The Things We Do For Neighbors

You guys, I have been trying to get David to clean out our garage for months.  It is a complete mess, it’s really unsafe, and I imagine it’s probably a fire hazard as well. There was/is so much to be done with the house, that the garage just hasn’t been a priority. It really should be though, since our kids are in there a million times a day getting in and out of the car, and I can trip on everything and anything which isn’t great for a big ole pregnant lady.

David’s usual excuse for not working on the garage (rather than the fact he has 1983298397493849384 other things going on) is that it will take an entire day to take everything out, go through it, and then re organize back into the garage.  I guess I agree with the fact that if you are going to take everything out, you might as well go through everything before putting it all back in.  So, he has been working on every other project except this and I totally understand why, even if it bugs me.

A couple of weeks ago, our neighbor asked me if we could store all of her kids’ vehicles in our garage because they are redoing theirs. First off, no fair!!! Second, how could I say “no, ours is used as a landfill and we have no room”? She gave me almost a months notice, so I told her that it was no problem and we would be happy to let them store their junk with our junk.

I informed David of our neighborly plan, he wasn’t thrilled but I couldn’t go back on my word, so this forced him to somewhat organize the garage. He spent the good half of Saturday in there and I have to say I am more than impressed. You can walk in there, breathe in there, and now we don’t have to be embarrassed every time we open our garage.  There still is a lot to be done (organize the entire back of the garage, paint, redo the floors), but for now this is perfect and its a huge sigh of relief.  Thanks David, I mean neighbors who forced this project on him.

MIA

You guys, it’s been about two weeks since I gave an update. It’s not that there hasn’t been any progress.  David installed the hardware and the light fixture in our laundry room and I will post about that soon.  But,  all of a sudden the season has quickly changed from Fall to winter, and with the snow and coldness, I needed him to clear out the garage so that I could park in there.

To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated to write or even read the blogs that I try to keep up on.  Not sure if I have mentioned this here or not, but I am from Los Angeles. I was born and raised there and lived there until I got married in 2011. I grew up in a suburb called Calabasas which is really close to Thousand Oaks.  The horrific shooting that occurred last week just put me in such a funk.  Between that and the shooting at the synagogue, it was just getting a little depressing looking at happy Instagram photos and reading blog posts about recipes and beauty and fashion while so many people were suffering.  I totally get that you have to live your life and unfortuntely these disgisting events are becoming the norm here, but I think that these two specifically hit home to me since my kids go to a Jewish preschool and since T.O is my home.

Then the devastating fires started.  It was heartbreaking to watch the news and read about the “Camp Fire”, but then the “Woolsey Fire” started.  I am so thankful that all of my family is safe, but it was really scary that they all needed to evacuate and to see the damage that has been done to my hometown.  My sister lives in Malibu and she still can’t go back to her house. It all just made me feel so helpless being so far and not being able to do anything. It also made me feel extremely unmotivated to do anything on the computer except for pay bills and check some emails.

Now that things have somewhat settled down, we have a very busy and fun weekend coming up and an even busier week next week! It’s Eli’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, and we are so excited that my dad is coming into town to celebrate.  He turned 60 today, so we will celebrate him too! Next week we have E’s birthday celebration at school, and then his actual birthday Wednesday, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and my family Hanukkah celebration on Saturday! Oy.

So bear with me as I am slow on the updates these days, I promise there will be more soon.  David is taking the week off so I am putting his butt to work!

Safety Hazard, No More

Hey…remember that time I shared our embarrassing dumpster/garage/landfill situation here and here?

Well this weekend I had a scary revelation that besides it being gross, embarrassing, unsanitary, etc it’s also a huge safety hazard.

David surprised me with a new car on Friday and I really want to park it in the garage this winter, so obvi this is my main reason for getting the garage cleared.  No, not really, in all seriousness, what if there were an emergency or fire and we couldn’t get out of the house through our front door? What if there is so much trash, that the trash catches on fire?

I decided David had to put the laundry room on hold and bag up all of the trash. The garage is finally clear enough to where we could walk safely inside and soon enough park at least one car in it. We eventually want to paint and do the floors in there, but temporarily this will do!

Our Personal Landfill Part 2

If you read my last post, I’m sure the suspense has been killing you. Haha ok maybe not. Anyway, if you didn’t read the post; I’ll sum it up for you. We have too much trash and other crap in our garage. So much that we look like creepy hoarders and need a dumpster to help load it all. It started off being somewhat tolerable, but I finally am at my wit’s end with it.

