Got a bunch of scrap metal that you would normally be throwing away? If you live in the Ithaca area, give me a holler… I have an amazing scrap metal guy (fondly referred to as my “Junk Guy”) that will take anything and everything that you have to offer, from nuts and bolts, to chain link fence, to old wiring… anything! We will get it taken care of for you!
Remember: Things that you don’t even think of can be recycled! Plastic, paper, glass, metal, electronics… the list goes on and on! I even posted an old couch on Craigslist for free and had some volunteers from the local fire department come to pick it up to use as practice putting out fires! Who would have thought??
Now, we need to Make A Deadline! I say, by the end of this weekend, we either save, toss, donate, or recycle anything and everything in the garage that needs to be taken care of! Once you have things that you know you want to keep, put those plastic bins to good use! Separate and categorise things, label them, and box them up!
Whatever is left in the garage can be easily categorised. Tools, toys, crafts… whatever one stores in their garage. In one of my Consultant Mom’s case, most any tools and wood goes into her husband’s wood shop / guy area. That makes it easier to straighten out the garage because it is less clutter! Got projects that have sat there unfinished for years? Either finish them, or get rid of them! Easy peasy!
I put my own guidelines to the test once again. When I went out into my own garage… what a mess! In addition to what I mentioned having gotten rid of last week, I also got rid of a box full of car fluids that my Junk Guy could use, and he is coming back for some wood scraps. I have two old chairs that I need to dispose of. These, however, have very unique frames. Therefore I am going to save what pieces of the wood frames I can salvage for future projects, and try to break the rest down to go to the dump. I also have some shutters that will be part of another project to make the garage area look nicer for both myself, and my neighbors!
There was also an unusual amount of hazardous liquids. Some had to go back in the garage for the time being because it has been rather rainy this past week. I will make a point to take them to the recycling center. The next hazardous waste disposal day in Tompkins County is May 19th, 2012. Remember: You have to sign up in advance!
After everything is sorted, recycled, and disposed of, if you had to buy shelving then you can put all your nice, freshly labeled totes or boxes on your shelving. Who knows? You may even have room for… oh, I don’t know… a car!
And finally, let’s take a moment to Celebrate! I took some wooden shelves that I had in the garage and took them out to sand down. When the weather gets nicer, I will be painting them! It is very therapeutic! What will you do? I think that while you are celebrating, maybe you should fess up to any more dirty little secrets that you have. Don’t think I don’t know about…
Next week: Your Secret Storage Unit!