Day 145: A Brisk Walk and Then Five Hours in the Garage (With Motivating Music)

45 minute brisk walk

I could see the sun peeping through the curtains when I woke up this morning. I knew that a brisk walk would make me feel better and hopefully help my neck and headache that I’ve had for a couple of days. I was out for 45 minutes which certainly blew away a few cobwebs and made me feel good.

I really didn’t feel like sitting around again for another day nursing my head, so after breakfast I popped into the garage to see if I could make some progress. As soon as I walked in, I just knew that I could easily spend most of the day in there getting things done. The mess and lack of space makes it a place that no one else (apart from me) wants to be, so it doubles up as a nice little hideaway.

Music is a motivator

I was listening to an audio book at first, but then I stumbled upon on an old radio. I found a station that mostly had non-stop music. Almost every song was one that I could sing and dance along to. Music is such a great motivator for me so I started getting things done a lot quicker.

Help arrived but not for long

The girls came in after about an hour to see where I was, but they soon got bored as there wasn’t much they could help with apart from breaking up a cathedral made of cardboard that one of them made many years ago for a school project. Although I’ve been trying to keep it safe, it had a got a bit battered and dusty. It suddenly didn’t seem as sentimental to us as it used to. We took a couple of photos before destroying it.

The girls left me to carry on because they knew I’d be more productive without them there. There’s something quite therapeutic about going through boxes of old stuff from different phases of my life. What I didn’t realise until this point was that my headache had completely gone (probably went with the clutter). I spent a few hours bagging things up for charity and throwing other stuff away. I ended up with two bags of rubbish, five charity bags and a whole pile of cardboard and other recycling.

Decluttering the garage

I can’t explain how happy I felt going through boxes, throwing things away and moving things around for later sorting. All very satisfying.

A very productive day all round.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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6 Responses to Day 145: A Brisk Walk and Then Five Hours in the Garage (With Motivating Music)

  1. Maria Smith says:

    Well done on tackling the garage, it did make me smile when you said it gave you joy to get stuck in there sorting things out. Clearing my garage fills me with dread. We definitely need a skip to do ours.
    I spent yesterday in the garden and walking, and I do know what you mean about feelig better after a good walk.

    • Yes, I remember you saying that you need to get a skip. I take it you haven’t had any luck yet. The rest of my family also say that we need a skip but I wanted to get in there first and go through some of my boxes, otherwise I’m worried they’ll just throw it all away 😀

  2. Nicely written, your turn around task with your girls was soothing . . . just saying, Claudia

  3. Good going on that pile. It is amazing how the tension in your head and shoulders will go away with music and a cleaner space.

    • Absolutely. The garage will be my ‘go to’ space from now on when I feel the tension as there’s loads of space to clear and it’s very easy to get rid of things in there. Thank you

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