I finally completed the project of cleaning and rearranging the garage and once again have discovered that there are things to either sell, donate or throw away. Going through the file cabinet I also noticed that there is a ton of paperwork that I can scan and shred. The garage seems to be the catch all area of the the home where things end up that I don’t want in the house anymore or are placed before making a decision as to whether I want them to enter my home. After so much time it ended up becoming a real mess.
One of the changes I made was dedicating one plastic shelving unit to items I like to buy in bulk. Toilet paper, paper towels, dish detergent, soap, laundry detergent, tooth paste and so on. The only items that will go in this shelving unit are those that we actually use day in and day out. The one thing I like about this idea is that it takes the guess work out of shopping for these items. I would rather shop for a few hundred rolls of toilet paper several times a year rather than just a few every weekend.
I have been able to get all of my tools into a central location and moved the rest of the garden tools out to the shed in the yard. A place for everything and everything in it’s place.
The one thing that inspired me to clean it up and make some changes was that I wanted it to feel more like a gym. I was able to move things around but in essence it still feels like a garage. The one single thing I distaste most about the garage is that I have to keep a large recycling can, garbage can garden debris can and glass recycling bucket in it. As I live in one of the center units of a townhouse complex I don’t have access to the yard from the outside. We are not allowed to keep these buckets out front and the only other place for them is in the garage. They take up a lot of space and can tend to give off foul odors at times. I call it a design flaw when these buildings were developed.
The whole thing about the garage is that just when you think you have downsized to a comfortable level it is easy to start saving crap again and if you are not careful can quickly end up with a mess. Minimizing never ends.
The garage is my dumping grounds but I know other’s who use an attack, basement or even an extra room in there house. We all have an area like this, but I believe that with a little more discipline I can start learning that I don’t want to spend days cleaning and going through stuff. I have to quickly make the distinction between the things I want to keep and the things that must go and act on them. A home with less is a home with more and that includes these dumping area’s.
I still have a lot of work to do like once again going through all my tools and making a decision to only keep the one’s I actually use. I did this once before and ended up keeping a great many that I thought I may use one day. That one day still has not arrived and I think it is time for them to go. I still have items laying around with question marks on them and have lost been forgotten. They too need to go. Yes, it is true. The Minimalist game never ends.