Full Garage Cleanse
Full Garage Cleanse
This piece is sponsored by Value Village.
So last night I pulled into our garage after a long and stressful day at the office. To top it off, it was a Monday so it felt even longer than usual. I went to open my door to get out…and couldn’t. The door wouldn’t open more than an inch because it was hitting a bicycle/suitcase/hockey net/hodgepodge of clutter. I actually had to reverse out and park in the driveway. In the rain. I was not happy. I went into the garage and examined my surroundings. At the very best, our clutter filled garage resembled an overly elaborate game of Jenga; one wrong move and the whole thing could come down. At the very worst, I could see the potential for some sort of Raccoon Habitrail. Neither option was at all comforting, and it was at that point that I had a ‘motherly moment of clarity’: we were in need of a serious cleanout.
I then proceeded to put the rest of the family on full notice that the upcoming Saturday would be our ‘Garage Cleanse’ day. This was immediately followed by groans, until I turned those frowns upside down by informing the boys that they each had a budget of 30 dollars to get whatever they wanted at Value Village. I hate to admit it, but sometimes as a mother you need to turn to bribery to get anything done around the house.
Saturday arrived, and thankfully so did the sun. We started bright and early, and thank goodness we did because we had A LOT of old clothes, bikes and other stuff accumulating in every nook and cranny of the garage. We had so much stuff that we actually filled the cab of my husband’s pickup….twice. Upon arriving at Value Village for the second time for our final drop-off, something neat happened. Jackson was unloading his old bike that he had long since grown out of and was wheeling it into the store. Almost immediately, it caught the eye of a young boy whose face said “I have to have that.” After a quick discussion with the store manager, he came up with a great price for the bike, which the boy’s mom happily paid.
Jackson then spent the next half hour showing the boy all of the quirks and features of his old 10 speed that he had nicknamed the ‘Red Dragon.’ It’s rare that you actually get to see the result of your donations, and I can tell that Jackson felt really good that the Red Dragon was going to a great home. We’re fairly active in our community, and I think supporting community programs like Value Village helps to give the kids a sense of selflessness that I hope that they’ll possess all of their lives.
When we got home, we all felt a little better when we pulled into the garage, and I like to think it wasn’t just because of all our newfound space.