After a few false starts, I finally got the attached garage clean enough to install the overhead hanging racks I purchased back in December. I tried to install them myself but found quickly that it is a two-person job and it is best if the other person is someone who is very good at installing things in a straight line. Even so, my handyman, Mark made a goof or two (quickly resolved) that vindicated me that this isn't the easiest thing to do.
The thing about these racks is you can either put a lot of light stuff or a few heavy items on them. Each rack can hold 500 lbs. Optimally, you want to put things you don't need to get to very often, like the Christmas tree. I could put a couple more things on these shelves, but for the most part, that's about all I can do for now. There are some plastic crates that need to go away, some stuff for goodwill, and a Farm Table that no one in the family needs but we are not allowed to get rid of for sentimental reasons.
I've been working on clearing a lot of the clutter as well. I have this box called Memory Vault. it contains a crapload of stuff from my early Emo years. I wish I had the good sense to just chuck it but I have to look through it first. I've already thrown out my Jr High memorabilia. that wasn't a good time for me and most of the people I knew then had no redeeming values. I also chucked most of my Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity stuff.
Now I'm in the process of scanning a lot of documents that I haven't looked at in years so they can live, unread, in electronic format.
Take this photo. I'm connected to about 20 of these people on Facebook (not including the ones I deliberately defriended over politics) but only interact with 3-4 per year. I didn't do a stellar job of staying in touch in the pre-internet days, but keeping in touch is a two-way street and they certainly didn't do much either. And that's okay. Not every friendship or relationship is meant to last an eternity. I just wish I had realized that sooner.
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