Now that we recapped on that…

David was getting the stroller out of the garage before Eli’s golf class, and when he went to close it, it broke. Big time.

David went to check on what the problem was, and it looked like the roller came off the track. Seemed like an easy fix, but of course we underestimated the problem.

We had to leave for golf, with the garage wide opened, and our embarrassing hoard like mess.

I went onto Thumbtack and found a guy to come fix it ASAP.  He charged a small fee to come out, and that went towards any materials. We had about 3.5 hours until he was going to come out to fix it, so David had to clean the garage out in that short time period in order to make space for the repair guy. He cleared a lot out before the repair guy arrived, and it looked 10x better than earlier that morning.

The verdict on te garage was that the system was completely broken.  He also told us that it looked like the garage was previously repaired, and they did the repairs incorrectly.  Doesnt surprise me at all to be honest. So after $500.00, we have a semi clean garage, and a brand new garage system that we could connect to our wi-fi.  It is pretty cool, but what would be even cooler, is new garage doors.  Our doors are so cheap looking and old, but until we do the exterior of the house, it just doesn’t make sense to repair them.  Next year!

Here is a little bit of what David accomplished in 3.5 hours.

Our Personal Landfill Part 1

Well, this weekend had some unexpected events with the house. It’s always something.

This post is embarrassing to write, but here it goes. As you already know by now, David is a little bad at estimating how long any project will take. He thought certain rooms would be done months ago, so he was proactive and we purchased all of the materials and supplies months ago. It’s great to think ahead, but it’s not so great to fill our garage with boxes of stuff such as tools, cabinets, shelving, dry wall, more cabinets, more shelving, more boxes. You get the point.

All of this stuff has literally taken up the majority of the garage. It’s all piled in the middle. To the right of this massive pile is all of the boxes from our move that we still have yet to unpack. What should be a walkway on the other side has become our personal landfill.

This landfill in our garage is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, it looks like a scene from hoarders I’m not even kidding. It is a safety hazard and probably so unsanitary I can’t even explain. Obviously I try not to set foot in there, or allow the kids near there.

The problem isn’t that we are nasty messy people, well maybe Dax is, but that’s another story. The problem is that we are constantly receiving boxes and packages for more reasons than I can explain, so we have more trash and empty boxes than we can keep up with on trash day. Because of all of the unopened crap in the garage, we don’t really have a place to leave all of the trash, so it’s been accumulating and piling up and up and up and up and has officially taken over the garage.

Obviously on trash day David takes as much as humanly possible out to the bins, we even signed up for a second trash day, but it still isn’t enough and we just can’t keep up.

Last week I was at my wits end with this situation. I had to load both kids into the car in the pouring rain, I needed something out of the deep freezer that I couldn’t get to. I started researching companies to just send a dumpster to get rid of all of the trash and be done with it so that I could park the car in the garage, and get to the deep freezer. The quotes I saw were astronomical, but so worth it. David disagreed though. He said he had a plan and the trash will be gone soon. Right.

Fortunately for me, I kind of sort of won this battle. We had a little incident with the garage this weekend that made David have to pause on the rest of his 27364848 projects. I’ll get to that in part two, but until then…enjoy this hot mess we have been hiding behind our garage doors. And just so you are aware, this is after David did some major cleaning in it and took out all of the cabinets and boxes. I just couldn’t possibly take a picture of what it looked like before.

Oh, and please no judging!!

When One Door Opens

Let’s talk doors.  To start, we agreed that we would replace all of the doors in the house except for the front door, door leading to the garage, and door leading to outside.  We temporarily were just going to paint those doors to save some money.  However, we noticed that the previous kitchen and laundry room (current mudroom and pantry) are absolutely freezing.  Because those rooms are so cold, the cold air gets into the new kitchen and honestly it is just uncomfortable to be in.  We love the new kitchen so it is painful to be so cold while we are in there.  We decided that it was time to replace the doors leading to the garage and the backyard.  When David took out the old doors, he discovered that they were installed incorrectly.  There was a giant gap from the moldings/door to the wall which was letting all of the cold air in.  He filled it with some foam and put in the new doors and you can already feel a significant difference in the temperature.  Replacing the doors was definitely worth the money now that we know how much air was getting in, but it also makes me a little afraid of what else in the house wasn’t installed correctly.  Only time will tell, I guess! Have a great weekend!