This is a look at our basement; our garage looks about the same. I combined households with my best friend of 25 years after my husband died in 2002 and my son went into the Army that same year.

Our house has looked like this for as long as I can remember. I say I want it different, but I just don't seem to know where to start—there is just too much. It is completely overwhelming.
— Lynn

You need to make a "grand occasion" of the decluttering of your garage and basement.

Decide a date, send out invitations to four of your good friends, arrange for some great food to be available (and maybe a bottle or three of goodwine!), rent a Dumpster, get some boxes and trash bags, line up a charity to stop by for a pickup at the end of the day and then get to work!

Decide you're going to work for two- or three-hour stints, and you'll be amazed at what you'll be able to achieve with the support of friends, a fixed deadline and a plan.

What are you waiting for? Get started on those invitations now!

— Peter


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