Everything we do together, in life, is an adventure. Garage cleaning was no exception. It’s just another life adventure we shared.
With 40 years worth of stuff piled to the ceiling, this adventure had 2 distinct parts. First, we had to sort through a garage full of stuff including decades of memories. Then, we had to get rid of all the stuff we didn’t want. This meant giving things away, selling things and hauling things to the dump. Who knew garage cleaning could be so involved? Although there was still lots to do, after a few days hard work, we emptied the garage. We moved everything taken from the garage to the back yard so we could finishing the garage cleaning. Our senior garage cleaning adventure was well underway.
Hauling the Trash
In California, we don’t say “dump.” We take trash to a “transfer station” where it’s sorted into categories like green waste, recyclables, hazardous waste, e-waste, metal, mattresses, glass, cardboard and plastic. From there it goes to a land fill or recycling center. While we were cleaning the garage, we found something in every category. We didn’t sort the trash when we were cleaning the garage, but left that up to the transfer station.
Trash Hauling Services
There are 5 large trash hauling companies and over 20 small, private haulers in our area. That’s about 25 trash hauling services in this one county. That number says a lot about the amount of trash being generated locally. When we multiply that amount across the country and the world, that’s a lot of trash.
There were several large, heavy items in our garage what we wanted to throw away. A small, local company gave us a great price, explained how they disposed of each category of junk. As well, they were willing to load everything for us. We like to support local businesses.
Trash Hauling in Our Car
After all the heavy stuff was hauled away, we decided to save some money and haul the remaining trash bags away in the our car. The car was full except for the driver’s seat as I drove to the transfer station. The transfer station charged a very reasonable fee. I paid the fee and dumped the trash bags while avoiding a huge loader.
We managed to get the entire garage cleaned out. This led to another adventure. We wanted to use the space efficiently. We still had lots of stuff to store. So we decided to build a storage loft. That’s our next adventure.
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