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Old 01-19-2019, 05:20 PM
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Default Guys, are you tidying up? Lets start with the garage

Ive watched parts of the show thats on TV, with the Japanese hostess. in the one on clothes, you take all the clothes you own and put them in a pile then throw out the least loved ones. except that your wife wll say keep them all, cause she paid good money for that shirt (even tho you never liked it and seldom wore it.
what do you do about your garage? stuff like
tools that are not used very often, like a biscuit cutter (for joints) or a router
Pieces of PVC pipe- costs $ to go buy more at hardware store
Garden tools
Lawnmower- did not see one in the short garage scene on the show
table saw
boat upholstery stored inside in the winter
mediumm size shop vac
christmas decorations in bags
plywood sheets for when mr hurricane visits
paint cans with residual paint for rooms inside the house
2 automobiles
2 bicycles
small honda generator
a well pump (mine is in the garage)
bin full of yard chemicals
bin full of oil, ,grease washer fluid for cars
and other junk in wall cabinets. bench mounted vise and drill press
electric water heater
divider drawers with many small items from a deceased relative stuff from 40s
pianting stuff rollers, tarps brushes

how do you tidy all this up?



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Old 01-19-2019, 05:28 PM
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Just went through this excercise, prior to watching any of that in Netflix.

Took at least 8 garbage bags of clothes to goodwill, and threw out at least two full size pickup beds full of junk.

And it still needs more...but man what a difference. If it hadn't been used or worn in a year, it went out. I'm trying to get down to the minimum amount of clothes necessary
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:31 PM
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Build another garage. Somehow my wife has claimed all of the closets in the house, set the decor (with flipping trinkets, which I hate) in the other rooms, and even wants decorations on the kitchen counter, when she doesn't cook. And has the never to expect to park her car in my one room (the garage). She's on notice that as soon as the youngest is out of daycare, a 2 1/2 bay garage that is going to be 100% mine is going in. It will house my project car, my truck, and my tools. Attached garage can have her car and bicycles. She isn't going to store anything in mine though. Laying down the law. Likely until she tries to cut me off.
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:41 PM
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When I retired over 2 years ago, I went though a huge clean out binge, clothes, basement, garage, and shed, looked at everything and asked, why am I saving this?, will I every use this?, do I need it? Amazing the amount of stuff I got rid of so I can start filling it up with more stuff.
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Old 01-19-2019, 06:48 PM
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Been cleaning out crap for the past couple weeks. Had a partial roll of starter strip roofing that's been sitting around (in the way) at least 5 years and tossed it literally about 5 days ago... and needed it today. #$@#$ ... how does that happen?! And to boot it was just the right amount so if I buy another roll, I'll have the same amount sitting there.....ready to be in the way again.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:03 PM
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My garage/shop gets purged every two years. If I haven't used it in 18 months, it goes. Exceptions made for expensive unique powertools.

Lengths of lumber/pvc/metal etc I maintain minimum size rules to keep from getting out of control.

Clothes, I have a 2' wide closet I built it myself on purpose that size. I love all the clothes I have. There aren't many in there.

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Build another garage. Somehow my wife has claimed all of the closets in the house, set the decor (with flipping trinkets, which I hate) in the other rooms, and even wants decorations on the kitchen counter, when she doesn't cook. And has the never to expect to park her car in my one room (the garage). She's on notice that as soon as the youngest is out of daycare, a 2 1/2 bay garage that is going to be 100% mine is going in. It will house my project car, my truck, and my tools. Attached garage can have her car and bicycles. She isn't going to store anything in mine though. Laying down the law. Likely until she tries to cut me off.
I built my wife a garden shed and told her my shop is 100% off limits to her crap without prior permission given. And believe it or not it works.
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I built my wife a garden shed and told her my shop is 100% off limits to her crap without prior permission given. And believe it or not it works.
pretty sure the detached garage should do the trick. I am planning to put an attic in it with a full stairwell, as our house has no attic storage at all. She’s welcome to use that. The ground floor will be mine though. Given you will have to go out of the house to get to it, and she’s not much on that, I don’t foresee it being an issue. I’m sure I will get some pushback regarding what my version of an appropriate sized garage is though. Not worried about tall doors or fitting in the boat, but do want space for working on my old car without moving crap around or being tight against a wall.
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Get rid of tools. Are you guys mad. You can never have to many tools, you just have to get a bigger shed.
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Our society has a huge sickness that's only getting worse by the day.....It's called "materialism" and it's literally drowning well over 75% of the population in foreign crap that's not only not needed, it employs millions upon millions of children all over the world to produce.
We now build larger houses to hold this garbage, and A/C storage warehouses are popping up everywhere to house this junk!

