I have been regularly reviewing my project goals for the summer, trying to stay on track as best I can. For the most part, I am right on track to complete everything! Of course, I’ve found a million and a half other little projects that need attention along the way. Since the barn is so slow this summer, it seems like the perfect time to catch up on some cleaning and organizing.
I have this odd space at the end of the barn, and it’s always been a bit of an eyesore. It has served several purposes, but in the past couple years I’ve settled on using it as hay storage. Some of my partial boarders choose to bring their own hay from home, and this area is super handy for that purpose. In the middle of the school year, it will be full of different kinds of hay, but right now there’s none! I had to take the opportunity to clean it out. The problem with doing a lot of extra projects right now, is that it’s blazin’ hot outside. We’ve been in heat warnings every day, and temperatures stay in the 90s well into the evening.
So, my mom had this ground-breaking idea to just do a little at a time! What the what?! Dang, she’s smart. Armed with our little plan, we started pulling out one or two pallets every day and cleaning small spaces at a time.
There was some nasty stuff living under those pallets.
Slowly, but surely, we kept pulling out old pallets, sweeping, scraping, and gagging.
I threw away all that old hay, swept the cobwebs off the wall, and pulled out that metal shelving unit. I took it outside and sprayed it down.
It was in surprisingly good shape, and after destroying all the old mud-dobber nests, I decided to use it in the feed room! Nothing makes me happier than finding new uses for old things. Plus, it will be really useful when all my boarders come back in August. I’ve been wanting something to hold supplements so they’re off the floor.
I still have a couple pallets and some things that belong to a boarder, but for the most part it looks so much better!
Little-by-little, side projects are getting done and the barn is looking better all the time!