The task of cleaning the garage for the summer is daunting if you have a boat moored where the second car is supposed to be, or if you have the old refrigerator you did not throw away when you bought a frost-free fridge.
Garage Cleaning Lunch
The troops shall be fed. It will be a good strategy to tell people who live somewhere around this yard, that there will be a sumptuous lunch afterwards. I wouldn’t call it a bribe. Incentive. Some folks work better if they are incentivised. Is this a real word? Never mind. Dictionary later!
· Place chicken thighs, drumsticks, wings and chicken breasts in a big foil tray or casserole dish.
· Add marinade made with less sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, crushed garlic, sage, rosemary, black pepper and olive oil.
· Marinade in the morning and push the tray in the oven at noon, or an hour before lunch.
· Grated carrots with raisins will make a great bridesmaid.
· Make sure you have ingredients for a Greek salad.
· Dessert is canned yellow cling peaches and fresh cream. Ice cream for the kids? No problem.
Recycling Garage Items
What is in the garage? That would be a good starting point. You need a clipboard to write down answers to the question: Why am I keeping this?
Maybe kids should do the writing so that you can correct their atrocious spelling. Answers will help you decide whether you need a moving company van or you can dispose unwanted things yourself. Surely you can do the following:
· Manufacturers’ boxes that came with the microwave, the Bosch music system, electric serving tray, boxes with kids’ toys, will have to go to the recycling dumpster.
· The photocopying machine you used in the last millennium must go to those special plants that recycle electronics.
· The two-person bike you kept although you are divorced, should go to a second-hand shop, somewhere. In fact, all unused bikes should be donated.
· The work-bench you do not use because you are no longer into carpentry or you were just plain bad at it must go, together with its bad memories.
· Cans of old paints, have no business to be in the garage or anywhere in the house.
· The old gardening hose is redundant, now that you have a sprinkler system.
· Golf irons are not sold in dollar stores. You bought them because you thought you will be the next Tiger Woods or Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. Donate golf bags to organisations that introduce golf to kids from poorer communities.
· Remove everything from the garage.
· Park cars on the street or the lawn if you have a big yard.
· Wear rain boots and hose garage from top to bottom.
· Go to the store, leaving the garage to dry out.
Fun! Fun! Fun! It will be a great bonding exercise for all concerned, especially grown up kids as they laugh at their old clothes.
By: Nonqaba waka Msimang