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Gail R

Also, 50 years of stuff in garage qualifies as needing to seriously get rid of it. There is a great book that I downloaded called Scandinavian death cleaning. It's the lovely Marie Kondo idea but reality-based since we all die anyway. And it's where you get rid of all that stuff that you don't use now, you will never use, and you're only hanging onto it for guilty or not guilty various reasons. When you die, which last I heard we all do, you have now kept your children from having to schlep into your house & spend what could be a month or two trying to figure out what to do with stuff that you thought was so important. They won't be thrilled by leaving that Herculean task for them to do. They will still love you. But they're not going to be thrilled at this job .. and the best part is -- if you have something special that you love and you want a relative or friend to have it when you die, --- give it to them NOW... Enjoy the gift with them. Just a different way of looking at the reality of our stuff controlling us instead of us controlling our stuff... and not everything is 'valuable' stuff. If something is timely, useful and can be used to help others with less...do the donate route...Purge with a vengeance. . If it's something that is junk, you know where that belongs. Your family will love ❤️ and appreciate that you took care of them by getting rid of stuff. They really will...Peace and blessings. And you will feel terrific. You'll feel like a brand new person and live an extra 150 years. If ya wanna...

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hotscotgal

@celestina: I covet your garage!

@ Hildegard: In Minnesota, one’s insurance will only cover damage to a neighbor’s home from your fallen tree/branches if your own home was also damaged.


   
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Webado Webada

The only reason I'm not rushing to clean up the garage is that it's a big and dirty job. It's back-breaking and dirty and requires a lot of physical as well as mental effort. So it gets put off for later. Over and over. The mental effort is deciding what's what and what needs to stay and what needs to be gotten rid of. Every day I poke my head in the garage, take a visual inventory and give up in desperation.

I've only managed very little over the last month of attempts. Also it's not really a job that I can entrust to somebody else, they'd just dump everything with no though given to anything. Did that a couple of years ago with our 2 adult kids and had to put a stop to it because they were so trigger happy and took out much more than the actual useless junk. What was put back into the garage made it that much messier. Still it needs to get done. Properly. Before next winter.

   

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