It’s Possible that Amelia Earhart is Somewhere in My Garage

If you can look at this picture without having a panic attack, then you are a much stronger person than me.  Or, perhaps I have not done a very good job of showing the depth and breadth of this unbelievable amount of stuff that we must painstakingly plow through if we ever want to see the floor of our garage again.

I should have put our bulldog in the picture and done a “Where’s Wonderbutt?” post.  Oh well.  I think there’s still plenty of time for that.

I think that I mentioned awhile ago that my mother-in-law was in the process of moving, and that we had been tasked with clearing her old apartment by the end of July.  This began as a methodical examination of each item, and subsequent determination of appropriate categorization: keep, throw, sell, or give away.

By the end of July, it became a frantic assembly line of wrapping fragile items in newspaper, throwing them in boxes, and writing, “Keep – For Now” on each lid.  We realized that we needed to consult with the entire team from Antiques Roadshow and probably a few history professors before we could make any decisions on half of these items.

Amongst the piles of Englebert Humperdinck albums and ornate boxes for delicate panties (that did not contain the advertised item – thank goodness) we have found paperwork tracing the family back to British barons and pocket watches that still tick despite their broken faces.  And, of course, we have a cannonball.

The initial idea was to have a garage sale.  But that’s going to be hard to do until we find our garage again.


Posted on August 4, 2012, in Humor and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Seriously? I had to work to make room for my Smart car in the garage last winter. When people walk past and the garage door is open, they always ask if I’m having a garage sale. Don’t I wish I was organized enough to have a garage sale!

  2. Where’s Wonderbutt is a great idea. Good luck with the garage!

  3. It looks like my office!

  4. As organized a person as I am I am constantly surrounded by things like the picture above, and it’s not just garages. Living rooms, bedrooms, etc. Good luck! If you need any help I love organizing.

    • Usually I am fairly good at deciding on what to pitch and what to keep, but there are a lot of things that fall into gray areas here. I’d hate to throw something away and find out on Storage Wars that I could have financed Dimples’ college education with it!

  5. it looks just like my daughters garage but not so cramped

  6. I cleaned out my pantry yesterday and thought THAT was bad. Thanks for making me feel better!

  7. Whenever I go to a garage sale I think to myself, “Yeah, it’s nice. But I have no place to put that garage.”

  8. That image of your garage made me weep. In laughter. Sorry about that. I’ve been there and the only thing I can say is…good luck. 🙂

  9. if it makes you feel better, our garage looks worse and we do not have a MIL that is moving. :o/ it’s just our crap. i hate it. there is a company that was featured on NPR the other day that will come in and go through all your stuff for you – and it’s for “older” people who are downsizing (possibly like your MIL). i think it’s even free because they make their money off of selling your crap. maybe there is something similar here in SA if you are not up to the task – but it sounds like you will be and that you will feel in control and powerful when you are done! ;o)

  10. It would make me have a panic attack if it was in my own garage… but not yours! 😉 Don’t do the massive garage sale, what if they are valuables!

  11. This has got to be driving you batty, given our mutual love of organizing…

  12. Looks like my house. Be happy it’s your garage.

  13. um, there is a problem here? 🙂

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