{a day in the life}...

the day we finally cleaned out our garage. 

we've been putting it off for far too long. it had to be done. and it had to be done while our temps are in the 60's and not in the 100s. which isn't far off. damn desert living.

this was the state of chaos our garage was in before. i mean, it wasn't incredibly horrible - some unpacked boxes that have been in there since we moved in 11 years ago {clearly there was nothing we couldn't live without in those boxes} & random crap strewn about - but it had "hoarders" potential, so i figured we should nip it.   

 the man's work bench. {hey! are those my sneakers?!} 
it's not surprising he can never find a tool when he needs it. 
especially since the majority of his tools are shoved in buckets. placed randomly throughout the garage. and inside the house. 
it's the reason why we have 26165473 hammers. 
because it's easier to just go buy one than to try and find one. naturally.

i found a box of stuff i had stashed away for my first kid and look what was in it - my MOST FAVORITE childhood teddy bear! her name is "biscuit"she was a birthday gift from someone... i can't remember who, but i've had her since i was 5 yrs old. 
wow. she looks GREAT for her age, don't you think? 

BINKIES! my first kid was a TOTAL binky baby. she always had one in her mouth and one in each hand {note to self: find & scrap those pics}. those two stuck to the top of the box were her favorite ones. uh... i'm guessing it's probably about time i let those go considering the condition they're in. ew.

i also found a box of "collectibles" - some 80's barbie dolls given to us by an aunt {omg it's malibu barbie & skipper!} and a BUTTLOAD of mcdonald's promotional beanie babies still in their packages. 
i wonder if they're worth anything?
there's one teeny vintage doll that sort of creeps me out, as most dolls do. and a couple of 1966 nekkid barbies. at least the back of their heads are stamped 1966, but after reading this article, i'm thinking they're also 80's. at any rate, they look a hot mess.
*WARNING - if you are offended by gratuitous nudity - LOOK AWAY!*

in one of the unpacked boxes marked "home decor" {which has me seriously questioning my taste and sense of style}, i found a wall hanging from india. 
yep. actually purchased IN INDIA by my husband when he was there on a business trip awhile back. 
isn't it lovely {she says sarcastly}?
he thought so. he really did. so much that it HAD TO be hung above our waterbed. yes, a waterbed. don't pretend like you've never owned one. 
anyway, the day i got to take this beauty down and pack it away was one of the best days EVER. i think subconsciously it's the reason why i wasn't in hurry to unpack that particular box. {SORRY, HONEY!}
don't get me wrong, it was appreciated. 
and it really is a quite lovely piece of fabric with beautiful vivid colors and well, you can't see them in this picture, but alot of shiny sequins. 
it's just something that will NOT be going back up anytime soon or something that can be ripped apart. and i'd hate for it to be packed away for another 11 years so... i'm GIVING IT AWAY! 
yep. i don't know that anyone would be interested, but if you are or know someone who might appreciate this, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email! i'm not even kidding. 

wanna see the "after"?

i know it sorta looks the same as the "before", but trust me... it's not. we dumped a lot of crap. and there's still some work to be done in there, but now everything has a place. and i have a sense of... peace? sanity? lightness? something. you know that feeling when you de-clutter. it truly does wonders.

don't forget... if you're in need of an authentic indian wall hanging {because who isn't?}, leave a comment :)

happy wednesday!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ok..I am giggling... cuz we are getting ready for a big yard sale this weekend... and guess what I found?? A bunch of McDonald's beanie babies!! LOL!!! Loving the after...and ummmmmmmmm the naked barbies reminds me I got to give Brookie a bath...and she has a hundred of them in there! LOL!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

PS... will ask a few friends about the painting! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Marie aka bettiescrapbook said...

Ok one I DO NOT want your authentic india art. Sorry. two I really need to do the same thing to my garage. I have junk that needs to be thrown away. Hot mess. Three who hasnt seen a naked barbie? I mean mine rarely wore clothes lol! Good job on the clean up!

Anonymous said...

I love that wall hanging, I die. I have 4567 boxes in storage, so I'm nervous what our garage will look like when we finally get it all out...

Erin said...

So, the McDonald's beanie babies must be a popular thing for people to hoard. Shawn just uncovered a box full of them while starting his clean and get rid of stuff purge so his office can be re-purposed for more important things. I'm pretty sure he's got you beat with the hoarding however. Both his office, his closet, our garage and his "functional" work desk (which sits between the kitchen and living room)is full of CRAP! Oh and the tool thing....ugh. Happens here too. Harbor freight gets a lot of business from our house. BTW, I NEVER owned a waterbed. Ick. And, shut your mouth about 100 degree temps.
PS I DO NOT need that lovely Indian art of yours. I've got enough junk, I mean art, of the hubs to get rid of around here.

Deanna said...

I WANT THAT AWESOME PIECE OF INDIAN. not even kidding. what does a girl hafta do to get a piece like that? heh. xo

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