Spring Cleaning - Trying to Marie Kondo the Dreaded Shed

As the frozen north has now given way to monsoon season here in Southwest Missouri (thank goodness because my mud was getting dry). It has given me lots of opportunities to spend "quality" time with my hubby (aka...not so silent partner and financial backer of my farm). While getting those much-needed farmhouse chores (honey do's) accomplished, I had recently heard of this "life-changing" Marie Kondo method of organizing. (Marie Kondo is an organizational expert who helps people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.) Being a sucker for anything that will make things easier and get things done faster around the farm, I happily hopped on the bandwagon.

As I watched these perfectly folded clothes, towels and washcloths have their own place my eyes filled with hope and wonder could I give organization to the one place that does not bring me one ounce of joy when I walk in... the shed?

I sat my hubby down yesterday and said it is finally above freezing I have a great idea, let's go outside and organize the shed. Begrudgingly, he rolled his eyes and said. "Ok, I guess since I can't get anything else done let's try to tackle it."

I was floored, because on our farm the shed is the equivalent of most people's junk drawer. It is a catch-all that has some really important things, some broken things, some fixer uppers and a lot of trash!

My reply, "Ok let's do this!" As we set out this morning to tackle the shed, I had in my mind all of the glorious things I could do with this extra space if I could organize the shed like Marie Kondo would. Maybe I would actually get to park my vehicle in it out of the monsoon rains. Maybe I could put all of my unused workout equipment in it and possibly squeeze in a work out between midnight and 3 a.m. since it is also calving season. Maybe I would just stare in awe of the glorious organization and make it my happy place...my she-shed.

As we began to pile things together, we both started to take things out of the trash pile. First the 10 used pallets that I will someday, maybe, probably make my outdoor pallet furniture. Then out of the trash pile came my old corrugated tin I have been saving for various craft projects. How could hubby expect me to get rid of such treasurers? Then out came his old tools that we're rusted and not working. Next, his welder that blew a motor that he will rebuild someday...you get the idea. We both looked at each other and laughed, because all we had taken out was one feed sack (because feed sacks make excellent recycled trash bags) full of actual paper trash.

As a farmer it is hard to get rid of anything! Every piece of bailing wire, twine and empty feed sack get reused eventually, each has a purpose and can even be re-imagined as something new. As much as I would have enjoyed a clean and organized, she-shed I truly love everything this "muddy" farm life has taught me!


Muddy Pink Tractor Chick,
Michelle Kleeman
Southwest Missouri

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