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Cleaning out the garage has been really hard for me. As a collector of stuff, sometimes I find it hard to let go. I commented to Steph during the huge purge of the garage that I really appreciated her not judging those things I wanted to keep. She didn't offer judgement on those things but simply put them aside in the "keep" pile. She was extremely kind and compassionate!
I've since gotten rid of many of those "keep" objects, but there still are a few I've held on to. One object was this ordinary file cabinet. It's well used, extremely rusty and has seen better days--I just couldn't get rid of it! Steph did kind of flash "judgment eyes" when I said I wanted to keep it, but once I explained the reason behind it she understood.
When my parents became full-time RVers in the early 2000s, they used my house as kind of a home base. My dad set up a little workshop in the corner of the garage (that is now the storage space) and that little file cabinet was part of his set-up. The cabinet was a reminder of how much time I got to spend with them before they retired from RVing and moved into a house in south Florida. My dad moved almost all of his workshop stuff into the garage in his new home. The little cabinet was left behind.
Steph came up with a perfect idea on how I could keep part of the cabinet as a memento and trash the rest. Read on to see how we made a little art piece out of part of the cabinet.
Steph printed out a couple of pictures and a card to put in the label holder. We decided to use these cute little wrenches as magnets. We were going to glue on magnets, but realized they'd work without having to attach them. Without the magnets they can still work as wrenches as they are fully functioning tools. We cleaned up the front with a little WD40. This was especially effective on the label holder as almost all the rust came off!
The picture on the left is in my dad's new workshop space and the one on the right was his little space here in my garage! The label has the name and registration number of a plane he used to fly many, many years ago. He has a model of it in his shop which also decorated my garage for many years. If you look at the picture of my dad near the top of the post you can see part of the yellow plane just above his head.
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