Day 322 The garage – Before and after

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Oh my Colleen, is it a bad sign for me that I didn’t think the before shot looked like it needed work? 🙂 I can see there are many days of work ahead of me, if I compare where you’ve started with where I’m starting. Ah well it’s all relative and any forward progress is progress.
    So glad to hear Liam and your family are making healthy progress.

    • Hi Susan,
      I had a little chuckle when I read your comment. I would like to point out I am a bit of a tidy freak and perfectionist so don’t be alarmed. We all have to start somewhere so long as we start that is the main thing. Just remember one step at a time.

  2. Hahaha! I’m totally with Susan. I *hope* to get my garage looking like the before!

  3. Hi, Colleen, I’m catching up with you after not checking in because I have had company for three days. Your garage hardly looks cluttered in the before photo! But I do see the difference in the after picture.

    Such good news about Liam!

    • Hi Willow,
      I hope you had a nice time with your daughter-in-law. Thank you for the compliment on my garage and thank you for the well wishes for Liam. He will be home for the weekend and most likely discharged very soon after that. We will find out today at a meeting with the medical staff. Fingers crossed.

  4. I have to say that I have never even seen such a clean garage before, and that goes for both pictures!

  5. I’ve only seen one garage cleaner than yours – and I probably don’t need to tell you that it isn’t mine 🙂 Great job.

    And even greater that Liam has made such progress in such a short, short time. Continued best wishes for all of you – these things affect the whole family, don’t they.

    • Hi Jo,
      I am inspired to finish that garage just to see how much better it will look.

      As for Liam we have just brought him home. He will be officially discharged tomorrow so long as he doesn’t have any problems through the night. We don’t expect any problems.

  6. It looks great! The before shot is already pretty good!

  7. Oh dear, this was like playing Spot the difference. It just reiterates there’s a long road ahead of me…

    • Hi Ornela,
      it doesn’t matter how long the road is so long and you keep travelling down it. Just think of it a s a road trip of exploration only the thing you are exploring is yourself and the concept of living with less. For me, I don’t care if this trip takes the 365 days or 3 years I am happy to be on it for the long haul. Just remember to fill you gas tank with a little love occasionally by rewarding yourself for your efforts. Good luck and bon voyage!

  8. Am I the only one who doesn’t see the difference? 🙂 Not that it looks any bad at all. The “beforee” is fine, and if “after” would be required by personal definition, it’d be empty:)

    • Hi Olga,
      I am with you on that. They are before and after shots but not a completed project. I hope it will be a lot emptier before I am satisfied with it. In fact all the stuff sitting along the right wall is stuff to go to the thrift shop or ebay auctions. It will never be empty though because there is always some useful stuff to be kept.

  9. Colleen, I agree with all the others on the photos. At first I thought you had misnamed the “before” photo, until I saw the second one. They both look very good to me, but I tend to be a neat freak and a perfectionist myself. As you’ve said before, “organized clutter is still clutter.” Good job on clearing out some “organized clutter.” 🙂

    • Hi Di,
      you certainly have got the idea that I was going for there. As I was saying to Olga earlier, most of the items along the RH wall are items for the thrift store or to go up for auction on ebay. I would also like to eliminated at least half of the boxes on the back shelves including half the Christmas decorations. Then I may be satisfied with the result. It just goes to show how much organised clutter that has been lingering in my house and even after 323 things have been removed there are still plenty of items left to consider.

  10. HA! Before and After both look better than mine. HA! Alright, now I have to get out there and clean.

    • Hi Megan,
      Ah! The garage it is the holding area for the stuff leaving the house and sometimes they get held there for far too long. Your comment enticed me to get up and take a better look out there and compare it to the photos on this post. Alas it looks worse than both those photos for more reasons than one. There is too much stuff waiting decisions on how best to move it on, there is too much stuff waiting to move on with the children when they leave home and there is a big pile of tiling supplies that should have been used today but the tiler was not happy with the job the builders had done. My husband did delegate a bunch of stuff to the get rid of pile last weekend but unfortunately it is now just waiting to be moved on. I look forward to having my car back so I can start taking care of that issue. The good part is though that once I do sell or donate it the garage will look better than both photos.

  11. I know this is an older post, but I don’t think anyone caught on. What e-Book? By the way: the garage was amazing before as well 🙂 I can understand the tweaks that we don’t like.