Now if you think of a squirrel, what comes to mind is a small cute rodent with a furry tail. Leaping from one tree to another and nibbling on acorns. Besides being those cute little creatures, squirrels are savers, hoarders and stashes. They stock up for the future and they have back up plans.
Well it seems as if my family has been transformed into squirrels.
Recently we’ve been busy with renovations and also extended our garage. So last week we decided to organise our garage.
A sight for sore eyes to put it bluntly. Seeing all the stuff was overwhelming. Have we gone completely nuts? How can four people accumulate so much stuff?
Although I do believe that accumulating these things were not intentional. We not obsessive hoarders and collectors, like you see on those TV shows. Storing these items was for future use.
Hence my referral to squirrel-like behaviour.
Stacked on one shelf are four bales of toilet paper. I mean there is just no way we taking a chance of running out as that will be a disaster of note. So we buy in bulk and stock up.
Crates of bottled water stashed on the floor. Living in drought stricken Cape Town; this is essential at the moment. Resulting in us stocking up all the time on water as we are planning for Day Zero.
Stocking up on cleaning detergents; because we OCD like that. Scaling down cleaning amidst the water crisis has been somewhat of an adjustment. These products are basically just taking up shelf space at the moment.
Dog food and dog biscuits are stored in a cool-dry section of the garage. We buy quality dog food which is generally expensive so stocking up on this when it is on sale is a must.
Accumulating the girls’ artwork, pottery, magazines and research articles from when I was still busy with my Masters. Not forgetting telephone directories dating back to 2009. I mean who still uses telephone directories and why are we hanging on to this.
These all formed part of the clutter that took up space.
Stashed in the garage are camping and sports equipment, bicycles, paint, chemicals, tools, gardening supplies and equipment. Which, I think belongs there but it was just all over the place.
Unused furniture items, a carseat, high chair, a wetsuit and a whole lot of other junk made its appearance.
Generally a garage is the most common storage place for all sorts of things. Storing these items for future use was the intended plan but it seems as if we completely forgot that it was there. Like the saying goes out of sight, out of mind.
The girls and I have a much stronger tendency to save and accumulate things than my husband. If it was up to him, he would just chuck most of it.
Organising or at least trying to organise your garage is not the most glamorous of jobs. Believe me it is a mission and so time consuming.
Realising of course that all would not be complete within one weekend. We’ve set time aside to tackle sections of the garage. We taking it in our stride.
We recycled the papers. Some items were sold, some were donated and others were trashed.
We are making progress but it will take a couple of weeks for everything to be organised.
Letting go of certain things is not always easy. Some things hold a sentimental value. Looking at belongings and deciding to stash or trash will be difficult but that is the only way we will eliminate the clutter.
As a family, we agreed that if we decide to keep something, we need to get rid of something else to make space for that particular item. It needs to be within sight so that it can be used.
For now, the big clean out continues.
Do you have some great ideas on how to organise a garage, or do you also find yours being a bit disorganised? I’d love to hear about it in the comments so please share!