I stood at the doorway into the house and snapped a panorama of my garage. Once I got to the door to the back yard, I had to step down to continue the circle.
Buried in there were some chairs, a bowflex, some yard equipment, a box of mattress remnants, a diningroom table and a large piece of green foam.
Not only was it cluttered with stuff, it was filthy. Spiderwebs, sawdust, fur and plain old dust covered most everything. Lint too - which I will go into more detail on shortly.
The Boy grabbed a broom and started sweeping, amazed at how much there was to be swept up. After he finished sweeping, I sent him away so that I could consider how to accomplish the next part. While I was thinking, I started vacuuming up spiderwebs from everywhere and when I got to the dryer, I realized that there was lint concreted to the floor and wall behind - the vent had come loose allowing lint to blow all over the place. That decided my next course of action.
You do know that lint accumulating in your dryer can cause a fire, right? I already knew I was overdue to clean it out. My FIL bought a "Lint Lizard" which is an attachment for your vacuum that goes down the lint hole. Just cleaning the screen doesn't cut it. I managed to remove a lot of lint using the Lint Lizard that FIL gave me. I also have a long round brush for cleaning the dryer vent hose and the bottom part of the dryer. I got a lot out! I also cleaned the washing machine. I'm amazed at all the dirt that accumulates in weird places - like the lid. Also pulled the fabric softener dispenser apart and cleaned that. There was a semi-solid, shiny black coating under the cup where the stuff is dispensed. Yuck! that's all clean now!
There was a weird shelf that stuck out from that bottom level over the dryer. It was supposed to hold laundry detergent and such. I always hated that shelf, so I took it down. This is much more open and makes more sense. It's actually rather nice to do laundry now.
This is one side of the garage, next to the AC unit. It's full again with chairs from the diningroom - but that's only temporary until we put our diningroom back together.
It's much more open now that I've gotten rid of so much stuff. But I'm not done yet! Another weekend in the near future should see me finish it off.