Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Spring cleaning

This morning we conducted the annual "cleaning of the shed." We dragged everything out, cleaned out the remnants of eight wasp nests, sorted through a dozen flower pots, four bags of partially filled potting soil, numerous gardening tools, and enough chemicals to kill every weed in town and/or fertilize every lawn on the block. We divided it all into two boxes: live (for the root starter, plant food, grass seed) and let die (roundup weed killer, insecticides). We got rid of a few shelves, hung all the rakes, shovels, and assorted tools in their proper places. Lost toys were rounded up and returned to their homes, broken bits of fence and trellis were discarded, and we made room for the lawn mower AND the snow blower, parked side by side. (In the next couple months, it's any body's guess which one we'll need).

Here's the crew at work:

Wa-ait a minute. . . looks like we're going to have to dock some one's pay. . .

And what's this?

Oh, I forgot. They're management.


annie said...

That's pretty much how it goes here too!

Becky said...

Oh my goodness that is funny! I love your captions.

And great job on all of that. I am desperate to tear our garage apart. With two sons now moved "OUT" so to speak ... we have numerous boxes and junk leftover from them that need a home. Weight bench, drum set, TWO desks, etc. I just want to back a truck up and fill the be with our contents. I'd love to get two cars in our 2 1/2 car garage. Does that ever happen??

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, that sounds like quite a project! Love the photos and descriptions - wait a minute, they're management! You crack me up :)

Send me some of those spring cleaning vibes... I can't seem to get motivated to do any cleaning that is above the barely-normal, LOL!

Have a great day!

Xandra said...

Love the management crew! LOL!

It amazing how much stuff can fit into one backyard shed, isn't it? Looks like you had great weather (for now!) to tackle that project.


Karen said...

;o) I love the "management"! and your "live and let die" sorting is just too funny!
Everywhere I go around bloggyland today, people are spring cleaning. I need someone to come do my house! I feel I'm getting behind!
Have a great week!

Jen said...

Great team work...lol. We will be doing this soon too. We tilled our garden up last night and will be planting lettuce on Saturday...I'm so excited...

Bev said...

This cracked me up - the management photos, labeling 'live' and 'let die', and parking mowers next to snow blowers. Good for you for getting that big project over with. Come on spring!

the mother of this lot said...

Spring must be on its way if you're shed cleaning!

Kim said...

This post cracked me up! My kids can be sneaky like that in the middle of a project! That was a big project and kudos for getting the job done! Can we borrow your snow blower? My kids actually had a 2 hour delayed start to school today due to the snow we got last night!!! What month is it? And what state/city do I love in? Toto, I don't think we're in Washington anymore!

Bill said...

Yep, that's definitely management! I've been on both sides of the fence, and I speak from experience.

You know, it's a shame they don't make a combo snowblower-mower, isn't it? Maybe you could invent one and make millions.

It's sunny and in the 70's here today. My windows are wide open for the sweet Virginia breeze!

Trailboss said...

You must be union!

Michelle said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments about my bread. Mine is called Pan Pasquale.

This spring cleaning post is pretty cute! Love the captions :)

Stop by anytime!


Tracie said...

How cute - and so much work!

We're on Spring break right now too - why didn't I think of something like this - OK, I'll do it with my husband because Management won't help here.

I love your blog, found you through sweet Kim at Daisy Cottage (the best!).

Happy weekend, you put our messy nest to shame!
My Petite Maison

gail@more than a song said...

I loved how you labeled the boxes "live and let die"...too funny! And about the kids being management!
We usually need to do this to our storage room but haven't yet this year.