Monday, October 23, 2006

No Time For Knitting

I'm trying to get myself organized so I haven't been blogging or doing much knitting. My apologies!

I spent the last three days getting organized. Friday I got all my summer clothes put away and hauled all the winter stuff out. My sweaters! I love my sweaters! This will be good news for all of us here in Minnesota who have been dealing with an early cold snap. Taking out all my warm clothing will certainly bring the mercury back to the 70's soon. It has been in the 30's and 40's most of the last couple weeks and the sun has been a no-show. This is too early for cold, even here on the frozen tundra and it's making people crabby. If it doesn't warm up again here soon, expect a February of crankiness and possible road rage. Of course road rage here consists primarily of rude gestures, but still. . .

This weekend was spent cleaning our garage. I know that there are men out there who take a great deal of pride in a perfect garage. My husband is not one of them. Our garage has been an absolute wreck for two years. I've left it to him to do whatever cleaning or organizing there is to do. He is generally very organized. So much so that at one point when he was laid off, he reorganized my cupboards, drawers and the credit cards in my purse. This lead to a heartful (and loud) discussion of when a man should go rummaging in his wife's purse (NEVER). Anyway, I pitched in and helped this time out. I found some interesting stuff:

  1. Jack stands. We have never once, no matter how strapped for cash, worked on our own cars. Never. Now that he has a hybrid, my husband can't even get his oil changed anyplace but the dealership. When I lobbied for donating said jack stands to charity I was turned down.
  2. Four 5 gallon buckets of floor adhesive, primer, etc. from when the house was built 7 years ago.
  3. Five big, giant tubs of fabric and pillow forms from when I used to sew all the time.
  4. My antique, mahogany, Georgian drop leaf table. Yikes!
  5. A bucket of pieces of brick?

Why we were holding on to this stuff I'll never know. Thank goodness for dumpster service. In the end, I can actually drive my car into the garage and leave it there all night. I can get out of the car and walk in the side door without climbing over things too! Next week after the last of the stuff has been hauled to charity, we will be able to fit both cars in the garage. I know that many of you do this every day, but in our household, this is a major accomplishment!

8 comments:

Sheepish Annie said...

I keep saying I'm gonna get myself all organized. But it is more interesting to talk about it than to actually do it. I live in squalor...

Nice work getting the garage taken care of!

Chris said...

Shit, you have a garage?! ;)

Guinifer said...

Congratulations on a clean garage! I refuse to touch ours. Luckily my husband does clean once or twice a year.

Deb said...

I'm not even allowed in the garage - except to leave the car - an then run with my eyes closed into the house! However, the same goes for him with the yarn room!!

Knittymama said...

Oh, I hate this time of year. Between the seasons and two growing boys, I have opened Rubbermaid containers all over the house right now. I just want all the clothes put away!

mehitabel said...

I have single-handedly caused a nasty heat wave here in SoCal, just by turning on my heater once--ONCE!!--to take the chill off the house. Now I'm afraid it will never cool off again...My garage was all nicely cleaned and organized last year, but it seems to have slipped back into its chaotic state. Sigh...

Sydney said...

Our garage is filled with Rick's woodworking stuff. We're pretty lucky if we can both get our cars in the garage.

I refuse to switch out clothes until the weather decides what it's going to do.

Ellen said...

Have you tried the Twin Cities Freecycle group on Yahoo? I get a real kick out of seeing what people have to donate and what people WANT to pick up. I get rid of a lot of outgrown kid clothes, toys etc. that way. Now, if I could only get my husband to get rid of the OLD tablesaw now that he bought the NEW tablesaw. Like he needs a backup? And what about that extra car engine I found in the garage overhead the other day? How did that get there? I need to introduce Mr. Husband to Mr. Clean. Good luck on your fall clean-out!