Having accepted a new job in California, Deanna’s new employer hired a corporate relocation company for their move across the country. Needing professional organization to help with part of their preparation, that company hired De-clutter Me! Planning a return to Vermont in several years, they had found someone to rent the house in the meantime.
Our job – to clean up the garage, a task Deanna and Wayne admittedly had avoided for years. We started in one corner, and worked our way around the room. We separated items for the trash, to be donated, and given away.
When done, they seemed a bit surprised by the fast transformation of their garage. Smiling, they were pleased, too.
Patricia asked me to help in her garage. Arriving on a fall day, she apologized for its messy condition. Hardly! It wasn’t bad at all. Our tasks – to neaten up along its two side walls, and to empty shelves along its back wall. She had ordered replacement custom, enclosed cabinets to house a variety of items. Along the way, of course, we would de-clutter and better organize.
Since she was slowly recovering from pneumonia, by agreement, I would do the bulk of the work, so that she could protect her energy level. It took more than one session, but we got it done!
During our last session, Nina and I had forced ourselves downstairs into the basement on a perfect, warm and cloudless afternoon. Our next two sessions, devoted to the garage, were rainy. That’s not fair! When I walked in for the first of the two, we whined to each other, laughed, got over it, then went outside.
Our strategy was to work around the garage; that is, starting in one corner, and working our way around it. We started at the tops of shelves, working our way down. We devoted an area to camping gear, another to sporting goods, somewhat arranged by season. Lumber that had been been standing vertically was stacked horizontally. Another area was for her husband’s tools.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” We put items needing to be rinsed, like plastic sleds and watering cans, outside in the rain. Though the two afternoons were rainy, they weren’t cold. And, we didn’t get hot!
At the end, Nina was smiling, and said that she was grateful to approach winter with a de-cluttered, organized garage.