Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fresh And Clean

Who knew that being between jobs could be so satisfying?

It's only been a couple of days since I've been pink slipped, but I've been busy. Yesterday I went to the gym, cut the grass, then used the clippings (along with a layer of newspaper) to mulch the garden. I also did some cooking and baking.  I was really tired when I went to bed.

When I woke up today I decided to pass on the gym. Instead, I spruced up two metal shelves in the garage that were overdue for a cleaning.  This is what they looked like before I started:

and after my work:

Much better, don't you think?

I took everything off the shelves and made piles of things to donate, recycle, and dispose of.  When I was finished the garage floor had things strewed from one side to the other.  The next step was to wash years worth of crud off the shelves. After they were dry I started putting things back on, grouping them by category.

After lunch I started getting rid of the discards. I dropped off dozens of plastic pots at a garden center for recycling, and took two boxes of things at Goodwill.  The auto repair shop we use will properly dispose of the half-used bottles and jugs of car fluids that are getting tossed, so I'll take those with me next time I'm headed in that direction.

Even though the shelves look better, there's still work to be done.  There are several things I put back that will ultimately find a new home somewhere else, but after several hours of work I was tired!  There's also some garden chemicals that need to be disposed of properly; they went back on the shelf until I find out where to take them.


  1. I love little projects like this! So satisfying!

  2. wonderful job on those shelves, Kathy! You have been busy.

  3. Wow, you're working harder than when you worked! lol Fantastic job on the shelves...please pass some of your energies this way.

  4. I love Before and After photos. You did a great job. Everything looks neat and wonderful!