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I made a mess in the garage again.

Well, I wonder how many times I can write about cleaning out my garage? I wrote about cleaning my garage on May 29th, and even showed a photograph of the clean garage. My mother in law was here at the beginning of July and asked me when she saw the mess in the garage, “I thought you just cleaned out your garage?”  Which is a fair question. I did clean it out, but I filled it again with more boxes from the basement. Now I am on phase two of – Clean Out The Clutter. Or if you think of all of the things I own as a double layer chocolate cake. The last time I just scraped off the icing, now I am getting rid of the whole cake.

I am still working on making my life simpler. How much can I throw away?  I wrote yesterday about not wanted to live in the past, no “Rear-View Living“. Today I am working on getting rid of the objects that are keeping me there. Keeping me in the past. I have moved so many times, put my the life I have lived in boxes. Packed and unpacked.

I didn’t want to write today. I didn’t want to tell you that I made another mess.

I just wanted to move more stuff out of the basement into the garage.

 I could pretend that I am an organized person. I could pretend that my garage always looks clean and orderly. I could pretend that I am the kind of person that always puts her hammer away right after she uses it.  I could write about how there is no dust in my house. I could write that my children’s rooms are always neat and tidy. I could  tell you that my children only have one stuffed animal. But if I wrote those stories I would be lying. I don’t want to lie when I write.

Back to the basement. I have time for a few more trips to the garage before I go to bed.







About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Rebecca Ufford

    Please tell me that you aren’t throwing out the life-size versions of Batman and Jr. Asparagus! I know what you mean, Pamela. I’ve been on the same journey for the last 2 1/2 years. It’s such a challenge. I actually made some progress this week. It feels good. I’m trying to give myself realistic goals and breaking it down piece by piece, rather than being overwhelmed by the enormity of they encourage us all.

    • pamelahodges

      I will not be throwing away any super heroes. Do not fear, they are permanently in the Hodges family. Good job Bob, for facing the challenge of living with less. One step, or one box at a time. Bravo Ufford!

  • The picture of your garage made me blink, I saw the one you posted when it was all neat & tidy, oh my, I have been tossing things again, where does all this stuff come from???? Hope you find your hammer!!!!

    • pamelahodges

      I did find my hammer. I even put it away 🙂

  • I like to pretend that I’m organized and tidy. It doesn’t last very long, then I’m back to my nightmare of reality.

    • pamelahodges

      Maybe the nightmare of reality is more fun? As long as I can find my hammer I shouldn’t worry about the rest.

  • Oh – one more thing – is that a new header on your blog? I love it.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, that is a new header on my blog. It is an acrylic painting I did in 2010, called Clouds Over Pennsylvania. Thank you for letting me know you liked it. I am going to add a section on my blog for my paintings. I have so much fun painting.

  • Rinse, lather, repeat. I don’t really need to wash my hair twice but it feels good to massage my head under warm water and shampoo just makes my fingers move through my hair more easily. I don’t know why that came to my head but it is a scenario that reminds me of the fate of your garage – it is a great space to move things to, around, then sort, store or pitch. So I expect to see future photos – June 2013?

    • pamelahodges

      Oh dear, I hope it is sooner than that. I have to get the soap out of my eyes before then. At least by the end of October before it snows. I am aiming for one week from now, or at least before school starts. How is your garage?

  • This post made me smile. I’ve been working on boxes in my garage too! I put several boxes from school in the garage, moved them to the guest bedroom to force me to address them, shifted them to the dining room table when my daughter came to visit, and finally almost finished in advance of friends over for dinner this past week. I even dashed down to school this past week to deposit them in my classroom. I chatted with a few friends, but left quickly because I refuse to be drawn into the vortex until August.

  • All I know about cleaning is this: The first step in organization is getting rid of a LOT of stuff. Our garage is my husband’s area, and he reorganizes it frequently. The trouble is, he just re-boxes everything and leaves it all there. I don’t even look around when I go through the garage anymore. Argh! However, I have some areas of my own like that to work on. I love this quote: “not wanting to live in the past… Today I am working on getting rid of the objects that are keeping me there”

  • I belong to this messy garage, dusty house club too! I keep hoping that one of these days I really am going to change!

  • Elsie

    Sometimes you have to move stuff from one location to another to assess it properly. That is the process you are going through. It takes time to sort your life. Don’t fret over making a mess, just keep moving forward.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Elsie. I will keep moving forward, and I will keep the garage doors closed 🙂

  • “I don’t want to lie when I write.” Now that is a line of profound simplicity! Your garage looks better than mine–want to come to Atlanta and help me clean out mine?

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, actually I would. Just feed me sardines. How is your cleaning going?

  • I don’t know if I am brave enough to post a picture of my messy garage (if there were a contest for messiest garage between yours and mine, I would win, for sure). Thank goodness I don’t have a basement! I once knew a family who was so serious about living a simple and uncluttered life that their daughters did have only one baby doll- the oldest passed it down to the middle one who passed it down to the youngest. Their life was full- just not full of stuff.

    It is insightful to get rid of things that would keep us living in the past. The trick is to get rid of those while keeping those that tie us to our heritage and the ones that keep good memories alive.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Diane. I do want to keep the things I have that tie me to my heritage and keep the good memories alive.
      I do have over 100 copies of a funny face my daughter made in 1996. The photo store made a copy of the wrong picture for our Christmas Cards. I think I will just keep one copy.
      I would like to see a photograph of your garage:)

  • nancy

    I live with a neat garage person. I am not a neat garage person. I let him have his happy way with the garage and his office. I try to clean out, but I get too distracted by the old lesson plan, the poem, the picture…it is too hard on me to clean out, clear out. xo nanc

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, I am finding it hard as well. So many distractions. I think I may just embrace the messy person inside of me and quit trying to be neat. I just want to be able to find my hammer.

  • writekimwrite

    Pamela, the humanity and honesty of your writing always draws me in. Your cleaning the garage reminds me of life. It is a process. Ever onward!

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, life is a process. I am thankful for my life. Ever onward! I like that. Thank you Kim.