Sorting Through Things

I finally got enough nerve to finish up the shop area.  We had started on it over two years ago.  My husband hired a man who said he knew carpentry.  The man had some pressing needs so my husband paid him part way through (without asking for my opinion).  Well, the man went as far as he knew how to panel the walls (over metal beams), got discouraged, and didn’t come back.  I’ve done carpentry all my life, and I tried to show him how to finish off the wall casings, but he wouldn’t do it.  So the disarray has been there since then.  Some of the panels fell of the ceiling, and the things he put outside are still there, partially ruined.

Recently, I got two young men still in their teens to come help finish up the job.  They pulled everything out of  the shop and stacked them on pallets so I could put a large plastic covering over the items in case it rained.  And then they haven’t come back yet.  I found I must compete with their parents and other jobs for their labor, so I agreed to wait for them.  I am taking the opportunity to sort through boxes (and more boxes) that are under that big plastic covering.  The “throw away” pile is growing and surpassing the “keep” boxes or piles.  A friend is helping me so I don’t panic at all the tedious tasks.  My husband has been having us keep jelly jars, etc. for nails, screw, and whatever.  I thought he was being a big pack-rat, but now I’m happy he insisted.  It’s hard to believe there are so many sizes and types of screws and nails, and they all have jars now.

I have discovered the best way to throw away things (I’m a borderline hoarder) is to a) let them get rained on, b) let them get damaged with a couple of summer’s heat, c) let the mice eat on them, and e) forget the heck what it is or what it went to.  I found some treasures I have been needing: a tire gauge and a utility knife.  I found some interesting things: an angle pitch-finder, put out by Sears, so it must be good if I can figure out how to use it, and a gadget for cutting circles.  Can’t part with them…

We’re only spending an hour or so a day so we don’t loose our minds with the tediousness of the task.  Another day or two will see us to the other side of the pile.  Then, when the guys put the cabinets and workbenches back in place, we can find a permanent place for the items we have sorted through.  Of course, there will be groupings or areas for tools, plumbing, electrical, hardware, etc.  And beware of anyone who enters and messes it up!

Now, I wish I would get brave enough to sort through other areas in my life…