Becoming a Bag Lady
One of my 2013 resolutions is to start trying to organize this house. I’ve found that organizing is like putting on foundation…I can’t stop there…I have to then pull out the blush, mascara and lip gloss…and I’m hoping that a little puttin-it-away action will help me finish up some of the spaces we have in this house that I have painfully neglected. One area in particular is our basement workroom.
It’s so messy that it started reproducing sawdust on its own. Crazy.
I asked Jeremy about it and he said that he couldn’t even work in there anymore. That’s when I knew something had to be done. Didn’t want a little clutter to get in the way of me cracking my DIY whip. kidding. only 98%. Seriously though – I knew majority of the reason it was so cluttered was due to my tendency to hoard. All those random branches in the back? Leftover from my sisters wedding. The hundreds of paint cans? all bad paint we got for free from some guy on Craigslist. The bags and buckets of supplies? Evidence of past blog projects. I constantly buy new supplies because I can’t find the old partially used stuff. It’s a disease. With no known medication.
Since Jeremy is the clean one in this relationship, I asked him what we should do first. His answer….purge.
I had just been contacted by the folks at Bagster asking to partner on a project so I ran to my computer to tell them that we needed a bag…pronto.
Jeremy decided to set it up and at first, we thought…oh this is kinda small…we might need two. But we read that the bag is really durable – like can hold 3,300 pounds of debris and is big enough to hold full sheets of plywood, doors and even a bathtub…so we continued on (with crossed fingers).
After all, we have a lot we need to toss. And it’s a lot cheaper than the alternative - borrowing my dad’s truck and taking loads to the dump (which charge by weight…so we would be in trouble with all our cement blocks and wood). Plus, this is a little easier since the pickup comes to you. We have a ton of stuff we pulled out of the yard…like this random old post wrapped in old barbed wire. (doesn’t exactly give off the vibe of ‘safe’ during our playdates!)
And the cut cement blocks from our fire pit project (more on that later)…
(psst…hey turtle sandbox! that’s a blue baby pool….not a female turtle!)
Naughty little reptile
yes…that black thing in the bucket was an outdoor statue of a small child. head and one foot was removed at the time of discovery. CREEPY.
So here it is after the first two loads…
Then we began unloading the bigger items…a broken umbrella, a bunch of stuff I made Jer dumpster dive for, the old random gas pipe we removed from the side of the house (read about that here), treated lumber with nails in it…
And this is it after all that was loaded up…not quite full.
See, we thought SURELY this bag would be too small…but if you look, the sides aren’t even unfolded yet….giving us a ton more room. The rule is that the yellow straps have to be able to meet after you unfold the bag…so we looked harder to see if there was possibly more we could fill it up with…
Enter the gigantor bushes. I ain’t talking about nether regions that need maintenanced. Well…maybe I am. I’m talking about these huge bushes that are on both sides of our driveway…
They were growing so big that it was getting hard to mow the grass over there and the bush itself was getting leggy.
For reference, here’s how big they are compared to my almost six-foot tall boyfriend.
So we called Bagster and asked what was available for pickup in our area. Yard waste ok? Yes.
This is Jeremy’s favorite tool for trimming the bushes…
So one weekend he showed those bushes who was boss…
Will and I (and Weston since technically he was strapped to me in the wrap) cleaned up the mess and hauled it up to the Bagster.
Will got a little John Deere Gator for Christmas and he loves it. like a little too much.
Jer helped me pull the big stuff off the top so we could sandwich the yard waste in the middle…
And then we filled it back up again. One phone call and a few days later, it was gone. I wish I could have seen them hoist it in the air like our friend John Petersik did…mostly because I think Will would have just died and gone to garbage truck heaven! But it was equally nice to not even think about it…that we filled it up and that was that. Like the bag says…buy, fill, gone.
So now we have a decently emptied workroom….Jer is coming up with a plan to get it really organized so more on that to come…and some trimmed bushes….oh and a yard without barbed wire or creepy babies…all in all…a really good day.
p.s. I wanted to mention that even though Waste Management does pick up a variety of stuff with the Bagster Bag, we chose to sort through our junk and donate/recycle anything worth salvaging. Oh and you really shouldn’t burn treated lumber or painted or polyed wood. We called our local metal recycling drop-offs and our favorite donation centers to see what they would accept and we recommend you do too!
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