I learned a few years back when helping my parents in the beginning stages of their downsizing, when they sold our childhood home and moved to a house more suited to their size, how unfortunate it is to keep things “just because” or “maybe someone might want it one day.” And then now currently seeing the process of downsizing John on the Loaring side, and the stress and time commitment involved; it’s a big learning lesson for everyone.
I’ve been teaching our girls that it’s okay (and actually very important) to get rid of things we no longer use or that no longer fit us; that these things will go to families who will use them and who very much need them; and it’s okay to throw things away that are broken or in pieces. We do this every 2-3 months throughout the house. The stress relief this gives me, knowing that one day we won’t have a massive undertaking to rid our house of things we were keeping “just in case,” or “we’ll deal with later.” We have a tidier and more organized home because of it.
It’s taken a few years, but James is now so much more open to this “purging” process us BJAMS do.
This garage reno has been a long-time coming and James finally bit the bullet and forged ahead with it. It was A LOT of work, but the finished product, and the sorting, and the organizing is the payoff in itself!
These is the closest I could get to a before shot… (I forgot to get one… our garage was a jungle…!)
This shot is post-clear out, and pre-epoxy flooring
And… the final product!
And this is what it looks like today. Still some organizing to do, but what a difference! (soon to come will be a big metal hurdler placed above the steel cabinets on the red wall!)
Clean hanging wall