What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Merry Christmas Darling, Happy New Year too.

Welcome to our garage. The heinously messy, most oppressively UN-feng shui zone we have. Our home lacks an attic and our basement is used for living, so the only area for storage we have is the garage (and a horrendously revolting looking wall in the basement that we daily try to ignore...) The garage, however, not only needs to be used for storage-it is my laundry room, Matt's workshop (projects like THE DOLLHOUSE need room to grow, after all), patio furniture storage and his barn-clothes changing station. Oh yeah. He doesn't only work with wood and has all the equiptment for that, but there are also the beer-making, cider-pressing and buck-skinnin' supplies he needs to find space for.

The garage has been overwhelming for quite a long time now and lets just say, a thorn THIS size has mutilated our sides by now.

Ever have a project you know NEEDS to get done, but the size of the task is so monumental and your time is SO limited you find yourself exhausted before you even begin?! Yep. That was Matt-and this garage. Not to mention him working his typical 12 hour work day and coming home-the LAST thing he wanted to do was wrestle THIS bull by the horns.

Yesterday I thought it would be a wonderful surprise to do it all for him. A sort of belated Christmas present. I knew by doing so, I would lift a HUGE burden off of his shoulders and that was enough to convince me. Once I get an idea in my head, it is hard to slow me down-so it took a good 4 1/2-5 hours, but once I began I couldn't stop. Anticipating his reaction kept me going (and giddy with excitement myself!)

I know these aren't the most photogenic pictures. Nor are they of an interesting subject, after all...who likes looking at pictures of landfills?!?

But I am very proud of myself for tackling such a HUGE project for my hubby. Just had to write it down for posterities' sake. Don't say I never did anything for you Mattie! ;-)

Wow. Look at the mess of J*U*N*K. Yowza. Just looking at it made me want to back down.

Rubbermaid bins galore. Lots of boxes of stuff for Salvation army. This was AFTER I made a Salvation army run and dropped off a carful of boxes and bags.

Little bunny trails to the door.

Ugh. I hate our garage. But its worse where there isn't any, am I right or am I right?!?
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Martie said...

How sweet of you to do this for your hubbie!
Looks like you stayed busy.


Heather K said...

incredible!! wow...that's a huge job...I need to do that to our basement! Matt must have been soooo happy that you did it for him. :D

amber said...

loved catching up here...

the garage looks great! want to come do mine? :) and the dollhouse in one of the post below is absolutely awesome!!

happy new year! :)

amber said...

amber is Hutch5 from xanga - just so ya know. :)

Mom2fur said...

There's something about this time of year that makes us want to organize. I'm redoing my office. The kids and I gave my husband one of those multi-drawed tool cabinets for Christmas, so he'll be tackling the garage soon--with all our help! So don't feel bad...unless someone is lucky enough to be featured on one of those home organization shows, nobody's garage is their favorite spot!
Good luck with your project!

Gena said...

What a great job you did! I, too, have a love/hate relationship with our garage. I love it when I can actually get my van into it and I hate it when I can't. So... the day after Christmas, I took the trashcans in there and went to work. I am now parking in my garage and it is in order (somewhat) for the time being.

I'm sure Matt loved his surprise. I can't believe he gets dressed in there - it must be freezing! I live south of Atlanta and our garage is awfully cold to me!

abigail said...

Yeah, it'd be great to have some storage, but this reminds me that there is a downside! :) You did a fine job pickin' up!