If you haven't touched it in 6 - 8 months pitch it...period! But, few if any can actually accomplish that task!

Good Luck!

Sorry for the rant! I've seen first-hand what building America's crap does to children around the world!
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Get rid of tools. Are you guys mad. You can never have to many tools, you just have to get a bigger shed.
^^^ this is a wise man
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I am doing this project now. I have a detached two car garage, lived here for 16 years. Never had a car in it. Have had a boat or two in there.

I am throwing a lot away. I have a large dumpster at my office so I fill my truck bed up, drive to office dump out. I have madea few trips. I have put stuff out at the curb and its gone in an hour.

Long term I plan to build out one side of the garage with storage on one side, built ins, bins, etc. And then a fishing area on the other side - tackle bench, rod storage, etc.

I never throw tools out.
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I tell myself to "Get Brutal" with throwing things away that I will probably never use. Keep in mind that you may have so much stuff that you can't find what you need anyway. Simplify.
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Oh yeah man. We got most of the extra out and it feels so much better. Two main things stick out for me. At the beginning I was looking for one of those fire starters and pulled everything out of a cabinet to the left of the stove. There were 9 aprons in there. 9! We don't even use aprons. They were Christmas gifts , fathers day presents etc. That was when I was like - man this has to change. A year or so later our house flooded which was an unwanted but natural purge.

We had to have the downstairs repainted and the contractor brought in his older brother to
paint it. He was in his 70's, really old school, and did an incredible job - never used border tape. I would get him lunch every day and we became friends. So there would be leftover material from other jobs at the house lying around and I figured I'd save the door frames, crown molding etc just in case I needed them later. He was adamant. Throw it out! he would say. You want your spaces to be empty and light. That was his big thing - keep your spaces empty and light. Seemed odd at the time, but I get it. Anyway, I'm never going back to having crap everywhere.
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Winter 2018 project. 100 or so hours work. 150 sq ft of drop from ceiling storage installed above the garage doors.
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It is pretty overwhelming, but life events are leading us to selling the Texas properties. I just got back to the Texas residence on New Years Day and I am amazed at how much "stuff" we have accumulated in this residence since 1994.

Even taking it apart in little chunks, it is daunting to get a longtime residence ready to put on the market.
"Celebrate All the Little Victories" is the motto I have on rewind in my head.
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Winter 2018 project. 100 or so hours work. 150 sq ft of drop from ceiling storage installed above the garage doors.
I was gonna compliment you on that amazing garage but I couldn't find a Yeti sticker anywhere on that fridge.


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Purge is good, I did it when I sold NJ. The garage was easy, Sandy put 40" of saltwater in the garage, most everything was trashed. I made a trip to the donation center with my Tahoe packed with winter clothes I'd never need again. Feels good when it''s done!
I always wanted a home with attached garage and nothing on the floor but our cars. So aside from one small bench, fridge and a chef freezer, it's close! Key is maintaining it (having a wife with OCD helps)
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I finally bit the bullet last year, I started looking at stuff through someone else’s eyes. It made it a lot easier to get rid of things I thought I’d need in the near future. Turns out I was wrong with a lot of it. Occasionally I’d need something a week after I’d tossed it,sold it or gave it away.
One way to make it easier was to ask myself what my wife would do with all this shit if I dropped dead tomorrow. The problem is this, none of it is junk, it’s just a lifetimes worth of collecting tools, sporting goods and other essentials. Not an easy task! I’m gonna start eBaying stuff again soon. I’m sitting on thousands of dollars worth of stuff that can easily be replaced if I need it.
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Winter 2018 project. 100 or so hours work. 150 sq ft of drop from ceiling storage installed above the garage doors.
You Suck. No really. You really do suck!
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