Clean Your Garage

You don’t need that s*%$ anymore!

Aaron McClure
3 min readApr 2


Anybody whose ever moved from one place to another (for whatever reasons) knows the struggle of separation. We keep things we think we’ll need but ultimately, just end up throw them away in another place.

I’ve moved several times in my adult life. Like you, I’ve carried things that I thought I’d need in the future. Just this morning as I was cleaning up the “shop” I kept coming across misc. items and tools that I knew had value at one point but were only kept for the “just in case” scenarios.

Then it hit me, JUST IN CASE has and will never come.

The percentage of times that my “emergency” parts have been useful is minimal. So it begs the question; why keep it around?

Of garages and pain

When we move on from places we carry things. We do the same when we move on from people/relationships. We are able to bring along a lot of good memories, but conversely, we also have pain that tags along.

Just as we can recall the jokes, we can still hear the arguments. Generally, the tears of joy are vastly outnumbered by the tears of hurt and betrayal. The same person who could make you laugh also made you cry.

For me it has been many years from the various people of whom pain was exchanged with. I still carry the echoes of unpleasant situations and the guilt that I have for my reactions. We all wish we could go back and stop ourselves from causing those episodes — but then we wouldn’t be where we are today.

It’s time to throw it out

Just as I continue to place item after item in the garbage bags(s) while clearing out the shop, I try to do the same with my mind.

There are old files that were only useful to help push me where I couldn’t be any longer. They were once fresh and used as motivation to keep going to get as far away from ill-fitting situations as possible. Now they sit there, dusty and still where they were as though I will put myself in a foolish enough position to need them again.

Occasionally, we trip over them and revisit the unpleasantness, then quickly close the box back up.



Aaron McClure

Project Manager, blogger, writer. I write about the struggles of life and how to grow as a unique person. I welcome all open discussions.