Monday Night Surface Challenge.
Took longer to snap the pics than unfuck my living room end table.
Thanks for the nudge!
As promised, the still-fucked back left corner of my garage,
You can imagine that door to the backyard didn’t get used too often. (Um, is that what I think it is?)
Yep! Any takers? No? Okay, have an AFTER:
The green barrel is where I keep the cat food. I got it from a friend whose son used to work at Hidden Valley Ranch - works great for keeping ants out.
Oh my, there really is light at the end of the tunnel. (Or a backyard that could use some unfucking too…)
This took about half an hour.
Since finding UfYH last August, I have made vast improvements on keeping up with my house. I finally unfucked my rooms enough to get my carpet cleaned, including inside the closets. The cat pee is finally HISTORY! I haven’t had a floordrobe for 8 months, and insane amounts of backed-up dishes and laundry are a thing of the past. I still have some unfucking to do in my house, but it’s mainly down to an overhaul of my laundry room and reorganizing a few kitchen cupboards.
The garage, however, I haven’t touched for over 7 years, except to add more stuff. Since I could still park my car inside, I didn’t have the motivation to deal with the mess until a few weeks ago, when the temperature became just right for me to work outside.
BEFORE (6 or so weeks ago):
I began to work on it the UfYH (no burn-out) way, and after less than one hour per week,
+ 6 weeks of this
+ 1 trip to the dump with awesome son using awesome brother’s truck, here are BEFORE AND AFTERS:
The several black garbage bags are not really an issue, they just have insulation I use to plug up the opening to my swamp cooler in the winter.
ZOMG, is that a floor?! Last week I took our old TV and monitor to an Earth Day recycling location. Obviously there’s still a lot of stuff to go through (I’ll wager most of it is trash + camping stuff I’ll never use + a couple more big items for the dump) but I can manage one or two boxes/bags per week, even in the summer.
I have to figure out how to get rid of old paint (the waste company won’t take it unless it’s dry), and the corner on the left side of the car needs to be cleaned up, which I’ll do this weekend. (Not shown… yet.)
The side wall still needs a little more work, and our poor bikes need to be washed before I take them in for a tune up, but at least now I can get to them! I’ll post more pics once I finish organizing, which might not be for a while.
I always struggle to keep yards tidy, I find getting my hands dirty overwhelming, and we rent an older condo, so I don’t want to spend a lot of money improving someone else’s property. This year I decided to plant some herbs, and I managed to buy soil and boxes for them. And then I was inspired, and found a shelf for them to grow on. And a little table so we can use our chairs!
And then I finally did the Big Project I’ve Been Dreading for Two Years. The back corner there, with the AC? It fills with weeds. You can’t mow it, nothing will grow back there but mold and huge weeds. It drips vent water out the wall. The weeds get caught in the AC unit. It’s just basically a big useless gross space. Last year I found those red brick trims behind a bush and dragged them to the front, and there they sat for a full year, waiting for me to get motivated.
So I dug up all the weeds and accidentally decapitated a snake and sprayed the area with weed killer to keep it from coming back and put down no-grow mesh and then hauled 7 giant bags of rocks into my car, and then around back and dumped them into the pit I made with the red trim and HOLY MOLY it looks like a REAL YARD THING.
Aaand I bricked up/wired shut the rusty plate back over the hole in the subfoundation where the cat keeps trying to hide. Aaanndd I bought a reasonable sized hose I can actually lift and put the huge heavy one we don’t need behind a bush. And I bought a trellis for the wild ivy that’s growing in the corner and is probably killing that ugly bush? Well. Okay. That’s a project for another day.
HABITAT UNFUCKED. WILD SUCCESS. CHEERING. SLEEPING. SLEEEEEEPING. (I also scrubbed the bathroom in between hauling rocks around. Its’ been a busy day.)
So, your landlord/parent/home inspector/favorite movie star is dropping by, and your place is a disaster. You don’t have much time to clean it up. You’re in emergency mode. Let’s get started.
- Don’t panic. Panic leads to fear, fear leads to procrastination, procrastination leads to the dark…
Keeping for an emergency…