Monday, February 19, 2007

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk?

In honor of President's Day, I would like to make this post as patriotic as possible. . .

Thank you Fergie for asking everyone the question, "Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside your [GARAGE]?" Does anybody else feel like they move one pile of mess from one place to another place only then to have to re-move the mess from it's new spot to another place? I feel like I spend a lot of my time re-moving our stuff. And what is it? Stuff. Random, gotta have it, love to have it on hand, might need it one day, but never really use it often enough STUFF! Nothing says holiday like cleaning out the garage and mine is a thorn in my side. I hate walking though it, we can't park any of our gigantic cars in it, and it's always full of our re-moved piles of stuff. When I drive through my neighborhood I have garage envy of the garages that are pristine without anything except the cars and maybe a few shelves with some storage containers. That's what I aspire to, neat, clean, simple. UGH! But . . . we have all this stuff. Bins upon bins of decorations, Christmas tree boxes, box springs and frames for two beds, an extra fridge, an extra freezer, an eliptical machine (that we use oh-so often), camping crap (I mean gems), school junk (because after I've kept it this long I might as well keep it until I teach again), bikes, sports stuff, gift bags, AND MORE! Oh, I didn't even mention the bins of outgrown clothes and the tools. I am so close to calling a shelving company to come over and splurge and build me some nice shelcing unit that fits our needs. And don't even get me started on all stuff we have INSIDE the house that I move from place to place.

So, what does this have to do with America? It's the blessing and right (and pent-up generations of horders from the Depression era?) of all Americans to have it all. It's in our blood to shop at Target for one thing and bring home seven. We have a predisposition to fill up any open space that we have (think how wide open the wild wild west once was!) and then we get to complain about it on random open forums on the internet. Maybe that's a stretch for a patriotic post, but I can't help but think there are other Americans out there who, on this President's Day, are sick and tired of spending their holidays moving and re-moving their piles of junk!

I will have to write more about the weekend later, and even try hooking up some pictures, but I'm off to make dinner for the fam. First, however, I probably have to re-move the junk that has accumulated on our counters throughout the day . . .SIGH.


Nan said...

I WISH I could park in my garage!! I feel for you girlie. Travis actually did build some pretty dope industrial shelves but after we filled them (completely), everything just got piled on the garage floor. My garage is mostly full of construction stuff, due to my dear husband:) There is also a 4-wheeler, camping stuff, hunting stuff, tools...come to think of it, very little of the stuff (on the floor) out there is mine. I think I need to have a heart to heart with my hubby. ps. I LOVED SEEING YOU & CHATTING!! Hands down, highlight of my year so far! (besides finding out I'm pregnant of course...oops...haha)

Beth said...

There must have been something in the air, because yesterday I woke up and before I even left the bedroom, was straightening and clearing out stuff. I cleaned out my nightstand, which was a wonderful, theraputic experience, badly needed. Next, I moved on to the kitchen. I decided to clear off the kitchen counter. To do that, I had to make room in the "below" cupboards. To do that, I removed some large Pampered Chef pieces I hardly ever use, but don't want to get rid of, that will relocate out to the garage. Then, I cleared out some unused/needed tupperware. Long story, but my food processor now has a home below deck and the toaster oven is going to D.I. Makes lots of room for the darling canister set I found at Home Goods that's going to be darling! Then, later, in hopes that I could relocate the numerous greeting card collection I have to the hall cupboard, I cleaned it out. I found some photos from my trip to Louisiana in 1995 that STILL need to be albumed. I was able to clear out SEVERAL candles, both large and small and a few sundry items. I put everything back in a very nice, neat way, including the 13 DVDs that had found a semi permanant residence in our TV niche. Sadly, though, short of throwing away other peoples stuff, there's not room to put the card collection. Hmm...maybe I need to attack the bottom hall cupboard. But, I'm on a roll. I don't know what's going on, but I'm feeling a need to eliminate what's not vital. Hard to do when you live with a certified, though very neat about it, pack rat.

February 20, 2007 2:37 PM