself or the family to the point of aggravation or exhaustion. We are going to work steady, finish up by 5 PM and have a fun family evening. I have planned dinners that are all 30 minute one-pot meals or crockpot favorites.
Anyone else care to join in The Great House Organization Project?
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome