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Summer Cleaning Forward Ho!

I was torn. On the one hand, I was looking forward to finally getting this done. But on the other hand…yuck!

I’m cleaning out the garage.

Our garage has been in a sad state for longer than I care to tell you. It’s embarrassing and frankly there’s been no excuse for first, it becoming like that and second, for us letting it go.

So yesterday we took the plunge. If there is any good in this dry spell we’ve been having, its that we could lay out all the, let’s face it, crap we pulled from the garage on to the driveway and really see what was there to toss or keep. Hopefully there would be more tossing than keeping!

This May marked two years in this house and some of the goodies we were finding haven’t been touched or thought of since then. That definately made it all the easier to throw things away, but certainly made us aware of our rat-pack tendencies and thoughtless consumerism. You wouldn’t think a clean-out would make you philosophical, but there you are. Sorting through your personal possessions and deciding what to throw away can be a life-evaluating experience. And quite liberating as well!!


Most any de-cluttering project can mean a lot of work, but rewarding in the end. Lightening our load at any time and in any small way can have a relieving affect on our busy, hectic and cluttered lives. Taking the philosophy of the Tumbleweed Tiny House designer, Jay Shafer, scaling back on owning ”things” and reducing living space brings into focus the things that do matter. Each person can find out for themselves what those are.

So who knew that a clean garage could give one a re-newed life perspective? I certainly wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary, but life is still full of surprises.

How wonderful!


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