We finally got the garage cleaned out, swept out and purged of extraneous junk! We moved everything outside on the driveway first to see what we had and what was worth keeping. Then we swept the floor. We ended up with a big box full of old hay, dry leaves that had blown in, and a whole bunch of plain old dust. We even swept the walls and windows where cobwebs were accumulated. Has anyone ever SEEN a cob? I'm thinking they're spider webs and somebody just thought cobwebs sounded less creepy! Anyway, they're gone now and it looks much better!
Before we moved stuff back, we sorted it according to it's function. Everything to do with yard maintenance went in one area, chemicals and pesticides in another are, then horse equipment in another and so on. When everything was sorted into categories, we looked at the available space to decide where each category would best fit to be both accessible and logical.
While sorting for function, we tossed anything that was not worth keeping in the back of the pickup parked on the driveway. Three and a half hours after we started, we were finally finished. We were dusty, dirty and just plain tuckered out. But the pickup truck was full of junk ready to be hauled off, the items we had moved back into the garage were cleaned up and arranged in an organized fashion. Amazing how much floor space we gained by this exercise!
We don't have garbage service out here but there is a local collection station about four miles from our place. For a mere $15/year, county residents can make as many trips as they want to drop off their garbage. Household garbage goes in a special bin that has been fitted with a compactor and general junk (as in our case today) goes into a large metal roll-off bin. Metal has to go in a separate pile, but other than that, there's not much sorting. It's really a good deal. What we hauled off today would have filled at least six or seven standard garbage cans and most residential trash services won't pick up that much at one time. So we would have had to dole it out over several weeks.
Cleaning out that garage has been on the To Do List for a long time. Even being tired and knowing I'll be a little sore tomorrow is worth it knowing it's finally done!