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The Very Brave Thing I’m Still Doing

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Last month, I decided to do a very brave thing: Clean out the atrocious, garbage-filled shed in our back yard.  The least complicated way for me to tackle this messy project was to empty the garbage out a little at a time into our trash receptacle.

Here is what the bowels of our shed looked like before its initial purging:

And here is what it looked like after:

I barely made a dent that day…but at least I didn’t unveil any skeletons.

During the second week’s emptying, I discovered a muffin tin:

This and a couple of cracked buckets were the only “treasures” I unearthed out of the whole crusty pile.  [insert "Boo!" here]  At first I thought I might use the muffin tin as a screw and nail organizer, but in the end, I chucked it.  The buckets, however, make handy holding tanks for ashes and compost scraps.

On the third week, I uncovered The Box of Hangers From HELL!!!!

Do you realize how cumbersome it is to dispose of hangers?!! 

True to their nature, hangers hang on everything!  They hung to each other, they hung to the floor boards, they hung to my sleeves.  Needless to say, I had one HECK of a time cramming them into boxes.  Even then, there was not enough room for them in the trash receptacle that week.

By week four, the shed was starting to look empty!

The majority of the bulk was mouse-eaten cardboard boxes which I cut into small pieces and bagged up.  With great pleasure, I disposed of the boxes of hangers and a few garbage bags full of mouse droppings and random bits of trash that covered the shed floor.

No.  These aren’t human baby skeletons.  But I still screamed when they came rolling out of the wood works while I was sweeping.

When I realized that they were just mud dauber nests, I screamed again just to show them who was boss.

This week, I will throw away the bag of cardboard and then, HALLELUJAH!, the shed will be empty!  Then I can finally have it torn down and hauled off!!!

Or…..

…I might do the unthinkable and *gulp* keep the shed!

I know, I know.  I’ve wanted this hunk of junk out of my life since day one…but it would make an excellent chicken coop.

Can’t you just imagine a cluster of chickens roosting up there on that upper timber?

Of course, keeping the shed for a chicken coop means more work (relocating, repairing, painting) but this project is guaranteed to produce treasure: free-range eggs!!!

Here is an idea of how I would like our future chicken coop to look like:

For more on this lovely chicken villa featured in Country Living Magazine, click here!!

P.S.

Since I love starting and completing projects, I have fallen in love with Pancakes and French Fries’ William Morris project.  The gist of this project is to “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Isn’t that a great philosophy to live by?

Read more about current projects and how the project started here.

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