beginning garage organizing.
For the past 9 weeks I've been helping a friend de-junk and reclaim her home for three mornings a week. It's been going very well since we have been slowly moving through the home, and she has been able to maintain the spaces.
We've hit a snag, where we really need some staging space and the garage seems most logical to me. They haven't parked in the garage for years, but looking at pics of other homes, it's really not that bad.
You have to remember we are in the dead of winter here, so just opening the garage door and loading up thrift store stuff is a bit daunting. Just hauling out a couple of large bags every day didn't seem too bad.
I was thinking it might be easier to try and claim three corners. One trash, one give away and one for "we need it and will get to it."
The trash can go out in 3 large bags weekly, except some items are going to be big enough they will need to be hauled to the dump. The give away stuff is now starting to get large items like a table. We aren't ready to add on the stress of dealing with Freecycle right now since my friend runs a business and has three small kids. Trying to link up with that can be frustrating, so we'd rather call a pick up service for a thrift shop.
I think it's causing her some anxiety that we would actually be working out there without the same type of focus we have used in the house, which had been a dramatic throw it away or give it away approach. But now with things like old TV's and computers we need some time to deal with them and yet get them out of the prime living space.
I think we can stage in this garage for the next two month and then when we get a bit of warm weather get the necessary stuff out and start organizing the keeper stuff.
Am I missing something in my approach? Should we just do the garge organzation and then deal with the leftover items in the house? If we do that, it means a committment of hauling a van full to the thrift store everyday, rather than being able to call for a pick up.